Do you like your neighborhood? Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors? No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Anchorage, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.
Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits — less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Anchorage neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?
Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Anchorage are the best. If you’re in one of the places we’re about to highlight, odds are you know you’ve got it made.
Here are the best neighborhoods in Anchorage for 2018:
- Rabbit Creek (Homes)
- Mid-Hillside (Homes)
- Chugiak (Homes)
- South Addition (Homes)
- Huffman-O’malley (Homes)
- Tudor Area (Homes)
- Birchwood (Homes)
- Rogers Park (Homes)
- Eagle River Valley (Homes)
- Sand Lake (Homes)
Read on to see how we determined the places around Anchorage that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Anchorage.
If you’re thinking of moving to elsewhere in Alaska check out:
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How do you determine the top neighborhoods in Anchorage for 2018?
In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Anchorage, we had to determine what criteria defines a ‘best’.
Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:
- High incomes
- Low unemployment rates
- Low crime
- High home prices
- High population densities (A proxy for things to do)
We limited the analysis to neighborhoods with over 1,000 people.
We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 29 in each category, where 1 was the best.
Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.
And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the ‘Best City Neighborhood In Anchorage.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Rabbit Creek.
Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places Anchorage has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.
1. Rabbit Creek
Median Income: $148,635
Median Home Value: $493,267
Median Income: $147,807
Median Home Value: $435,300
Median Income: $92,164
Median Home Value: $353,275
4. South Addition
Median Income: $84,877
Median Home Value: $394,771
Median Income: $151,468
Median Home Value: $397,929
6. Tudor Area
Median Income: $86,338
Median Home Value: $338,350
Median Income: $105,269
Median Home Value: $320,700
8. Rogers Park
Median Income: $93,587
Median Home Value: $334,450
9. Eagle River Valley
Median Income: $112,756
Median Home Value: $335,257
10. Sand Lake
Median Income: $86,728
Median Home Value: $268,022
Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of Anchorage
If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Anchorage where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.
If you’re curious, here are the worst places in Anchorage:
- Mountain View
For more reading, check out:
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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Anchorage
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