The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Anchorage For 2022

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

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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, 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 2022.

So what's the best neighborhood to live in Anchorage for 2022? 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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Best Neighborhoods In Anchorage

The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Anchorage

Population: 6,716
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $521,933 (Second best)
Median Income: $144,752 (Fourth best)
More on Rabbit Creek: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 163
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $571,200 (best)
Median Income: $154,079 (best)
More on Hillside East: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 3,695
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $338,400 (Ninth best)
Median Income: $97,529 (15th best)
More on Rogers Park: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 188
Rank Last Year: -
Median Home Value: $463,600 (Third best)
Median Income: $120,764 (Seventh best)
More on Bear Valley: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 3,991
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $417,471 (Fifth best)
Median Income: $85,614 (20th best)
More on South Addition: Homes For Sale | Data

South Addition Anchorage, AK

Population: 10,534
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $408,729 (Seventh best)
Median Income: $146,064 (Third best)
More on Huffman-O'malley: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 5,076
Rank Last Year: -
Median Home Value: $452,975 (Fourth best)
Median Income: $151,898 (Second best)
More on Mid-Hillside: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 1,956
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $323,100 (Tenth best)
Median Income: $130,254 (Fifth best)
More on Birchwood: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 217
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $409,100 (Sixth best)
Median Income: $126,786 (Sixth best)
More on South Fork: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 1,705
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $317,700 (11th best)
Median Income: $97,616 (14th best)
More on Tudor Area: Homes For Sale | Data

Methodology: How We Determined The Best Anchorage, AK Neighborhoods In 2022

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.

Summary: 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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Best Neighborhoods To Live In Anchorage For 2022 Detailed Data

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Rabbit Creek 6,716 $521,933 $144,752
2 Hillside East 163 $571,200 $154,079
3 Rogers Park 3,695 $338,400 $97,529
4 Bear Valley 188 $463,600 $120,764
5 South Addition 3,991 $417,471 $85,614
6 Huffman-O'malley 10,534 $408,729 $146,064
7 Mid-Hillside 5,076 $452,975 $151,898
8 Birchwood 1,956 $323,100 $130,254
9 South Fork 217 $409,100 $126,786
10 Tudor Area 1,705 $317,700 $97,616
11 Turnagain 9,659 $315,785 $85,383
12 Bayshore-Klatt 9,804 $289,150 $99,532
13 Scenic Foothills 9,671 $263,100 $96,812
14 Old Seward-Oceanview 6,528 $311,820 $106,662
15 Girdwood 596 $278,000 $110,579
16 Abbott Loop 25,854 $281,607 $94,572
17 Eagle River Valley 11,556 $343,671 $109,729
18 Eagle River 10,884 $304,400 $111,606
19 Sand Lake 21,231 $288,472 $89,416
20 Turnagain Arm 655 $202,967 $102,270
21 Basher 110 $278,100 $84,141
22 Taku-Campbell 12,150 $225,567 $75,878
23 Campbell Park 8,227 $214,820 $71,930
24 Northeast 28,773 $200,405 $70,687
25 University Area 10,502 $238,100 $72,377
26 North Star 3,429 $189,225 $68,038
27 Airport Heights 7,085 $220,029 $61,774
28 Chugiak 4,188 $283,600 $86,403
29 Russian Jack Park 11,666 $176,725 $60,693
30 Fairview 7,098 $202,678 $42,652
31 Spenard 12,159 $184,018 $58,055
32 Midtown 4,956 $106,717 $52,431
33 Government Hill 1,302 $118,533 $64,040
34 Mountain View 6,816 $101,400 $43,297
35 Downtown 1,237 $145,475 $32,614

Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Anchorage.

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.

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