Profile for Anchorage, Alaska, AK
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"The City of Lights and Flowers"
Seaport and trading center; Alaska's largest city
Anchorage is in Anchorage Borough.
It is the borough seat.
The community was named for the boat anchorage at the mouth of Ship Creek
The latitude of Anchorage is 61.218N. The longitude is -149.9W.
Elevation is 102 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 270,951.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Anchorage demographic reports
Anchorage is at the head of Cook Inlet, beneath the Chugach Mountains
Former and merged names include:
· Knik Anchorage
· Ship Creek
· Port Woodrow
· Alaska City
Russian sailors landed here in 1741. Explored by Capt. James Cook in 1778
The Good Friday earthquake in 1964 destroyed much of the city. The local economy rebounded with development of the Prudhoe Bay oil fields and construction of the trans-Alaska pipeline
City residents pay no sales tax and no state income tax. The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race begins here
Public transportation: People Mover (See the transit and travel sections below.)
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 1,744. The number of murders and homicides was 17. The violent crime rate was 6.4 per 1,000 people.
Rated No. 10 on Healthy Cities list, by Organic Style magazine, September/October 2003
Anchorage received national attention for 1964 earthquake
Census 2000 highlights: At 1,697 square miles, Anchorage is the largest U.S. city, in terms of land area
Well-known residents have included:
· Jeff Pain, 2006 Olympics silver medal winner (men's skeleton)
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks, Bad Ass Coffee
Local festivals include:
- Fur Rendezvous Winter Carnival - Feb. 23-March 4, 2007
- Iditarod - March 3-18, 2007
- Alaska State Fair - Aug. 23-Sept. 3, 2007
- Dance Together Alaska Festival - April 27-29, 2007
- Folk Festival - Jan. 18-21; 26-28, 2007
- Bear Paw Festival - July 13-15, 2007
- Juneteenth Celebration - June 12, 2007
Dates often change. Check Anchorage web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Anchorage Symphony Orchestra
Sports teams: Alaska Aces (East Coast Hockey League)
Historic sites and museums: Alaska Museum of Natural History, Anchorage Museum of History & Art, Alaska Native Heritage Center, Imaginarium Science Discovery Center, Oscar Anderson House Museum, Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum
Colleges and universities:
Alaska Pacific University, University of Alaska, Charter College, Career Academy
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 100
Anchorage coins millionaires in speculative real estate. Some are young. The median age in Anchorage is under 24.
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· "Anchorage" (Michelle Shocked)
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Ancestry & family history
16% of Anchorage residents report German ancestry, and 10% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Anchorage ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Anchorage was $25,287, compared with $21,587 nationally.
29% of Anchorage residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Anchorage festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Fur Rendezvous Winter Carnival - F
- Folk Festival - J
- Iditarod - M
- Bear Paw Festival - J
- Alaska State Fair - A
- Juneteenth Celebration - J
- Dance Together Alaska Festival - A
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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Median rent in Anchorage, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $696. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,429.
Libraries in Anchorage include Mountain View Branch Library, Muldoon Branch Library, Samson-Dimond Branch Library, Z. J. Loussac Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Anchorage include Anchorage Daily News
TV stations in Anchorage include KAKM, KDMD, KIMO, KTBY, KTUU, KTVA, KYES.
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KNBA., KSKA.
The average commute time for Anchorage workers is 19 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 69 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Anchorage between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 2.7 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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