Anchorage, AK

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2022 Population
399,335
0.00426% 1-year decline
US Senator
Lisa Murkowski
Republican Party
US Senator
Dan Sullivan
Republican Party
US Representative
Mary Peltola
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
35
0.575% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
9.8%
2.55% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$93,016
7.84% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$344,500
12.3% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
188,135
0.595% 1-year decline

About

In 2022, Anchorage, AK had a population of 399k people with a median age of 35 and a median household income of $93,016. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Anchorage, AK declined from 399,352 to 399,335, a −0.00426% decrease and its median household income grew from $86,252 to $93,016, a 7.84% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Anchorage, AK are White (Non-Hispanic) (61.1%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (9.29%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (7.45%), American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (6.75%), and Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (4.05%).

None of the households in Anchorage, AK reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

96.9% of the residents in Anchorage, AK are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Anchorage, AK are University of Alaska Anchorage (1,895 degrees awarded in 2022), Alaska Career College (215 degrees), and Alaska Pacific University (138 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Anchorage, AK was $344,500, and the homeownership rate was 67.2%.

Most people in Anchorage, AK drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 22.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Anchorage, AK was 2 cars per household.

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Population & Diversity

Anchorage, AK is home to a population of 399k people, from which 96.9% are citizens. As of 2022, 8.82% of Anchorage, AK residents were born outside of the country (35.2k people).

In 2022, there were 6.58 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (244k people) in Anchorage, AK than any other race or ethnicity. There were 37.1k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 29.7k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

96.9%
2022 Citizenship
96.7%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 96.9% of Anchorage, AK residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Anchorage, AK was 96.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Anchorage, AK
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    244k ± 867
  2. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    37.1k ± 1.99k
  3. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    29.7k ± 976
8.57%
Hispanic Population
34.2k people

In 2022, there were 6.58 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (244k people) in Anchorage, AK than any other race or ethnicity. There were 37.1k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 29.7k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

8.57% of the people in Anchorage, AK are hispanic (34.2k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Anchorage, AK as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Philippines
    20,850 ± 3,494 people
  2. Korea
    3,574 ± 1,464 people
  3. Mexico
    3,318 ± 1,411 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Alaska was Philippines, the natal country of 20,850 Alaska residents, followed by Korea with 3,574 and Mexico with 3,318.

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Foreign-Born Population

8.82%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
35.2k people
9.02%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
36k people

As of 2022, 8.82% of Anchorage, AK residents (35.2k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Anchorage, AK was 9.02%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Gulf War (2001-)
    14,190 ± 919
  2. Vietnam
    8,525 ± 623
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    6,596 ± 634

Anchorage, AK has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.66 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Anchorage, AK employs 188k people. The largest industries in Anchorage, AK are Health Care & Social Assistance (29,378 people), Retail Trade (20,410 people), and Public Administration (18,295 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($130,857), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($115,675), and Utilities ($92,484).

Males in Alaska have an average income that is 1.25 times higher than the average income of females, which is $65,037. The income inequality in Alaska (measured using the Gini index) is 0.436, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

188k
2022 Value
± 3,526
−0.595%
1 Year decline
± 2.66%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Anchorage, AK declined at a rate of −0.595%, from 189k employees to 188k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Anchorage, AK, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (23,041 people), Management Occupations (20,493 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (15,153 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Anchorage, AK.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

188k
2022 Value
± 3,526
−0.595%
1 Year decline
± 2.66%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Anchorage, AK declined at a rate of −0.595%, from 189k employees to 188k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Anchorage, AK, are Health Care & Social Assistance (29,378 people), Retail Trade (20,410 people), and Public Administration (18,295 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Anchorage, AK, though some of these residents may live in Anchorage, AK and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$60,746
Median earning men ± $2,630
$45,395
Median earning women ± $1,214

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($119,556), Public Administration ($82,068), and Information ($77,170).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($91,250), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($60,281), and Public Administration ($59,459).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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3.6%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 317k people employed in Alaska. This represents a 3.6% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 13.7%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Alaska.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 5,434
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 2,729
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services
  3. 2,060
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Alaska went to Donald J. Trump with 52.8% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (42.8%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (2.47%).

Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan are the senators currently representing the state of Alaska. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Anchorage, AK is currently represented by Mary Peltola in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Alaska

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Lisa Murkowski
Senator from Alaska3
Assumed office on December 20, 2002
Appointed to the seat following the resignation of her father Frank Murkowski, who was elected List of governors of Alaska|Governor of Alaska.
Dan Sullivan
Senator from Alaska2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan are the senators currently representing Alaska.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Anchorage, AK

Mary Peltola
Alaska at-large Representative
Democratic Party

Anchorage, AK is currently represented by Mary Peltola (Democratic Party).

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the member for Anchorage, AK have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Anchorage, AK awarded 2,254 degrees. The student population of Anchorage, AK in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 4,330 male students and 7,036 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Anchorage, AK are White (1,215 and 54.9%), followed by Two or More Races (231 and 10.4%), Hispanic or Latino (186 and 8.4%), and Asian (178 and 8.04%).

The largest universities in Anchorage, AK by number of degrees awarded are University of Alaska Anchorage (1,895 and 84.1%), Alaska Career College (215 and 9.54%), and Alaska Pacific University (138 and 6.12%).

The most popular majors in Anchorage, AK are Liberal Arts & Sciences (261 and 11.6%), Registered Nursing (140 and 6.21%), and General Business Administration & Management (112 and 4.97%).

The median tuition costs in Anchorage, AK are $15,275 for private four year colleges, and $6,192 and $19,776 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Anchorage, AK, the percentage of applicants admitted was 68.6%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 36.2%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 11,366 (38.1% men and 61.9% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 11,366 students enrolled in Anchorage, AK, 38.1% men and 61.9% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 5,384 records, of which 60.6% were women and 39.4% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 126 degrees awarded
  2. 64 degrees awarded
  3. 58 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Anchorage, AK was Registered Nursing with 126 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Anchorage, AK according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 1,895 degrees awarded
  2. 215 degrees awarded
  3. 138 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Alaska Anchorage with 1,895 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 830 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Anchorage, AK, which is 0.583 times less than the 1,424 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 1,215 degrees mean that there were 5.26 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Two or More Races, with 231 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($15,275) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,316) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,320) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.495% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.397% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (168k), Some college (147k), and Bachelors Degree (98.8k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Anchorage, AK was $344,500 in 2022, which is 1.22 times larger than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $306,700 to $344,500, a 12.3% increase. The homeownership rate in Anchorage, AK is 67.2%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Anchorage, AK have an average commute time of 22.9 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Anchorage, AK is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Anchorage, AK is $93,016. In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Anchorage, AK was Aleutians West Census Area, AK with a value of $100,662, followed by Anchorage Municipality, AK and Juneau City and Borough, AK, with respective values of $95,731 and $95,711.

Property

$344,500
Median Property Value 2022
±$3,597
$98,399
Median Property Taxes
±$2,188

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Anchorage, AK the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

67.2%
Homeownership
2022
71.4%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 67.2% of the housing units in Anchorage, AK were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 66.5%.

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Income by Location

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In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Anchorage, AK was Aleutians West Census Area, AK with a value of $100,662, followed by Anchorage Municipality, AK and Juneau City and Borough, AK, with respective values of $95,731 and $95,711.

The following map shows all of the counties in Anchorage, AK colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$93,016
Median Household Income
± $2,117
146k
Number of Households
± 2,844

In 2022, the median household income of the 146k households in Anchorage, AK grew to $93,016 from the previous year's value of $86,252.

The following chart displays the households in Anchorage, AK distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Anchorage, AK is from Alaska.
0.436
2022 Wage GINI in Alaska
0.437
2021 Wage GINI in Alaska

In 2022, the income inequality in Alaska was 0.436 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.308% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Alaska was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Alaska in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (72%)
  2. Carpooled (11.9%)
  3. Worked At Home (8.9%)

In 2022, 72% of workers in Anchorage, AK drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (11.9%) and those who worked at home (8.9%).

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Commute Time

22.9 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Anchorage, AK have a shorter commute time (22.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.71% of the workforce in Anchorage, AK have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Anchorage, AK distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Anchorage, AK have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

9.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Anchorage, AK (38.2k out of 390k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males 25 - 34.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Anchorage, AK is White, followed by Native American and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

88.7% of the population of Anchorage, AK has health coverage, with 44.1% on employee plans, 16% on Medicaid, 7.75% on Medicare, 15.1% on non-group plans, and 5.74% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Alaska see 1025 patients per year on average, which represents a 4.12% decrease from the previous year (1069 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 983 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 161 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,025 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Alaska

Primary care physicians in Alaska see an average of 1,025 patients per year. This represents a 4.12% decrease from the previous year (1,069 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Alaska in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 26.7% under 18 years, 22.7% between 18 and 34 years, 38.1% between 35 and 64 years, and 12.4% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 50.5% were men and 49.5% were women.

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Uninsured People

11.3%
Uninsured
44.1%
Employer Coverage
16%
Medicaid
7.75%
Medicare
15.1%
Non-Group
5.74%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Anchorage, AK declined by 0.728% from 11.4% to 11.3%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Anchorage, AK changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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