Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Anchorage.
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Do you like your neighborhood?
Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors?
No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Anchorage, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.
Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits -- less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Anchorage neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?
Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Anchorage are the best. If you're in one of the places we're about to highlight, odds are you know you've got it made.
So what's the best neighborhood to live in Anchorage for 2020? According to the most recent census data, Rabbit Creek looks to be the best Anchorage neighborhood to live in.
Read on to see how we determined the places around Anchorage that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you're interested in the worst neighborhoods in Anchorage.
Once you're done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from best to worst.
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The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Anchorage
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $521,933 (Second best)
Median Income: $144,752 (Fourth best)
More on Rabbit Creek:Homes For Sale | Data
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Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $417,471 (Fifth best)
Median Income: $85,614 (20th best)
More on South Addition:Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $338,400 (Ninth best)
Median Income: $97,529 (15th best)
More on Rogers Park:Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $571,200 (First best)
Median Income: $154,079 (First best)
More on Hillside East:Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $463,600 (Third best)
Median Income: $120,764 (Seventh best)
More on Bear Valley:Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $408,729 (Seventh best)
Median Income: $146,064 (Third best)
More on Huffman-O'malley:Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $452,975 (Fourth best)
Median Income: $151,898 (Second best)
More on Mid-Hillside:Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $323,100 (Tenth best)
Median Income: $130,254 (Fifth best)
More on Birchwood:Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $317,700 (11th best)
Median Income: $97,616 (14th best)
More on Tudor Area:Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 5)
Median Home Value: $409,100 (Sixth best)
Median Income: $126,786 (Sixth best)
More on South Fork:Homes For Sale | Data
How We Determined The Best Anchorage, AK Neighborhoods In 2020
In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Anchorage, we had to determine what criteria defines a "best".
Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:
- High incomes
- Low unemployment rates
- Low crime
- High home prices
- High population densities (A proxy for things to do)
We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 35 in each category, where 1 was the best.
Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.
And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the "Best City Neighborhood In Anchorage." We're lookin' at you, Rabbit Creek.
Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best places Anchorage, Alaska has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.
Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Anchorage
If you're measuring the neighborhoods in Anchorage where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.
As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Anchorage aren't all good. Downtown takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Anchorage.
We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.
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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In Anchorage For 2020
|Rank||Neighborhood||Population||Home Value||Median Income|
|16||Eagle River Valley||11,556||$343,671||$109,729|
|29||Russian Jack Park||11,666||$176,725||$60,693|
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