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Anchorage, AK

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Anchorage, Alaska is the northernmost city in the entire United States with over 100,000 residents. The city has nearly 300,000 people who live within its borders, which makes the city the biggest in the entire state. Anchorage is unique in that it is a unified home rule municipality—meaning that it is a city, a municipal corporation, and a county all in one. It has the political powers of each of those entities. Four times, Anchorage has been named an All-America City by the National Civic League.

Getting Around in Anchorage, AK

Anchorage is the biggest city in Alaska, and as such, it has the most options for transportation in the entire city. Anchorage has air ports, major highways, bus systems, and railroads. The city’s public bus system is called “People Mover”, which also provides a carpool in addition to traditional bus offerings. The Alaska Railroad mostly sends freight back and forth to the US mainland. Route 1 is Alaska’s biggest state highway, and it runs through most of the state.

Walk Score®
"Very Walkable"
Transit Score®
The average commuter time in Anchorage is:
15 to 19 minutes
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  • Time Range
  • 25 to 29 minutes
  • 30 to 34 minutes
  • 35 to 39 minutes
  • Percentage of workers
  • 5.54%
  • 8.93%
  • 1.55%

Wildlife Population

<p>Anchorage has a unique and diverse wildlife population in relation to the rest of the United States. There are more than 300 black bears and grizzly bears which call the area home, and moose are relatively common as well. Because of the wildlife population, driving in the winters can be hazardous, with moose accidents killing over 100 moose each year. Incidents with hikers and wildlife have been known to happen on occasion. Several wolves also call the area home, and a national incident was made in 2007 when a few local dogs were killed by wolves while being walked with their owners.</p>

United States Military Bases

<p>Because of the city's unique location in relation to the rest of the United States, it is considered to be a strategic point for military bases. Anchorage directly borders Canada and is separated from Russia only by a thin strait. The city's growth in the 1950s along with technological advancements in aviation made it a viable location for the Air Force. Today, Elmendorf Air Force Base and fort Richardson serve as the primary bases in the city. During the Cold War, they operated with more traffic than they do currently.</p>

Alaska Center for the Performing Arts

<p>The Alaska Center for the Performing Arts opened about twenty years ago as a performance venue. It has over 3,000 seats inside the performance spaces, and due to its large amount of events, over 200,000 people move in and out of the venue every year. The center is designed to house opera, Broadway musicals, dance performances, film presentations, and chamber music. Inside the building, there are three separate theaters&Ntilde;the biggest being Evangeline Atwood Concert Hall, with over 2,000 seats. The other two are smaller, with the Discovery Theatre and the Sydney Laurence Theatre each holding less than 1,000 people.</p>