Anchorage is located in southcentral Alaska on the eastern shores of Cook Inlet. Home to nearly 300,000 residents, the city is a unique blend of urban sophistication and wilderness frontier that is like no other city in the nation.
Anchorage is the center for transportation and industry for Alaska. The city is home to over 26,000 businesses supported by a civilian work force comprised of approximately 70% of the adult population. Of those, more than 92% are high school graduates and nearly 33% hold a bachelor’s degree or higher. Low unemployment, short commute times, and median household incomes of more than $78,000 continue to draw new residents and businesses to the city each year.
Anchorage features some of the most beautiful scenery on earth. Surrounded by spectacular mountain ranges, dense forests, rushing rivers, and vast oceans, the city and surrounding wilderness is home to a diverse collection of wildlife that includes moose, bear, beaver, sheep, and migratory birds.
Anchorage is home to an award-winning trail system that traverses the city and beyond, connecting to Chugach State Park just south of the city that features fishing, boating, kayaking, and canoeing on various lakes, streams, and rivers that populate the park. The park features an extensive trail system, as well, with more than 280 miles of trails suitable for hiking, biking, and horseback riding.
The city’s diverse cultural arts scene features such treasures as the Anchorage Museum, a world-class museum facility that brings Alaska’s history to life through exhibitions of art, history, and science. There is also the Alaska Native Heritage Center, a unique cultural institution that shares the history and heritage of major Alaskan cultures through exhibits, workshops, stories, dance, and educational programs.
Anchorage patrons can shop ‘til they drop at the Anchorage Fifth Avenue Mall, dine in style at Seven Glaciers Restaurant, and have an entertaining night at a number of popular nightlife destinations that include Humpy’s Great Alaskan Alehouse, the Anchorage Hard Rock Café, and Chilkoot Charlies, home of guest performances by bands of national and international fame.
With its unique blend of urban chic and frontier living, Anchorage offers residents and visitors alike the chance of a lifetime to experience the thrilling adventure of the Alaskan lifestyle!