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Where are the best places in the state of Alaska?
To the untrained eye they are the places that have awesome economies. They're the places in Last Frontier where people have the best jobs, residents are all above average, and the sun shines the most.
However, here at HomeSnacks, we don't trust the untrained eye and instead look to data to understand the best places to call home in Alaska.
There might be some surprises on this list, but when you look at the unbiased data, it's hard to argue against.
After analyzing 22 places in Alaska, we came up with this list of the best places.
Here are the 10 best places to live in Alaska for 2019:
- Unalaska (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Cordova (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Sitka (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Valdez (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Juneau (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Seward (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Homer (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Dillingham (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- North Pole (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Soldotna (Photos | Homes For Sale)
Well, it looks like you should check out Unalaska if you're thinking of moving to Alaska -- it's the best the Last Frontier has to offer according to the data.
Follow along as we provide more insight into how we reached our overall best places to live in Alaska.
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The 10 Best Places To Live In Alaska For 2019
When you're looking at things from purely a scientific standpoint, Unalaska is the best place in Alaska for 2019.
The residents of Unalaska earn the 2nd most per household of any city in the state. Home prices are really high, which means people want to live there very badly. And the crime is very low as well.
Unalaska has a well deserved spot on this list.
Known for its low unemployment rates and great education, Cordova is a wonderful place to live in this state.
The relatively stable household incomes and below average crime rates don't hurt either!
While it may not be as great as some other places on this list, Cordova still holds its own in in Alaska.
Crime is something that doesn't happen very often in Sitka. Statistically the 5th safest place in the state, there were only 12 violent crimes in the entire city last year.
It's really beautiful in Sitka, and new homes continue to replace older homes. Resident earn $70,160 a year, and homes are valued at more than $341,600.
What else could you possibly want if you're someone who likes the good things in life?
Good things do come in small packages; it's true for Valdez, which with a population of 3,930 makes it one of the smallest on this list.
Relatively low unemployment and relatively high adjusted income are just two blessings Valdez residents enjoy.
The 4th lowest crime rate in all of Alaska makes Valdez one of the safest place on this list.
If you don't have a job in Juneau, you're most likely not trying very hard. The unemployment rate here is almost as low as you can get -- 4.9%. In fact, there are probably enough butler and landscaping jobs available here to put every single unemployed resident to work, what with a median income of $87,436.
That's actually not a bad idea...
Seward is feeling the love as it ranks as the 6th best city to live in Alaska for 2019.
It ranked highly because of its high incomes (11th overall) and low crime (9th overall and one of the best in the top ten).
We think the city should probably change its motto at this point to something like "The Place To Be In Alaska".
The tiny town of Homer may not remain tiny forever. The word has been out for a long, long time about how special this place is.
The residents are heavily involved in making their community even more awesome, and as many Alaska residents know, Homer is a great central spot for making the most of life.
We think the motto in Dillingham should be "Everything is greater in Dillingham," and that seems to be pretty close to the truth.
Dillingham has some of the highest home values in Alaska, and they're going up fast. Additionally, Dillingham only has 890.0% of its residents living in poverty.
Crime is also well below the state average, making Dillingham a solid option for people who value safety. At least those who can afford it.
North Pole is a cute little city where crime is far below the state average, and where it's affordable. The schools are also solidly rated.
Home prices clock in at $217,000 and households earn a median salary of $69,806. One could get used to that.
The crime is the 19th lowest in the state in Soldotna, and there were only 34 violent crimes in the entire city last year. We think it's even safer here than the numbers indicate.
The schools are some of the best in Alaska, and residents live in very expensive homes. They also earn more than most every other city in the state. Residents in Soldotna earn $67,434 a year.
Mapping The Best And Worst Places To Live in Alaska
The Pressing Question: Size
Before we even started to collect data, we had to answer a tough question: Is it fair to pit Juneau with a population of 32,524 against places with a population of 18?
We firmly decided no, that just isn't fair.
So to create our ranking, we broke places to live into three tiers:
- Cities -- Populations over 2,000
- Towns -- Populations between 1,000 and 2,000
- Small Towns -- Populations below 1,000
This left us with 22 cities, 42 towns, and 192 small towns.
We then decided, no matter how much anyone loves their town, the best places have more of everything and therefore you need to have over 2,000 people to truly be 'the best'.
You can see those two top tens at the bottom of the post.
How We Calculated The Best Cities To Live In Alaska
Now that we had our set of cities, it was time to rank them.
We ranked each place in Alaska across a number of criteria from one to 22, with one being the best.
We then took the average rank across all criteria, with the city posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title "Best Place To Live In Alaska".
The criteria we looked at were:
- Median Home Values
- Median Income
- Population Density (Higher better)
- Unemployment Rate
- Commute Time
- Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty rates
After the dust settled, what was the best place to live in Alaska? That would be Unalaska.
If your city or town isn't among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart of the best places in Alaska.
Otherwise, buckle up for a ride down good living lane with Unalaska at the end of the cul-de-sac.
Wrapping Up The Best Places When It Comes To Living In Alaska
If you're looking at areas in Alaska with the best economic situations, where there's lower than average crime, and a lot to do, this is an accurate list.
Unalaska made a strong showing to take in the overall number one spot for the best place to live in Alaska for 2019.
Best Towns To Live In Alaska
- Farmers Loop (Pop. 4,517)
- Haines (Pop. 1,838)
- Goldstream (Pop. 3,960)
- Cordova (Pop. 3,047)
- Farm Loop (Pop. 1,119)
- Unalaska (Pop. 4,710)
- Diamond Ridge (Pop. 1,201)
- Healy (Pop. 1,115)
- Dillingham (Pop. 2,296)
- Ridgeway (Pop. 2,338)
Best Small Towns To Live In Alaska
- Skagway (Pop. 972)
- Kachemak (Pop. 537)
- Port Alsworth (Pop. 156)
- Moose Creek (Pop. 739)
- Elfin Cove (Pop. 26)
- Chignik Lagoon (Pop. 59)
- Tenakee Springs (Pop. 172)
- Seldovia (Pop. 247)
- Crown Point (Pop. 108)
- Naknek (Pop. 544)
If you're curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Alaska according to the data:
- Barrow (Pop. 4,316)
- Kotzebue (Pop. 3,288)
- Houston (Pop. 2,028)
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