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You've seen these lists before: Best places to live in Alaska, Most Beautiful Downtowns, etc., etc. But all of them focus on major cities and towns in the Last Frontier and no one pays attention to the little guy.
Well, that's all about to change as we put together a list of the best small towns in Alaska based on numbers--not opinions or hearsay.
We'll dive right into our methodology in the next section; but first, we thought you might just want to know which places in Alaska ranked the based--you know, based on science.
Before we get to the top 15, here's a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in Alaska for 2021.
What's the best small town in Alaska? Diamond Ridge is the best small town in Alaska based on the most recent Census data. If you live in one of these small towns like Diamond Ridge, chances are, you're not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.
But for the rest of you--keep reading and we'll get to just why these small towns made our list.
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The 15 Best Small Towns In Alaska For 2021
How We Determined The Coolest Towns In Alaska
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent data from the Census's 2015-2019 American Community Survey and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:
- Population Density (Higher is better)
- Lowest Unemployment Rates
- Housing costs (Higher is better. More demand.)
- Adjusted Median Income (Higher is better)
- Highly Educated Adults (Higher is better)
- Insurance Rates (Higher is better)
- Commute Times (Lower is better)
We looked at places with populations lower than 5,000 people and greater than 1,000, of which, there were a lot - 40 to be exact.
We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 40, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Alaska. Top of that list -- Diamond Ridge. You can download the data here.
Keep reading to find out more about our top 15 best small towns in Alaska.
Science Can Tackle Any Issue, Even Small Ones
We said it once and we'll say it again -- this list: it's just science. We did the research, we crunched the numbers, and it turns out, these 15 small towns in Alaska are the best, in which to live.
And who can argue with that?
If you're curious, here are the worst small towns in Alaska:
- Susitna North
- Big Lake
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Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Alaska
|1||Diamond Ridge, AK||1,245|
|4||Farm Loop, AK||1,170|
|9||North Pole, AK||2,740|
|18||Fritz Creek, AK||2,074|
|22||Lazy Mountain, AK||1,650|
|23||Point Mackenzie, AK||1,264|
|25||Sand Point, AK||1,309|
|26||King Cove, AK||1,147|
|29||Funny River, AK||1,331|
|32||Anchor Point, AK||2,129|
|35||Hooper Bay, AK||1,141|
|38||Big Lake, AK||2,678|
|39||Susitna North, AK||1,071|