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:
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.
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.
Crime Index: 124
Cost Of Living Index: 130
Crime Index: 118
Cost Of Living Index: 127
Crime Index: 119
Cost Of Living Index: 137
Crime Index: 106
Cost Of Living Index: 124
Crime Index: 125
Cost Of Living Index: 133
Crime Index: 126
Cost Of Living Index: 143
Crime Index: 121
Cost Of Living Index: 134
Crime Index: 138
Cost Of Living Index: 150
Crime Index: 65
Cost Of Living Index: 124
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
Detailed List Of Best Places To Live In Alaska