Anchorage, Alaska, is the northernmost city in the United States, and it's also one of the country's most stunning cities, with the incredible sparkling waters of Cook Inlet, the giant peaks of the Chugach Mountains, and a diverse population of local wildlife that feels just at home in the area as the humans do. Moving to Anchorage from a major city like New York will make for quite a change, but it might just be a welcome one. A strong sense of community and local engagement that has seen Anchorage garner the honor of being voted an "All American City" four times in the last 60-odd years.
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Housing StatisticsIf you're looking for a rentable, buyable, or rent to own house, Anchorage probably has something for you. The population of Anchorage is jut shy of 300,000, with a high median household income of more than $73,000 and a per capita income of more than $35,000. These values are higher than the national average, and generally lead to property prices being slightly higher in the city. Average listing prices are roughly $370,000, with a median of $192,000 based on a relatively small number of sales compared to other US cities. In fact, average monthly sales usually sit at less than 100, making the property market quite stagnant in the area. On average, rental prices for apartments are also relatively high, with recent stats showing that 1 bedroom apartments rent for a little under $1,000 per month, and 2 bedroom apartments rent for around $1,200 monthly.
NightlifeAnchorage offers a great deal for any would-be night owl, from outdoor dancing and music events to classic clubs and restaurants. If you're looking for a classic watering hole to sink a few beers, Chilkoot Charlie's, or 'Koot's' as it's known to its regulars, is a top spot, with several bars, a couple of stages, and even three dance floors for the more active patrons. Another great option is Humpy's Great Alaskan Alehouse which, with live music on Thursdays and Saturdays, and over 50 different types of beer on tap, really lives up to its name as an 'alehouse'! If you're looking for less of a 'local' feel, how about checking out Simon and Seafort's Saloon and Grill? Here you can indulge your slightly more sophisticated wares by sipping on cocktails and peering out over Cook Inlet as the sun goes down. Talk about a great spot for a date! Or maybe Bear Tooth Grill and Theatre Pub is more up your alley. It's a popular family venue where you can catch some local flicks while chowing down on some traditional snack food.
Outdoor ActivitiesOutdoor recreation in Anchorage is really the city's main draw. Within its boundaries you'll find Chugach State Park, considered one of the 10 best in the country, and the 3rd biggest to boot. All year round you can explore the 200-plus miles of tracks and trails, the 50 incredible glaciers, and the wonderful flora and fauna. During the summer you can engage in hiking, biking, climbing and, if you're up to it, some swimming. In the winter, snowmobiling, skiing, snowboarding, and other snow-based sports and activities take center stage. Some of the best highlights around the city include hiking the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, visiting the Eagle River Nature Center, seeing the Northern Lights, exploring Denali National Park, home to Mt. McKinley, and engaging in some Nordic Skiiing along the 40 miles of trails in Kincaid Park. If you love the outdoors, Anchorage really is a dream come true, with fantastic scenery and activities to enjoy all year round.
Neighborhood GuideWithin the 'Anchorage Bowl', or the area simply known as the main city, there are more than 20 different neighborhoods to settle in. In addition, there are another 9 in the larger municipal area north and south of the main city area.
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