These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Alaska


These are the cream of the crop when it comes to places to live in the Last Frontier.

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Where are the best places in the state of Alaska? They are the places that have awesome economies. They’re the places where people have the best jobs, where residents are happily married, and where the sun shines the most. You can’t find a list of Alaska cities that are more desirable.

And certainly, since crime is really low, every one wants to be there. It’s, literally, all sunshine and rainbows.

We looked at the 16 most populated cities in the Last Frontier for this study. The cities at the top are places where things are going swimmingly right now, at least according to data, which measures the good things that people say they want in a city.

There might be some surprises on this list, but when you look at the unbiased data, it’s hard to argue against. We had more than 10 million people read our worst cities in a state series, which was featured in hundreds of media outlets, including an NPR feature.

So we know what we’re talking about.

Here are the 10 best places to live in Alaska:

  1. Homer
  2. Bethel
  3. Juneau
  4. Kenai
  5. Fairbanks
  6. Anchorage
  7. Ketchikan
  8. Kodiak
  9. Kalifornsky
  10. College

We understand there’s a lot of good in every place. However, according to data (which doesn’t measure things like beauty, ‘friendly people’ and community involvement), these are the best options in Alaska for making a place home.

The worst city to live in Alaska? Lakes. More on that later.

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How do you decide if a place is amazeballs or not?

In order to rank Alaska’s best cities, we had to determine what criteria people like or dislike about a place. It isn’t a stretch to assume that people like low crime, good weather, things to do and a stable economy.

So we scraped the internet for those criteria, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

How we crunched the numbers for Alaska

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the government census, Bureau of Labor Statistics and Sperling’s Best Places, this is the criteria we used:

  • Strong schools
  • Low unemployment rates
  • High incomes
  • High home prices
  • Lots of sunny days a year
  • Low crime
  • Low cost of living

If you’d like to see the complete list of cities in Alaska, scroll to the bottom of this post to see a link to the entire data set.

Note: We get the crime numbers from the FBI, which gets its crime numbers from the cities themselves. This list is based on data, and is entirely unbiased.

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1. Homer

Best Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,050
Crime Index: 124
Cost Of Living Index: 130

2. Bethel

Best Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,140
Crime Index: 118
Cost Of Living Index: 127

3. Juneau

Best Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,636
Crime Index: 119
Cost Of Living Index: 137

4. Kenai

Best Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,152
Crime Index: 106
Cost Of Living Index: 124

5. Fairbanks

Best Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,656
Crime Index: 125
Cost Of Living Index: 133

6. Anchorage

Best Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 291,470
Crime Index: 126
Cost Of Living Index: 143

7. Ketchikan

Best Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,097
Crime Index: 121
Cost Of Living Index: 134

8. Kodiak

Best Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,196
Crime Index: 138
Cost Of Living Index: 150

9. Kalifornsky

Best Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,825
Crime Index: 65
Cost Of Living Index: 124

10. College

Best Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,849
Crime Index: 101
Cost Of Living Index: 132

There You Have It

Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Homer is the most desirable, according to science and data. But as most Alaska residents would agree, almost every place here is awesome.

Other notable cities:
3rd Worst: Knik-Fairview
2nd Worst: Gateway
Worst: Lakes

Detailed List Of Best Places To Live In Alaska

City Rank Population Crime Index Cost Of Living Index
homer 1 5,050 124 130
bethel 2 6,140 118 127
juneau and 3 31,636 119 137
kenai 4 7,152 106 124
fairbanks 5 31,656 125 133
anchorage 6 291,470 126 143
ketchikan 7 8,097 121 134
kodiak 8 6,196 138 150
kalifornsky 9 7,825 65 124
college 10 13,849 101 132
meadow lakes 11 6,405 69 131
badger 12 20,793 67 130
chena ridge 13 5,629 65 135
knik-fairview 14 14,400 60 134
gateway 15 5,269 61 134
lakes 16 9,159 54 134

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