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

6007 Spruce Meadows Loop Anchorage, AK 99507
Photo of 6007 Spruce Meadows Loop, Anchorage, AK 99507 (MLS # 17-16525)
3 beds 3 baths 1,470 sqft $269,000
8340 Elderberry Street Anchorage, AK 99502
Photo of 8340 Elderberry Street, Anchorage, AK 99502 (MLS # 17-16522)
4 beds 4 baths 2,364 sqft $299,900
4901 Natrona Avenue Anchorage, AK 99516
Photo of 4901 Natrona Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99516 (MLS # 17-16521)
3 beds 3 baths 1,600 sqft $385,000
1850 E 72nd Avenue #3 Anchorage, AK 99507
Photo of 1850 E 72nd Avenue #3, Anchorage, AK 99507 (MLS # 17-16517)
2 beds 2 baths 1,024 sqft $140,000
8622 Moss Court #10 Anchorage, AK 99504
Photo of 8622 Moss Court #10, Anchorage, AK 99504 (MLS # 17-16516)
2 beds 1 bath 1,120 sqft $165,000
10751 Commodore Drive Anchorage, AK 99507
Photo of 10751 Commodore Drive, Anchorage, AK 99507 (MLS # 17-16511)
2 beds 2 baths 1,377 sqft $265,000
14495 Old Seward Highway Anchorage, AK 99516
Photo of 14495 Old Seward Highway, Anchorage, AK 99516 (MLS # 17-16510)
4 beds 6 baths 5,000 sqft $875,000
12531 Freitag Circle Anchorage, AK 99516
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4 beds 4 baths 3,532 sqft $545,000
1305 W 7th Avenue Anchorage, AK 99501
Photo of 1305 W 7th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501 (MLS # 17-16495)
2 beds 2 baths 1,698 sqft $2,800
223 Peppertree Loop Anchorage, AK 99504
Photo of 223 Peppertree Loop, Anchorage, AK 99504 (MLS # 17-16488)
4 beds 3 baths 2,407 sqft $409,000
8543 Sara Lynn Place Anchorage, AK 99502
Photo of 8543 Sara Lynn Place, Anchorage, AK 99502 (MLS # 17-16477)
3 beds 2 baths 1,350 sqft $179,000
7341 E 21st Avenue Anchorage, AK 99504
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8 beds 4 baths 3,744 sqft $475,000
4063 E 20th Avenue 53 Anchorage, AK 99508
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2 beds 2 baths 942 sqft $139,900
6131 E 41st Anchorage, AK 99508
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3 beds 2 baths 1,196 sqft $1,350
2670 Brookstone Anchorage, AK 99515
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3 beds 3 baths 2,185 sqft $3,200

Sold Listings in Anchorage

8731 Jewel Terrace Circle Anchorage, AK 99502
Photo of 8731 Jewel Terrace Circle, Anchorage, AK 99502 (MLS # 17-16232)
2 beds 2 baths 1,218 sqft $235,000
9321 Arlene Street Anchorage, AK 99502
Photo of 9321 Arlene Street, Anchorage, AK 99502 (MLS # 17-16047)
2 beds 1 bath 864 sqft $995
1028 Orca Street #2 Anchorage, AK 99501
Photo of 1028 Orca Street #2, Anchorage, AK 99501 (MLS # 17-15981)
2 beds 1 bath 900 sqft $1,200
4042 Sycamore Loop Anchorage, AK 99504
Photo of 4042 Sycamore Loop, Anchorage, AK 99504 (MLS # 17-15953)
4 beds 2 baths 1,718 sqft $2,300
2700 E 42nd Avenue #A201 Anchorage, AK 99508
Photo of 2700 E 42nd Avenue #A201, Anchorage, AK 99508 (MLS # 17-15942)
2 beds 2 baths 800 sqft $1,150
4118 San Roberto Avenue #3 Anchorage, AK 99508
Photo of 4118 San Roberto Avenue #3, Anchorage, AK 99508 (MLS # 17-15876)
1 bed 1 bath 800 sqft $825
1440 W 26th Avenue #2 Anchorage, AK 99503
Photo of 1440 W 26th Avenue #2, Anchorage, AK 99503 (MLS # 17-15865)
2 beds 1 bath 900 sqft $800
Tr 1C Goldenview Drive Anchorage, AK 99516
0 beds 0 baths $262,000
2454 E 64th Avenue Anchorage, AK 99507
Photo of 2454 E 64th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99507 (MLS # 17-15735)
3 beds 3 baths 1,550 sqft $1,975
512 E 15th Avenue #3 Anchorage, AK 99501
Photo of 512 E 15th Avenue #3, Anchorage, AK 99501 (MLS # 17-15657)
1 bed 1 bath 500 sqft $750
3926 E 3rd Avenue #6 Anchorage, AK 99508
Photo of 3926 E 3rd Avenue #6, Anchorage, AK 99508 (MLS # 17-15653)
3 beds 2 baths 1,200 sqft $1,350
1905 Mckinley Avenue Anchorage, AK 99517
Photo of 1905 Mckinley Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99517 (MLS # 17-15614)
2 beds 1 bath 1,188 sqft $1,650
6953 Gold Kings Avenue Anchorage, AK 99504
Photo of 6953 Gold Kings Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99504 (MLS # 17-15570)
3 beds 2 baths 1,184 sqft $1,495
2020 Brigadier Drive Anchorage, AK 99507
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5 beds 3 baths 2,012 sqft $2,300
1681 Elcadore Drive #2 Anchorage, AK 99507
Photo of 1681 Elcadore Drive #2, Anchorage, AK 99507 (MLS # 17-15554)
2 beds 1 bath 1,200 sqft $1,300

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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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