These Are The 10 Best Small Towns In Alaska For 2018


We used science and data to determine which small towns in Alaska are the best of the best..

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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:

  1. Farmers Loop
  2. Haines
  3. Skagway
  4. Kachemak
  5. Farm Loop
  6. Cordova (Photos)
  7. Unalaska (Photos)
  8. Port Alsworth
  9. Goldstream
  10. 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.

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1. Farmers Loop


Population: 4,517
Median Income: $100,518 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $243,400 (16th Best)

2. Haines

Haines, AK

Population: 1,838
Median Income: $69,292 (36th Best)
Median Home Value: $219,900 (26th Best)

3. Skagway

Skagway, AK

Population: 972
Median Income: $64,412 (48th Best)
Median Home Value: $314,200 (4th Best)

4. Kachemak


Population: 537
Median Income: $75,000 (26th Best)
Median Home Value: $312,800 (5th Best)

5. Farm Loop


Population: 1,119
Median Income: $88,125 (8th Best)
Median Home Value: $240,900 (18th Best)

6. Cordova

Cordova, AK

Source: Public domain

Population: 3,047
Median Income: $107,771 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $299,500 (6th Best)

7. Unalaska

Unalaska, AK

Source: Public domain

Population: 4,710
Median Income: $92,083 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $339,900 (2nd Best)

8. Port Alsworth


Population: 156
Median Income: $79,375 (18th Best)
Median Home Value: $333,300 (3rd Best)

9. Goldstream


Population: 3,960
Median Income: $83,599 (12th Best)
Median Home Value: $209,100 (31st Best)

10. Soldotna

Soldotna, AK

Population: 4,471
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?

If you’re curious, here are the worst small towns in Alaska:

  1. Tetlin
  2. Tanacross
  3. Tyonek

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Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Alaska

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Farmers Loop 4,517 $100,518 $243,400
2 Haines 1,838 $69,292 $219,900
3 Skagway 972 $64,412 $314,200
4 Kachemak 537 $75,000 $312,800
5 Farm Loop 1,119 $88,125 $240,900
6 Cordova 3,047 $107,771 $299,500
7 Unalaska 4,710 $92,083 $339,900
8 Port Alsworth 156 $79,375 $333,300
9 Goldstream 3,960 $83,599 $209,100
10 Soldotna 4,471 $67,434 $223,000
11 Seward 2,714 $70,000 $192,500
12 Dillingham 2,296 $71,146 $255,500
13 Moose Creek 739 $53,879 $200,800
14 North Pole 2,300 $69,806 $217,000
15 Diamond Ridge 1,201 $78,553 $251,900
16 Ester 2,727 $69,076 $195,300
17 Ridgeway 2,338 $108,409 $251,400
18 Nome 3,782 $78,507 $209,700
19 Seldovia 247 $43,889 $206,800
20 Tenakee Springs 172 $54,375 $237,500
21 Lazy Mountain 1,538 $74,886 $268,500
22 Healy 1,115 $101,136 $248,100
23 Valdez 3,930 $80,357 $189,000
24 Naknek 544 $79,688 $205,000
25 Butte 3,905 $77,750 $238,300
26 Gustavus 472 $57,019 $269,200
27 Crown Point 108 $55,714 $184,500
28 Anderson 168 $90,000 $121,600
29 Galena 524 $70,536 $117,400
30 Thorne Bay 625 $62,857 $221,000
31 Silver Springs 172 $83,750 $200,000
32 Kotzebue 3,288 $85,278 $194,900
33 Aniak 526 $59,464 $202,400
34 Delta Junction 1,050 $76,667 $198,300
35 Buffalo Soapstone 836 $67,321 $181,900
36 Fritz Creek 2,043 $67,969 $267,800
37 Deltana 2,409 $75,250 $264,600
38 Salcha 1,068 $77,917 $207,600
39 King Salmon 343 $94,167 $196,900
40 Craig 1,257 $62,500 $210,900
41 Barrow 4,316 $78,804 $177,800
42 Yakutat 618 $66,875 $165,800
43 Seldovia Village 175 $61,094 $195,800
44 King Cove 1,080 $72,679 $128,500
45 Cooper Landing 489 $66,167 $375,500
46 Salamatof 1,074 $57,250 $208,900
47 Hoonah 774 $59,167 $167,900
48 Big Delta 577 $80,250 $173,000
49 Womens Bay 923 $69,866 $292,200
50 Big Lake 3,552 $68,875 $195,600
51 Bear Creek 1,389 $82,788 $153,300
52 Koliganek 162 $55,417 $129,200
53 Gakona 166 $60,625 $220,000
54 Metlakatla 1,620 $53,846 $141,700
55 Wrangell 2,401 $52,986 $183,300
56 Talkeetna 844 $59,457 $152,100
57 Sand Point 1,248 $65,764 $128,300
58 Unalakleet 696 $64,583 $142,700
59 Knik River 757 $65,625 $208,100
60 Anchor Point 2,018 $54,855 $180,400
61 Cohoe 1,321 $63,929 $212,500
62 Nuiqsut 347 $84,464 $85,000
63 Saxman 422 $47,000 $195,200
64 Clam Gulch 198 $39,769 $131,300
65 Cantwell 204 $55,313 $156,300
66 Shaktoolik 246 $56,250 $100,000
67 Newhalen 143 $36,250 $137,500
68 Glennallen 192 $19,073 $59,100
69 Funny River 972 $71,071 $180,100
70 Glacier View 220 $55,417 $170,700
71 Tazlina 322 $61,964 $227,300
72 Houston 2,028 $52,500 $175,200
73 Tok 1,239 $59,018 $159,700
74 Ninilchik 766 $50,391 $175,000
75 Coffman Cove 180 $52,083 $241,700
76 Susitna North 1,332 $45,781 $199,300
77 Chefornak 507 $53,333 $106,300
78 Willow 2,081 $53,958 $150,300
79 Kaktovik 166 $53,750 $100,000
80 Mcgrath 332 $58,750 $88,600
81 Whittier 318 $47,813 $66,100
82 Atqasuk 167 $57,500 $122,500
83 Adak 122 $75,000 $21,700
84 St. Paul 525 $60,000 $86,800
85 Manokotak 787 $37,708 $87,500
86 Chevak 1,194 $41,417 $89,200
87 Akutan 782 $24,464 $95,700
88 Sutton-Alpine 1,564 $39,063 $162,500
89 Kake 627 $48,500 $128,600
90 Copper Center 335 $43,125 $121,200
91 Point Hope 604 $60,208 $89,500
92 Quinhagak 729 $35,781 $112,500
93 Point Mackenzie 600 $80,417 $129,200
94 Toksook Bay 503 $53,750 $80,000
95 Nenana 373 $45,000 $93,800
96 Port Lions 240 $54,375 $154,500
97 Wainwright 488 $51,563 $97,900
98 Mountain Village 838 $37,813 $74,600
99 Nikolaevsk 257 $29,583 $112,500
100 Scammon Bay 521 $31,875 $92,900

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