Anchorage, Alaska

Anchorage: The most populous city in Alaska and the center of the Anchorage metropolitan area. It is located on Cook Inlet in south-central Alaska. Anchorage is known for its mountains, its glaciers, and its many attractions, such as the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center and the Alaska Zoo.


Anchorage is a city located in the county of Anchorage Municipality in the U.S. state of Alaska. Its population at the 2010 census was 293,357. After 7 years in 2017 city had an estimated population of 294,356 inhabitants.

The city was created 110 years ago in 1913.

Anchorage was founded in 1914 when a tent city was established as a construction camp for the Alaska Railroad project. It officially became a city in 1920 and quickly grew as more people came to help build the railroad.

In the 1930s and 1940s, Anchorage became an important air transportation hub and Army base during World War II. This helped Anchorage grow rapidly into Alaska's largest city.

Geographic Location

Anchorage is located in southcentral Alaska on the shores of Cook Inlet, which leads to the Gulf of Alaska. It sits at the base of the Chugach Mountains.

Its location makes Anchorage easily accessible by air and sea, which has helped it become Alaska's largest and most modern city.

Economy and Culture

Today, Anchorage has a diverse economy based on transportation, military, oil and tourism. The city has a vibrant arts and culture scene.

Some key aspects of Anchorage include:

  • Home to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, a major Air Force base
  • Headquarters for many Alaska native corporations
  • Has a modern performing arts center and several museums
  • Known for its stunning mountain views and access to wilderness and wildlife

Anchorage has grown into a thriving 21st century city while retaining its frontier spirit. It serves as the economic and cultural hub of Alaska.

Quick Facts about Anchorage

Population : 294,356 (2017)
Country : United States of America
State : Alaska (United States)
County : Anchorage Municipality
Postal code : 99501–99524, 99530
Phone Area Codes : 907
Official name : Anchorage
Water as percent of area : 13.07%
Land as percent of area : 86.93%
Altitude : 102 feet / 31 meters
Capital city : Anchorage is capital of Alaska
Establishment : January 01, 1914 (110 years ago)
Time Zone : UTC−08:00, UTC−09:00
Local time : 02:14:59 (14th June 2024)
Population growth : 0.34% (2010-2017)
Seal of Anchorage  Alaska coat of arms image
Seal of Anchorage Alaska
Seal of Anchorage  Alaska coat of arms image


Anchorage is located at 61°13'5"N 149°54'1"W (61.2180600, -149.9002800). It has 3 neighbors: Kenai Peninsula Borough, Matanuska Susitna Borough and Valdez Cordova Census Area.

Anchorage map

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Anchorage has 3 neighbours.


The population of Anchorage increased by 0.34% in 7 years.

Year Population % Change Method
1990 226,338 - estimation process
2000 260,283 13.04% estimation process
2010 293,357 11.27% estimation process
2011 295,907 0.86% estimation process
2012 298,294 0.8% estimation process
2013 300,950 0.88% estimation process
2015 298,695 -0.75% demographic balance
2016 298,192 -0.17% estimation process
2017 294,356 -1.3% project management estimation

Anchorage zip code is 99501. County name: Anchorage, County fips: 02020

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People born in Anchorage (188)

People born in Anchorage, including actress Michelle Johnson, actress Annie Parisse, actress Kira Buckland, .


  • Alan Alborn (ski jumper) he was born in 13/12/1980
  • Dan Mintz (American comedian) he was born in 25/09/1981
  • Mario Chalmers (American basketball player) he was born in 19/05/1986
  • Mark Begich (United States Senator from Alaska, formerly Mayor of Anchorage, Alaska) he was born in 30/03/1962
  • Sydne Vogel (figure skater) she was born in 20/06/1979
  • Damian Vaughn (American football player) he was born in 14/06/1975
  • Scott Gomez (American ice hockey player) he was born in 23/12/1979
  • Barbara Britch (American cross-country skier) she was born in 30/03/1951
  • Cyclops (superhero comic character)
  • Brad Oleson (American basketball player) he was born in 11/04/1983
  • Brandon Dubinsky (American ice hockey player) he was born in 29/04/1986
  • Nate Thompson (American ice hockey player) he was born in 05/10/1984
  • Curt Schilling (American baseball player) he was born in 14/11/1966
  • Irene Bedard (Native-American actress) she was born in 22/07/1967
  • Denise Teela (American biathlete) she was born in 30/06/1979
  • Jeff Pain (skeleton racer) he was born in 14/12/1970
  • Matt Carle (American ice hockey player) he was born in 25/09/1984
  • Khleo (American actor and musician) he was born in 30/01/1989

Schools in Anchorage

College & universities near Anchorage, AK

Code Name City ZIP
102553 University of Alaska Anchorage Anchorage (AK) 99508
103501 Alaska Career College Anchorage (AK) 99507-1033
102669 Alaska Pacific University Anchorage (AK) 99508

Post offices near Anchorage

Post Office Name City ZIP
Postal Stor Post Office Anchorage (AK) 99501
Eastchester Post Office Anchorage (AK) 99501
Anchorag Post Office Anchorage (AK) 99517
Spenard Post Office Anchorage (AK) 99517
Midtown Post Office Anchorage (AK) 99503

Other places with the same name (2)

Other cities in Anchorage Municipality

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Anchorage Municipality , AK.

City Name Population Title
Eagle River 24,793 Community in Alaska, USA
Girdwood 2,250 City in United States of America

Distance to Other Cities

Anchorage distances to largest Alaska cities