Anchorage

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

5
210/263
Details
Large apartment$1942.89
Medium apartment$1500.04
Rent index [score]0.52
Small apartment$1057.19

Cost of Living

2
250/261
Details
5km taxi ride$9.30
A Cappuccino$4.60
A beer$1.90
A kilogram of Apples$4.70
Bread$1.30
Inflation [score]0.23
Lunch$13.00
Monthly fitness club membership$66.00
Monthly public transport$55.00
Movie ticket$12.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$84.07

Startups

3
214/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups2
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.20
Coworking spaces [score]0.42
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co1
Meetups [score]0.13
Meetups groups14
Meetups members2028
Number of investors1
Number of startup events in the last 12 months78
Number of upcoming meetup events2
Startup climate scene [score]0.35
Startup events9
Startup events8
Startup events [score]0.36
Startups [score]0.37
Total number of startups11

Venture Capital

N/A
Details

Travel Connectivity

2
194/260
Details
Airport hub34
Airport hub [score]0.21
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.12

Commute

5
156/260
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/United_States/Anchorage
Traffic handling [score]0.77

Business Freedom

9
67/259
Details
Business freedom84.70
Business freedom [score]0.86
Freedom from corruption74.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.79
Lack of labor restrictions91.40
Lack of labor restrictions [score]1.00
Time to open a business5.60
Time to open a business [score]0.95

Safety

4
250/264
Details
Crime rate [score]0.43
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year20
Guns per 100 residents149
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.47
Lack of guns [score]0.29
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.38

Healthcare

6
189/260
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.22
Healthcare quality [score]0.86
Life expectancy (years)79.28
Life expectancy [score]0.76

Education

4
155/230
Details
Country mean scores in PISA math test478.04
Country mean scores in PISA reading test497.58
Country mean scores in PISA science test497.41
PISA math ranking (high school)32
PISA ranking25
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.82
PISA reading (high school)20
PISA science (high school)24
Percent of happy students0.77
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.26
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.17
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.18
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.09
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.08
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.07

Environmental Quality

9
8/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.94
Cleanliness [score]0.75
Drinking water quality [score]1.00
Urban greenery [score]1.00

Economy

6
16/258
Details
Currency for urban areaUSD
GDP growth rate0.02
GDP growth rate [score]0.43
GDP per capita$54596.65
GDP per capita [score]0.86

Taxation

5
109/260
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.54
Income tax level [score]0.43
Profit tax (% of profit)0.44
Time overhead to file company taxes175

Internet Access

6
105/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)39.53
Internet access (download) [score]0.69
Internet access (upload) [score]0.45
Upload speed (Mbps)10.09

Leisure & Culture

3
233/263
Details
Art galleries62
Art galleries [score]0.40
Cinemas24
Cinemas [score]0.45
Comedy clubs5
Comedy clubs [score]0.59
Concert venues27
Concerts [score]0.24
Historical sites5
Historical sites [score]0.32
Museums23
Museums [score]0.36
Performing art venues41
Performing arts [score]0.41
Sport venues9
Sports [score]0.48
Zoos3
Zoos [score]0.69

Tolerance

7
59/264
Details
LGBT Equality Index76.56
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.78
LGBT adoption rights✔ Legal
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (indefinite deferral)
LGBT conversion therapy regulationsAmbiguous
LGBT discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT employment discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT gender changing rights✔ Legal, surgery not required
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT marriage rights✔ Legal
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.68

Outdoors

5
95/260
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.48
Median peak in meters1310.00
Presence of hills in city1.00
Presence of mountains in city1.00
Seaside access1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)31.00
Water access [score]0.56
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Anchorage are in the most expensive 10 percent of all 261 Teleport cities and the 4th most expensive in the United States. Average living expenses are significantly higher compared to other cities, especially in the housing market. Moving to Anchorage will very likely increase your daily costs of living. Sign up for free to get access to our cost of living index and use our international  cost of living calculator to do cost comparison by city.

Housing costs (USD)

$1,275$1,726
$1500
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$66
Movie ticket$12
Broadband internet connection$78
Monthly public transport$55
Lunch$13
-3%
compared to
San Francisco
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Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$83,461
Median salary
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

148.50
Guns per 100 people
19.59
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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Phone: (+1-212) 972 2276,972 2277

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      LGBT rights in Anchorage

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      Climate

      Average number of clear days per year

      61

      Climate type

      Continental Subarctic

      Average daily maximum temperature

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      On living in Anchorage

      Anchorage is the largest city in Alaska, located in the Southcentral region. Anchorage is a cosmopolitan port city with a population of over 300,000. It is a consolidated city-borough referred to as a municipality. The urbanized city is defined by Muldoon Road to the east, Rabbit Creek Road to the south, and Cook Inlet to the north and west. Several small suburbs are within the Municipality of Anchorage while physically outside what most Anchorageites would call the "Anchorage" proper area. These include Eagle River and Chugiak to the north and Girdwood to the south.

      Let's be clear, if you are looking for the "real Alaska" this is not it, but you can see it from there. Anchorage is a city. A real city with traffic, giant malls, tall buildings, crime and most other things one expects to find in an American city. It is an important hub and the gateway to other areas including the Alaskan Interior and the Kenai Peninsula, but is not really a "tourist destination" unto itself. While it is not the administrative capital of Alaska it is the economic capital. There are good places to eat and plenty of shopping, but the city itself is just that, a city. A great place to gear up for a trip, but it's not particularly "Alaskan" except for the weather.

      Alaska is well known for its winters—but most visitors come in the summer, when the days are long and the temperatures are moderate.

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