anchorage

Anchorage (officially called the Municipality of Anchorage) is a unified home rule municipality in the southcentral part of the U.S. state of Alaska. It is the 64th-largest city and northernmost major city in the United States. With 291,826 residents in 2010 (and 380,821 residents within its Metropolitan Statistical Area, which combines Anchorage with the neighboring Matanuska-Susitna Borough),[2] it is Alaska’s largest city and constitutes more than 40 percent of the state’s total population; amongst the 50 states, only New York has a higher percentage of residents who live in the state’s largest city.

Anchorage has been named All-America City four times, in 1956, 1965, 1984/1985 and 2002, by the National Civic League.[3] It has also been named by Kiplinger as the most tax friendly city in the United States.[4]

Anchorage is located in Southcentral Alaska. At 61 degrees north, it lies slightly farther north than Oslo, Stockholm, Helsinki and Saint Petersburg, but not as far north as Reykjavík or Murmansk. It is northeast of the Alaska Peninsula, Kodiak Island, and Cook Inlet, due north of the Kenai Peninsula, northwest of Prince William Sound and the Alaska Panhandle, and nearly due south of Mount McKinley/Denali.

Panorama of Anchorage as viewed at night from the Glen Alps neighborhood, near Flattop Mountain.

The city is on a strip of coastal lowland and extends up the lower alpine slopes of the Chugach Mountains. Point Campbell, the westernmost point of Anchorage on the mainland, juts out into Cook Inlet near its northern end, at which point it splits into two arms. To the south is Turnagain Arm, a fjord that has some of the world’s highest tides. Knik Arm, another tidal inlet, lies to the west and north. The Chugach Mountains on the east form a boundary to development, but not to the city limits, which encompass part of the wild alpine territory of Chugach State Park.

The city’s seacoast consists mostly of treacherous mudflats. Newcomers and tourists are warned not to walk in this area because of extreme tidal changes and the very fine glacial silt. Unwary victims have walked onto the solid seeming silt revealed when the tide is out and have become stuck in the mud. The two recorded instances of this occurred in 1961 and 1988.[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the municipality has a total area of 1,961.1 square miles (5,079.2 km²); 1,697.2 square miles (4,395.8 km²) of which is land and 263.9 square miles (683.4 km²) of it is water. The total area is 13.46% water.

Boroughs and census areas adjacent to the Municipality of Anchorage are Matanuska-Susitna Borough to the north, Kenai Peninsula Borough to the south and Valdez-Cordova Census Area to the east. The Chugach National Forest, a national protected area, extends into the southern part of the municipality, near Girdwood and Portage.

Anchorage Real Estate Listings

Active Listings in Anchorage

9551 Morningside Loop #1 Anchorage, AK 99515
Photo of 9551 Morningside Loop #1, Anchorage, AK 99515 (MLS # 17-19173)
3 beds 2 baths 1,500 sqft $1,600
5834 Sapphire Loop #44b Anchorage, AK 99504
Photo of 5834 Sapphire Loop #44b, Anchorage, AK 99504 (MLS # 17-19172)
3 beds 2 baths 1,476 sqft $238,000
4600 Debarr Road Anchorage, AK 99508
Photo of 4600 Debarr Road, Anchorage, AK 99508 (MLS # 17-19163)
0 beds 0 baths 30,298 sqft
4600 Debarr Road #305 Anchorage, AK 99508
Photo of 4600 Debarr Road #305, Anchorage, AK 99508 (MLS # 17-19162)
0 beds 0 baths 2,479 sqft
9101 Emerald Drive B Anchorage, AK 99502
Photo of 9101 Emerald Drive B, Anchorage, AK 99502 (MLS # 17-19160)
2 beds 3 baths 1,900 sqft $1,800
4600 Debarr Road #200 Anchorage, AK 99508
Photo of 4600 Debarr Road #200, Anchorage, AK 99508 (MLS # 17-19159)
0 beds 0 baths 16,036 sqft
4600 Debarr Road #170 Anchorage, AK 99508
Photo of 4600 Debarr Road #170, Anchorage, AK 99508 (MLS # 17-19158)
0 beds 0 baths 1,456 sqft
4600 Debarr Road #160 Anchorage, AK 99508
Photo of 4600 Debarr Road #160, Anchorage, AK 99508 (MLS # 17-19157)
0 beds 0 baths 1,766 sqft
4600 Debarr Road #150 Anchorage, AK 99508
Photo of 4600 Debarr Road #150, Anchorage, AK 99508 (MLS # 17-19155)
0 beds 0 baths 1,654 sqft
5742 Yukon Charlie Loop Anchorage, AK 99502
Photo of 5742 Yukon Charlie Loop, Anchorage, AK 99502 (MLS # 17-19154)
4 beds 3 baths 2,839 sqft $490,000
4600 Debarr Road #100 Anchorage, AK 99508
Photo of 4600 Debarr Road #100, Anchorage, AK 99508 (MLS # 17-19153)
0 beds 0 baths 6,907 sqft
4522 Reka Drive Anchorage, AK 99508
Photo of 4522 Reka Drive, Anchorage, AK 99508 (MLS # 17-19151)
3 beds 1 bath 882 sqft $119,900
500 W International Airport Road #B Anchorage, AK 99518
Photo of 500 W International Airport Road #B, Anchorage, AK 99518 (MLS # 17-19150)
0 beds 0 baths 1,559 sqft
4131 Edinburgh Drive Anchorage, AK 99502
Photo of 4131 Edinburgh Drive, Anchorage, AK 99502 (MLS # 17-19149)
3 beds 3 baths 1,478 sqft $1,800
1902 Washington Avenue Anchorage, AK 99515
Photo of 1902 Washington Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99515 (MLS # 17-19144)
3 beds 3 baths 2,262 sqft $445,000

Sold Listings in Anchorage

2027 Blueberry Street Anchorage, AK 99503
Photo of 2027 Blueberry Street, Anchorage, AK 99503 (MLS # 17-18987)
2 beds 2 baths 1,658 sqft $290,000
2112 Churchill Drive Anchorage, AK 99517
Photo of 2112 Churchill Drive, Anchorage, AK 99517 (MLS # 17-18986)
3 beds 2 baths 2,102 sqft $409,000
842 Dogwood Street Anchorage, AK 99501
Photo of 842 Dogwood Street, Anchorage, AK 99501 (MLS # 17-18984)
3 beds 1 bath 1,056 sqft $255,900
6154 E 22nd Avenue Anchorage, AK 99504
Photo of 6154 E 22nd Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99504 (MLS # 17-18885)
3 beds 1 bath 1,244 sqft $256,000
5705 Sterling Way Anchorage, AK 99504
Photo of 5705 Sterling Way, Anchorage, AK 99504 (MLS # 17-18720)
2 beds 1 bath 720 sqft $1,600
3740 E 66th Avenue Anchorage, AK 99507
Photo of 3740 E 66th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99507 (MLS # 17-18688)
2 beds 2 baths 1,120 sqft $1,850
2500 Brooke Drive Anchorage, AK 99517
Photo of 2500 Brooke Drive, Anchorage, AK 99517 (MLS # 17-18669)
3 beds 3 baths 3,012 sqft $685,000
1435 E 26th Avenue Anchorage, AK 99508
Photo of 1435 E 26th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99508 (MLS # 17-18668)
4 beds 2 baths 1,872 sqft $373,000
8451 Comet Court Anchorage, AK 99507
Photo of 8451 Comet Court, Anchorage, AK 99507 (MLS # 17-18667)
4 beds 2 baths 2,432 sqft $437,000
929 W 12th Avenue #1 Anchorage, AK 99501
Photo of 929 W 12th Avenue #1, Anchorage, AK 99501 (MLS # 17-18539)
1 bed 1 bath 650 sqft $900
929 W 12th Avenue #3 Anchorage, AK 99501
Photo of 929 W 12th Avenue #3, Anchorage, AK 99501 (MLS # 17-18538)
1 bed 1 bath 650 sqft $900
1417 W 25th Avenue A Anchorage, AK 99503
Photo of 1417 W 25th Avenue A, Anchorage, AK 99503 (MLS # 17-18528)
3 beds 2 baths 3,195 sqft $2,500
537 E 12th Avenue #C Anchorage, AK 99501
Photo of 537 E 12th Avenue #C, Anchorage, AK 99501 (MLS # 17-18323)
1 bed 1 bath 400 sqft $800
3104 W 33rd Avenue Anchorage, AK 99517
Photo of 3104 W 33rd Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99517 (MLS # 17-18315)
2 beds 1 bath 948 sqft $995
2100 W 45th Avenue #A Anchorage, AK 99517
Photo of 2100 W 45th Avenue #A, Anchorage, AK 99517 (MLS # 17-18306)
2 beds 1 bath 1,600 sqft $1,550

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Anchorage School Data

Anchorage School Districts

Aleutian Region School District
PK-12
Anchorage School District
PK-12
http://www.asdk12.org/
Chugach School District
PK-12
http://www.chugachschools.com/

Anchorage Schools

Abbott Loop Elementary School
PK-6, public
Airport Heights Elementary School
PK-6, public
http://airportheights.org
Bartlett High School
9-12, public
Baxter Elementary School
PK-6, public
Bayshore Elementary School
PK-6, public
Campbell Elementary School
PK-6, public
Central Middle School Of Science
7-8, public
Clark Middle School
6-8, public
Chester Valley Elementary School
PK-5, public
Chinook Elementary School
PK-6, public
Chugach Optional Elementary School
PK-6, public
http://www.asdk12.org/schools/chugach_optional/pages/Chugach_Optional_Website/Home.html
College Gate Elementary School
PK-6, public
Creekside Park Elementary School
PK-5, public
Denali Elementary School
PK-6, public
Dimond High School
9-12, public
East High School
9-12, public
Fairview Elementary School
PK-6, public
Gladys Wood Elementary School
PK-6, public
Huffman Elementary School
PK-6, public
Inlet View Elementary School
PK-6, public
Lake Otis Elementary School
PK-6, public
Tudor Elementary School
PK-6, public
Turnagain Elementary School
PK-6, public
Mountain View Elementary School
PK-5, public
Muldoon Elementary School
PK-5, public

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