You’ve seen these lists before: Best places to live in Alaska, Most Beautiful Downtowns, etc., etc. But all of them focus on major cities and towns in the Last Frontier and no one pays attention to the little guy.
Well, that’s all about to change as we put together a list of the best small towns in Alaska based on numbers–not opinions or hearsay.
We’ll dive right into our methodology in the next section; but first, we thought you might just want to know which places in Alaska ranked the based–you know, based on science.
Here are the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in Alaska for 2018:
- Farmers Loop
- Farm Loop
- Cordova (Photos)
- Unalaska (Photos)
- Port Alsworth
- Soldotna (Photos)
If you live in one of these small towns like Farmers Loop, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.
But for the rest of you–keep reading and we’ll get to just why these small towns made our list.
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How We Determined The Coolest Towns In Alaska
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent data from the Census’s 2012-2016 American Community Survey and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:
- Population Density (Higher is better)
- Lowest Unemployment Rates
- Housing costs (Higher is better. More demand.)
- Adjusted Median Income (Higher is better)
- Highly Educated Adults (Higher is better)
- Insurance Rates (Higher is better)
- Commute Times (Lower is better)
We looked at places with populations lower than 5,000 people and greater than 100, of which, there were a lot – 188 to be exact.
We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 188, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Alaska. Top of that list — Farmers Loop.
Keep reading to find out more about our top 10 best small towns in Alaska.
1. Farmers Loop
Median Income: $100,518 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $243,400 (16th Best)
Median Income: $69,292 (36th Best)
Median Home Value: $219,900 (26th Best)
Median Income: $64,412 (48th Best)
Median Home Value: $314,200 (4th Best)
Median Income: $75,000 (26th Best)
Median Home Value: $312,800 (5th Best)
5. Farm Loop
Median Income: $88,125 (8th Best)
Median Home Value: $240,900 (18th Best)
Median Income: $107,771 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $299,500 (6th Best)
Median Income: $92,083 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $339,900 (2nd Best)
8. Port Alsworth
Median Income: $79,375 (18th Best)
Median Home Value: $333,300 (3rd Best)
Median Income: $83,599 (12th Best)
Median Home Value: $209,100 (31st Best)
Median Income: $67,434 (40th Best)
Median Home Value: $223,000 (23rd Best)
Science Can Tackle Any Issue, Even Small Ones
We said it once and we’ll say it again — this list: it’s just science. We did the research, we crunched the numbers, and it turns out, these 10 small towns in Alaska are the best, in which to live.
And who can argue with that?
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Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Alaska