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

3010 Glacier Street Anchorage, AK 99508
Photo of 3010 Glacier Street, Anchorage, AK 99508 (MLS # 18-12649)
5 beds 3 baths 2,892 sqft $418,900
1939 Terrebone Loop Anchorage, AK 99502
Photo of 1939 Terrebone Loop, Anchorage, AK 99502 (MLS # 18-12647)
3 beds 2 baths 1,436 sqft $309,000
5669 Yukon Charlie Loop Anchorage, AK 99502
Photo of 5669 Yukon Charlie Loop, Anchorage, AK 99502 (MLS # 18-12644)
4 beds 3 baths 2,912 sqft $594,500
2040 Jamestown Circle Anchorage, AK 99507
Photo of 2040 Jamestown Circle, Anchorage, AK 99507 (MLS # 18-12637)
3 beds 3 baths 1,650 sqft $289,900
Tr C Burlwood Anchorage, AK 99516
Photo of Tr C Burlwood, Anchorage, AK 99516 (MLS # 18-12634)
0 beds 0 baths $599,000
16031 King's Way Drive Anchorage, AK 99516
Photo of 16031 King's Way Drive, Anchorage, AK 99516 (MLS # 18-12633)
3 beds 2 baths 1,780 sqft $344,000
833 W 13th Avenue Anchorage, AK 99501
Photo of 833 W 13th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501 (MLS # 18-12630)
4 beds 3 baths 2,475 sqft $489,000
1806 Orca Place Anchorage, AK 99501
Photo of 1806 Orca Place, Anchorage, AK 99501 (MLS # 18-12625)
3 beds 2 baths 1,986 sqft $355,000
5405 Dorbrandt Street Anchorage, AK 99518
Photo of 5405 Dorbrandt Street, Anchorage, AK 99518 (MLS # 18-12621)
3 beds 1 bath 1,000 sqft $1,500
8613 Turf Court #5 Anchorage, AK 99504
Photo of 8613 Turf Court #5, Anchorage, AK 99504 (MLS # 18-12620)
2 beds 1 bath 922 sqft $155,000
8304 Stormy Place Anchorage, AK 99518
Photo of 8304 Stormy Place, Anchorage, AK 99518 (MLS # 18-12619)
3 beds 2 baths 1,827 sqft $265,000
L27A / B5H Rabbit Creek View & Heights Anchorage, AK 99516
Photo of L27A / B5H Rabbit Creek View & Heights, Anchorage, AK 99516 (MLS # 18-12618)
0 beds 0 baths $40,000
8437 Jade Street Anchorage, AK 99502
Photo of 8437 Jade Street, Anchorage, AK 99502 (MLS # 18-12615)
4 beds 4 baths 3,488 sqft $549,900
8211 Frank Street Anchorage, AK 99518
Photo of 8211 Frank Street, Anchorage, AK 99518 (MLS # 18-12614)
3 beds 2 baths 1,128 sqft $254,900
2932 Morgan Loop Anchorage, AK 99516
Photo of 2932 Morgan Loop, Anchorage, AK 99516 (MLS # 18-12613)
4 beds 3 baths 2,425 sqft $569,900

Sold Listings in Anchorage

15815 Alta Court Anchorage, AK 99516
Photo of 15815 Alta Court, Anchorage, AK 99516 (MLS # 18-12552)
3 beds 2 baths 1,691 sqft $360,000
7187 Fairweather Park Loop Anchorage, AK 99518
Photo of 7187 Fairweather Park Loop, Anchorage, AK 99518 (MLS # 18-12217)
3 beds 2 baths 1,476 sqft $1,750
1803 Atkinson Drive Anchorage, AK 99504
Photo of 1803 Atkinson Drive, Anchorage, AK 99504 (MLS # 18-11852)
2 beds 1 bath 840 sqft $244,000
6835 All Star Circle Anchorage, AK 99504
Photo of 6835 All Star Circle, Anchorage, AK 99504 (MLS # 18-11838)
3 beds 3 baths 1,834 sqft $2,000
413 E 16th Avenue #4 Anchorage, AK 99501
Photo of 413 E 16th Avenue #4, Anchorage, AK 99501 (MLS # 18-11834)
2 beds 1 bath 1,000 sqft $899
720 M Street 105 Anchorage, AK 99501
Photo of 720 M Street 105, Anchorage, AK 99501 (MLS # 18-11816)
1 bed 1 bath 625 sqft $950
720 M Street 200 Anchorage, AK 99501
Photo of 720 M Street 200, Anchorage, AK 99501 (MLS # 18-11808)
3 beds 2 baths 2,000 sqft $2,000
212 Zappa Place #3 Anchorage, AK 99504
Photo of 212 Zappa Place #3, Anchorage, AK 99504 (MLS # 18-11807)
3 beds 2 baths 1,144 sqft $1,149
1300 W 13th Avenue #B Anchorage, AK 99501
Photo of 1300 W 13th Avenue #B, Anchorage, AK 99501 (MLS # 18-11789)
2 beds 1 bath 1,000 sqft $1,500
5606 E 40th Avenue A104 Anchorage, AK 99504
Photo of 5606 E 40th Avenue A104, Anchorage, AK 99504 (MLS # 18-11786)
2 beds 2 baths 1,100 sqft $1,250
3927 Pyrenean Circle Anchorage, AK 99516
Photo of 3927 Pyrenean Circle, Anchorage, AK 99516 (MLS # 18-11774)
4 beds 3 baths 2,718 sqft $570,000
3332 Illiamna Avenue Anchorage, AK 99517
Photo of 3332 Illiamna Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99517 (MLS # 18-11723)
4 beds 2 baths 2,401 sqft $625,000
109 Dean Place Anchorage, AK 99504
Photo of 109 Dean Place, Anchorage, AK 99504 (MLS # 18-11530)
3 beds 2 baths 1,056 sqft $1,800
936 W 11th Avenue Anchorage, AK 99501
Photo of 936 W 11th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501 (MLS # 18-11477)
2 beds 1 bath 880 sqft $1,350
7154 Bearfoot Drive #2 Anchorage, AK 99502
Photo of 7154 Bearfoot Drive #2, Anchorage, AK 99502 (MLS # 18-11258)
2 beds 1 bath 1,048 sqft $1,200

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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
http://www.asdk12.org/schools/abbottloop/pages/
Airport Heights Elementary School
PK-6, public
https://airportheights.asdk12.org/
Bartlett High School
9-12, public
Baxter Elementary School
PK-6, public
Bayshore Elementary School
PK-6, public
http://www.asdk12.org/aboutschools/bayshore/schoolname,3217,en.html
Campbell Elementary School
PK-6, public
https://www.asdk12.org/schools/campbell/pages/
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
http://www.asdk12.org/
Creekside Park Elementary School
PK-5, public
https://www.asdk12.org/aboutschools/creekside/
Denali Elementary School
PK-6, public
Dimond High School
9-12, public
http://dimond.asdk12.org/
East High School
9-12, public
Fairview Elementary School
PK-6, public
http://www.asdk12.org/aboutschools/fairview/
Gladys Wood Elementary School
PK-6, public
https://education.alaska.gov/DOE_Rolodex/SchoolCalendar/Home/SchoolDetails/50370
Huffman Elementary School
PK-6, public
http://www.asdk12.org/aboutschools/huffman/schoolname,3061,en.html
Inlet View Elementary School
PK-6, public
http://www.asdk12.org/aboutschools/inletview/schoolname,3062,en.html
Lake Otis Elementary School
PK-6, public
Tudor Elementary School
PK-6, public
http://www.asdk12.org/aboutschools/tudor/
Turnagain Elementary School
PK-6, public
Mountain View Elementary School
PK-5, public
Muldoon Elementary School
PK-5, public
http://www.asdk12.org/aboutschools/muldoon/schoolname,3076,en.html

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