The 10 Best Places To Buy A House In Alaska For 2021


Using science and data, we can tell you which places in Alaska have seen home prices rising and people flocking over the past year.

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Editor’s note: This is not investment advice and we are not financial advisers. Article updated for 2021.

There's a the age old question everyone thinks about when they decide to move to a city in Alaska:

Should I buy a place or rent? Well, we aren't here today to solve that problem for you exactly. We are just assuming you'll do the right thing and a buy a place. And while we are happy to tell you the best place to live in Alaska, this analysis is going to tackle the question of the best place to buy a house as an investor. That is we are going to try and determine the up and coming cities in the Last Frontier.

To do that we are going to look at places in Alaska that are growing faster than average, but where home prices are below average. In every day terms, the "deals". The best deal in Alaska at the moment? That would be Homer according to our analysis.

Here's a look at the top ten places to buy a home in Alaska for 2021.

The 10 Best Places To Buy A Home In Alaska For 2021

  1. Homer
  2. Kodiak
  3. Bethel
  4. Palmer
  5. Kenai
  6. Ketchikan
  7. Sitka
  8. Wasilla
  9. Fairbanks
  10. Juneau

What's the best place to buy a home in Alaska for 2021? According to our analysis, would the the ideal place to buy a home looking into the future.

The methodology that wen't into this can be a bit complicated, so we'll break it down for you in as much detail as we can below. If you're not worried about finding a deal on good places to live, check out the most expensive places to live in Alaska and, for those of you on a budget, the cheapest places to live in Alaska.

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The 10 Best Cities To Buy A House In Alaska For 2021

Homer, AK

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,709
Median Home Price: $282,400
Population Change: 1.8%
Home Price Change: 3.3%
More on Homer: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Kodiak, AK

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 6,022
Median Home Price: $255,000
Population Change: -1.4%
Home Price Change: 4.6%
More on Kodiak: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Bethel, AK

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 6,472
Median Home Price: $280,400
Population Change: 0.7%
Home Price Change: 5.5%
More on Bethel: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Palmer, AK

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,131
Median Home Price: $207,200
Population Change: 2.2%
Home Price Change: 1.4%
More on Palmer: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Kenai, AK

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 7,742
Median Home Price: $229,100
Population Change: 0.7%
Home Price Change: -1.8%
More on Kenai: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Ketchikan, AK

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,228
Median Home Price: $255,600
Population Change: 0.0%
Home Price Change: 7.5%
More on Ketchikan: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Sitka, AK

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 8,640
Median Home Price: $358,600
Population Change: -1.1%
Home Price Change: 2.7%
More on Sitka: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Wasilla, AK

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,071
Median Home Price: $243,400
Population Change: 4.1%
Home Price Change: 2.3%
More on Wasilla: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Fairbanks, AK

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 31,551
Median Home Price: $211,500
Population Change: -0.4%
Home Price Change: 5.2%
More on Fairbanks: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Juneau, AK

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 32,227
Median Home Price: $345,900
Population Change: -0.3%
Home Price Change: 0.6%
More on Juneau: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

How do you determine the best places to buy a home in Alaska for 2021?

We were in real estate for almost five years and have been working on this site for another three. Suffice is to say, we've put a lot of thought into what goes into finding a good place to buy a home.

So all that thinking has come to this moment where we get to spell out how we'd approach finding an up-and-coming place to live in Alaska. Put differently, the analysis will try to find places in Alaska with undervalued homes relative to pent up demand.

To do that we looked at the most recent American Community Survey Census data for 2015-2019 and compared it to the previous vintage (2012-2016). Specifically, we used the following criteria:

  • Y-o-Y Change In Population (People want to live here)
  • Y-o-Y Change In Median Home Prices (People are willing to pay for it)
  • Home Prices Relative To The State Average (It's still kinda cheap)

We want places that are growing, have seen home prices increase in recent years, and are still "cheap" for Alaska with the following caveats:

So of the 0 cities and towns in Alaska, only 11 places made it through our initial filters to even be considered.

We then ranked each place from 1 to 11 for the criteria mentioned above with 1 being the best for that criteria. We averaged the rankings to create a "best place to buy" index with the place having the lowest index being the best. You can download the data here.

Turns out that Homer is the best potential gem in the not-so-rough in the Last Frontier.

Read on for more on these places.

There You Have It - The Best Places To Purchase A House In Alaska for 2021

There's our analysis of the best places to buy a house in Alaska. And, to be clear, we aren't necessarily saying these places are the best places to live, just that it looks like they might be in a couple of years based on the data.

In fact, every place in the following table meets our criteria, so even though it may not look super long, remember we started off with all 0 places in the state.

So if we'd could rent or buy in these cities, we'd definitely buy.

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Detailed List Of The Best Places To Buy A Home In Alaska

City Rank Median Home Price Population Change Home Price Increase
Homer 1 $282,400 1.8% 3.3%
Kodiak 2 $255,000 -1.4% 4.6%
Bethel 3 $280,400 0.7% 5.5%
Palmer 4 $207,200 2.2% 1.4%
Kenai 5 $229,100 0.7% -1.8%
Ketchikan 6 $255,600 0.0% 7.5%
Sitka 7 $358,600 -1.1% 2.7%
Wasilla 8 $243,400 4.1% 2.3%
Fairbanks 9 $211,500 -0.4% 5.2%
Juneau 10 $345,900 -0.3% 0.6%
Anchorage 11 $314,800 -0.9% 2.2%

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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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