These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Anchorage


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Anchorage are the best of the best.

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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:

  1. South Addition
  2. Huffman-O’Malley
  3. Mid-Hillside
  4. Rabbit Creek
  5. Rogers Park
  6. Eagle River Valley
  7. Turnagain
  8. Scenic Foothills
  9. Old Seward-Oceanview
  10. Tudor Area

Read on to see how we determined the places around Anchorage that deserve a little bragging rights.

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How do you determine the best neighborhoods in Anchorage?

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, South Addition.

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.

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1. South Addition

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,029
Median Home Price: $381,829
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,877
Unemployment Rate: 1.6%

2. Huffman-O’Malley

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,277
Median Home Price: $397,114
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,116
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%

3. Mid-Hillside

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,769
Median Home Price: $434,450
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,877
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%

4. Rabbit Creek

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,018
Median Home Price: $479,400
Crimes Per 100K People: 1,877
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%

5. Rogers Park

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,380
Median Home Price: $318,275
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,173
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%

6. Eagle River Valley

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,674
Median Home Price: $324,386
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,355
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%

7. Turnagain

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,354
Median Home Price: $288,231
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,390
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%

8. Scenic Foothills

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,599
Median Home Price: $250,983
Crimes Per 100K People: 4,589
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%

9. Old Seward-Oceanview

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,460
Median Home Price: $296,580
Crimes Per 100K People: 3,785
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%

10. Tudor Area

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,826
Median Home Price: $334,150
Crimes Per 100K People: 2,732
Unemployment Rate: 8.8%

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:

  1. Downtown
  2. Mountain View
  3. Fairview

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Anchorage

Neighborhood Rank Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
South Addition 1 4,029 $381,829 1,877 1.6%
Huffman-O’Malley 2 10,277 $397,114 2,116 2.5%
Mid-Hillside 3 4,769 $434,450 1,877 2.9%
Rabbit Creek 4 6,018 $479,400 1,877 3.0%
Rogers Park 5 3,380 $318,275 3,173 4.4%
Eagle River Valley 6 10,674 $324,386 3,355 2.5%
Turnagain 7 9,354 $288,231 3,390 3.9%
Scenic Foothills 8 9,599 $250,983 4,589 3.4%
Old Seward-Oceanview 9 6,460 $296,580 3,785 3.9%
Tudor Area 10 1,826 $334,150 2,732 8.8%
Bayshore-Klatt 11 8,608 $273,983 4,085 3.2%
Chugiak 12 4,622 $333,450 3,395 6.3%
Birchwood 13 1,722 $304,750 4,310 2.7%
Sand Lake 14 21,443 $277,689 4,186 4.7%
Abbott Loop 15 25,229 $251,280 4,597 5.3%
Campbell Park 16 8,651 $254,400 4,434 6.4%
North Star 17 3,224 $244,525 4,420 6.5%
Eagle River 18 9,673 $270,225 4,500 4.9%
University Area 19 9,932 $256,311 4,517 7.6%
Government Hill 20 1,407 $344,400 4,769 5.7%
Taku-Campbell 21 13,096 $217,358 5,102 5.1%
Northeast 22 27,319 $207,555 5,475 6.6%
Spenard 23 11,149 $205,113 5,370 6.0%
Airport Heights 24 7,132 $202,286 5,523 6.3%
Midtown 25 5,027 $185,420 5,985 4.4%
Russian Jack Park 26 12,111 $160,142 6,244 8.3%
Fairview 27 6,376 $210,000 5,564 9.0%
Mountain View 28 8,044 $160,514 6,799 7.9%
Downtown 29 1,196 $165,800 5,849 11.7%

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