Living in Anchorage: An Overview

Living in Anchorage: An Overview

A summer shot of downtown Anchorage, Alaska during the Hero Games event.
A summer shot of downtown Anchorage, Alaska during the Hero Games event.


Anchorage, a place where people play and work hard. Entrepreneurship is loved and sought by many. Opportunities are plenty.Anchorage is a small city but it is a big economic contender in oil, transportation, shipping and many more industries.

The cityfocuses on developing young people and taking good care of retirees. Jobs in oil, construction, healthcare and retail are abundant from 20 of years of good economic growth.

Life in Anchorage is easy and simple. You’ll have the freedom to explore wildlife or stay close to home and enjoy the convenience of urban living. Nowhere else combines the quality of the modern age with the freedom of living in the unspoiled wilderness as you can do in Alaska.

You will find the friendliest Americans in this close-knit community with a taste of adventure and live a good joyful life.

Winters aren’t as bad as most people think.Because it is near the ocean, it actually has a warmer climate than other cold-weather cities like Chicago and Minneapolis!The city is a wonderland during winter with the ice skating rink and ski trails in the heart of it.

In the summer, you can do a lot of activities like fishing, camping, swimming, hiking, and exploring the abundant wildlife around Anchorage. There is something for the whole family to enjoy.


Whether you are looking to build, buy or rent, there are plenty of opportunity and options in Alaska. You can choose from rustic cabins to a trendy, modern, luxurious home- you name it. You’ll absolutely find your dream home from the plentiful inventory available here.

The average housing market ranges from $160,000 to $500,000 depending on location. Anchorage is the most populated city with almost 300,000 inhabitants.

For rentals, expect to pay $1,800 to $2,500 per month for a 3-4 bedroom home, while a three-bedroom condo rents for about $1,300.


Anchorage’s Public Transportation People Mover bus system began operation in 1974. It is easy to use and can be a good option if you are staying and traveling along a bus route.  The service is basic with 30 and 60 minute headways on weekdays and hourly service on weekends. It provides just over fourteen thousand rides each day, on average.

There are 14 fixed routes so it covers a fairly good portion of the 1,900 square miles of Anchorage. Trip planner, route, schedules and everything you’ll need to know is available on the transit website. Enjoy the safe and efficient transportation and you may even catch occasional sightings of moose, bears and northern lights.


There are plenty of job opportunities in oil, fishing, healthcare, transportation, and mining. Seasonal jobs include administrative support and bus driving for the busy summer season.

Alaska has a number of healthcare industry jobs available such as pharmacy technicians, registered nurses, respiratory therapist and nurse assistants to name a few.

According to, the typical annual salary for teachers is $52,141; oil jobs average around $65,000; jobs in retail sales are about $22,000; and government jobs (depending on the position) start around $43,000. Registered nurses make approximately $57,000, while aircraft cargo handling supervisors bring in about $42,000 (statistics as of 2008).

As you can see, there is much to offer here! Visit and experience for yourself the adventure and sophistication found in Anchorage, AK. For more resources about relocating, please feel free to contact me.

John Collinge is an Anchorage Realtor


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