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Living a Beach Lifestyle in ANCHORAGE, Alaska

Anchorage is by far the largest city in Alaska with a population over 250,000. It is located at the end of a bay on the Gulf of Alaska. So it is on the coast, although it has limited, if any, beaches.  Unlike almost any other city or town in Alaska, roads radiate out from Anchorage to nearby communities including the beatiful Kenai Peninsula. Anchorage is close to astounding scenery and outdoor recreation, yet is also a college town (University of Alaska-Anchorage, and Alaska Pacific University).  The downtown is attractive and there are many nice parks throughout the city. It is wild enough that bear and attacks have occurred within the city limits.

Where to Retire in ANCHORAGE and Home Prices

There are many diverse and popular areas of Anchorage, including the South Anchorage area of Rabbit Creek.
Although Alaska has almost no taxes, in fact it pays you to live here, it remains very expensive. According to Zillow, the median home value was $420,993 in mid-2022. 

What Is Special about ANCHORAGE

Beautiful scenery and outdoor recreation

What Is Not Special about ANCHORAGE

In Alaska winters are long and dark. Everything is very expensive. And unless you a free spirit, the stubborn independence of many of the locals could get on your nerves.

Climate and Physical Environment

Anchorage is in the south central part of the state. Its physical environment has everything that anyone could want - mountains, lakes, bays, snow, rivers.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Anchorage has much to do with all types of outdoor recreation, but it also offers museums, cultural events, festivals, restaurants, and entertainment.


Crime in Anchorage is above the national average.

Medical Facilities

There are several hospitals and medical centers in Anchorage.


Anchorage is Alaska's transportation hub and both trains and planes provide transportation to the city.  The town also offers public bus transportation.

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