The 10 Snowiest Cities In Alaska For 2021


We looked at the data to see which cities in Alaska have the most snow every year.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our first time ranking the snowiest cities in Alaska.

Sure, a Saturday morning right after a foot of fluffy snow is the best thing ever. But that same amount of snow on Tuesday in Alaska can make a commute last forever. So just imagine it's the dead of winter, and the time of year when the ground is frozen, the air is bone chilling, and there are piles of dirty, nasty ice encrusted snow all over the place.

This is about the time of year when you're just about ready for spring -- especially in Anchorage, the snowiest place in Alaska.

So, put on your parkas, snow boots and your gloves and let's go outside to see which Alaska cities get dumped on the most every year. After analyzing all the cities in Alaska with a decent amount of people in them, we came up with this list as the 10 snowiest cities in Last Frontier.

What's the snowiest place in Alaska with more than 5,000 people? That would be Anchorage with an average annual snowfall of 93.3 inches.

Read on below to see where your town ranked, you snow angels.

And if you already knew these places were snowy, check out the best places to live in Alaska or the cheapest places in Alaska.

The 10 Snowiest Cities In Alaska For 2021

Anchorage, AK

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6
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Population: 299,107
Average Annual Snowfall: 93.3 inches
More on Anchorage: Real Estate |  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

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6
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Population: 16,017
Average Annual Snowfall: 90.0 inches
More on Knik-Fairview: Real Estate |  Cost Of Living

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5
/10

Population: 9,640
Average Annual Snowfall: 90.0 inches
More on Tanaina: Real Estate |  Cost Of Living

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6
/10

Population: 9,028
Average Annual Snowfall: 90.0 inches
More on Lakes: Real Estate |  Cost Of Living

Wasilla, AK

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5
/10

Population: 8,676
Average Annual Snowfall: 90.0 inches
More on Wasilla: Real Estate |  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

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5
/10

Population: 7,424
Average Annual Snowfall: 90.0 inches
More on Meadow Lakes: Real Estate |  Cost Of Living

Palmer, AK

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,449
Average Annual Snowfall: 90.0 inches
More on Palmer: Real Estate |  Cost Of Living | Crime Report

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6
/10

Population: 5,610
Average Annual Snowfall: 90.0 inches
More on Gateway: Real Estate |  Cost Of Living

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5
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Population: 5,323
Average Annual Snowfall: 90.0 inches
More on Fishhook: Real Estate |  Cost Of Living

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7
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Population: 7,965
Average Annual Snowfall: 80.7 inches
More on Kalifornsky: Real Estate |  Cost Of Living

How We Determined The Cities In Alaska With The Most Snow

In order to rank the snowiest cities in Alaska, we only had to scrape the database of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), to see which cities in the Last Frontier get the most annual snowfall.

Before we get too far, here are the annual snowfall rates for major cities:

  • Anchorage -- 93.3 inches
  • Juneau -- 78.2 inches
  • Fairbanks -- 59.2 inches

There's a complete chart at the bottom.

If you're curious, here are the places that get the least amount of snow in Alaska with at least snow snowfall:

  1. Ketchikan -- 30.7 inches
  2. Sitka -- 45.2 inches
  3. Chena Ridge -- 59.2 inches

For more Alaska reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Snowiest Places In Alaska

Rank City Snow (Inches) Population
1 Anchorage 93.3 299,107
2 Knik-Fairview 90.0 16,017
3 Tanaina 90.0 9,640
4 Lakes 90.0 9,028
5 Wasilla 90.0 8,676
6 Meadow Lakes 90.0 7,424
7 Palmer 90.0 6,449
8 Gateway 90.0 5,610
9 Fishhook 90.0 5,323
10 Kalifornsky 80.7 7,965
11 Kenai 80.7 7,463
12 Sterling 80.7 6,054
13 Homer 80.7 5,324
14 Juneau 78.2 32,531
15 Bethel 70.5 6,370
16 Kodiak 62.4 6,293
17 Fairbanks 59.2 32,193
18 Badger 59.2 21,197
19 College 59.2 14,675
20 Steele Creek 59.2 6,272
21 Chena Ridge 59.2 5,473
22 Sitka 45.2 8,943
23 Ketchikan 30.7 8,197

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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