Some of you might be asking yourself, at this very moment: is Alaska a good place?
The answer is unequivocally yes… if you know where to locate the best places to live in Alaska.
Lucky for you, we’re here to help you identify the best counties to live in the Last Frontier based on the most recently available data from the Census. And this isn’t our first rodeo — we’ve been helping people find the best places to live in America for years.
So, the question becomes, if you wanted to relocate to the best part of Alaska, where would you go? To answer that we looked at crime, cost of living, and demographic data for all 29 counties in the state.
After the analytic dust settled, we identified the 10 best counties to live in Last Frontier for 2021.
Juneau City And Borough is the county to be when it comes to living the good life in Alaska. And you might want to avoid Kusilvak Census Area if you can — at least according to the data.
So if you’re thinking of making the move Alaska, we’ve got you covered. Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.
The Best Counties To Live In Alaska For 2021
Biggest Place: Juneau
Biggest Place: Unalaska
Biggest Place: Skagway
Biggest Place: Sitka
Biggest Place: Valdez
Biggest Place: Anchorage
Biggest Place: Aberdeen
Median Income: $69,948 (16th best)
Median Home Price: $227,400.0 (12th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.1% (5th best)
More on Petersburg Borough: Data
Biggest Place: Haines
Biggest Place: Kodiak
10. Denali Borough
Biggest Place: Healy
Median Income: $81,719 (5th best)
Median Home Price: $223,000.0 (14th best)
Unemployment Rate: 1.5% (best)
More on Denali Borough: Data
How do you determine which Alaska county is the best?
To give you the best county in Alaska, we have to look at a handful of metrics that signal the quality of a place. To do that, we need to make some assumptions about what’s a “best county” and what isn’t. And, for reference, we are trying to make the kind of argument you’d make at a bar using facts, don’t take this analysis to court.
We paid particular attention to:
- Violent Crime Rates
- Property Crime Rates
- Median Home Values
- Median Income
- Unemployment Rates
- Adult Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty Rates
We then ranked each county in Alaska across each of the criteria from one to 29, with one being the best.
Taking the average rank across all criteria, we created a quality of life score with the county posting the lowest overall score being the “Best County To Live In Alaska”.
The result is some of the safest, quiet, and best counties to raise a family in the Last Frontier.
Read on to see why Juneau City And Borough is the best county, while Kusilvak Census Area is probably in contention for being the worst county in Alaska.
There You Have It – The Best Counties In Alaska To Call Home For 2018
It turns out living in Alaska can vary from one part of the state to the next — who woulda thought?
But now you the know the really good parts and the parts to avoid and that’s why you came here to learn at the end of the day. And for that, you are welcome.
Here’s a look at the worst counties in Alaska according to the data:
- Kusilvak Census Area
- Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area
- Lake And Peninsula Borough
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- Best Counties To Live In Alaska