The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Anchorage For 2021

We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Anchorage are the best of the best.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Anchorage.
Best Neighborhoods In Anchorage

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, if you're thinking of moving to Alaska and Anchorage is on the top of your list, check out our best neighborhoods to live in.

Here are the best neighborhoods in Anchorage for 2021.

So what's the best neighborhood to live in Anchorage for 2021? According to the most recent census data, Rogers Park 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

Population: 3,695
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $338,400 (Seventh best)
Median Income: $97,529 (13th best)
More on Rogers Park: Homes For Sale | Data

South Addition Anchorage, AK

Population: 3,991
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $417,471 (Third best)
Median Income: $85,614 (18th best)
More on South Addition: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 6,716
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $521,933 (Second best)
Median Income: $144,752 (Third best)
More on Rabbit Creek: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 163
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $571,200 (best)
Median Income: $154,079 (best)
More on Hillside East: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 10,534
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $408,729 (Fifth best)
Median Income: $146,064 (Second best)
More on Huffman-O'malley: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 1,956
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $323,100 (Eighth best)
Median Income: $130,254 (Fourth best)
More on Birchwood: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 217
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $409,100 (Fourth best)
Median Income: $126,786 (Fifth best)
More on South Fork: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 1,705
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $317,700 (Ninth best)
Median Income: $97,616 (12th best)
More on Tudor Area: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 9,659
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $315,785 (Tenth best)
Median Income: $85,383 (19th best)
More on Turnagain: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 9,671
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $263,100 (19th best)
Median Income: $96,812 (14th best)
More on Scenic Foothills: Homes For Sale | Data

How We Determined The Best Anchorage, AK Neighborhoods In 2021

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 33 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, Rogers Park.

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 2021

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Rogers Park 3,695 $338,400 $97,529
2 South Addition 3,991 $417,471 $85,614
3 Rabbit Creek 6,716 $521,933 $144,752
4 Hillside East 163 $571,200 $154,079
5 Huffman-O'malley 10,534 $408,729 $146,064
6 Birchwood 1,956 $323,100 $130,254
7 South Fork 217 $409,100 $126,786
8 Tudor Area 1,705 $317,700 $97,616
9 Turnagain 9,659 $315,785 $85,383
10 Scenic Foothills 9,671 $263,100 $96,812
11 Bayshore-Klatt 9,804 $289,150 $99,532
12 Old Seward-Oceanview 6,528 $311,820 $106,662
13 Girdwood 596 $278,000 $110,579
14 Eagle River Valley 11,556 $343,671 $109,729
15 Abbott Loop 25,854 $281,607 $94,572
16 Eagle River 10,884 $304,400 $111,606
17 Sand Lake 21,231 $288,472 $89,416
18 Turnagain Arm 655 $202,967 $102,270
19 Basher 110 $278,100 $84,141
20 Taku-Campbell 12,150 $225,567 $75,878
21 Campbell Park 8,227 $214,820 $71,930
22 Northeast 28,773 $200,405 $70,687
23 University Area 10,502 $238,100 $72,377
24 North Star 3,429 $189,225 $68,038
25 Airport Heights 7,085 $220,029 $61,774
26 Chugiak 4,188 $283,600 $86,403
27 Russian Jack Park 11,666 $176,725 $60,693
28 Fairview 7,098 $202,678 $42,652
29 Spenard 12,159 $184,018 $58,055
30 Midtown 4,956 $106,717 $52,431
31 Government Hill 1,302 $118,533 $64,040
32 Mountain View 6,816 $101,400 $43,297
33 Downtown 1,237 $145,475 $32,614

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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