Best Places to Live in Alaska for Families in 2022

By:- Sahil Luthra

Anchorage

Anchorage

At the top of the list is Alaska’s largest city. The city of Anchorage promises stunning views, with Cook Inlet to the west, Krik Arm to the North, Turnagain Arm to the South and Chugach State Park dominating the landscape. The Census counts 0.45 recreation centers and 0.37 retirement communities per 1,000 residents in Anchorage

Wasilla

Wasilla

Just outside Anchorage is Wasilla, Alaska’s sixth-largest city and previously the starting point for Alaska’s famed Iditarod sled dog race. Wasilla has the same 9.2% tax burden of Anchorage, and 11.7% of its population are seniors

Palmer

Palmer

it’s home to the Alaska State Fair and the Palmer Museum of History and Art. Palmer has a fairly low percentage of seniors in its population, at only 9.1%. The tax burden here is also 9.2%.

Fairbanks

Fairbanks

Moving more than 300 miles north to Interior Alaska, we find Fairbanks, the state’s second-most populous metropolitan area. Fairbanks residents get to take advantage of the winding Chena River, which runs through the middle of the city and provides ample opportunities for fishing and boating.

Sterling

Sterling

With a Southern Alaska location, Sterling is pockmarked by lakes. The city’s Southern border is made up of the Kenai River. You’ll find the most seniors here in Sterling, with seniors making up 18% of the general population. The tax burden here is 11.9%.

Sitka

Sitka

the city is also host to an annual Alaska Day Festival and various buildings and sites in the National Register of Historic Places. Sitka has a 13.2% senior population and a tax rate of 13.7%.

Bethel

Bethel

The city has a number of lakes as well as the Kuskokwim River running through it. You also have 0.31 recreation centers available per 1,000 residents and comparatively high access to health care, with 1.73 medical centers per 1,000 residents.

Juneau

Juneau

You can also visit the Kenai Visitor and Cultural Center with its local history and wildlife exhibits, in addition to many other historical buildings and locations in the city. About 12.1% of the population are seniors, giving you a decent chance at making friends in retirement. The tax burden here is 14.6%.

Ketchikan

Ketchikan

Ketchikan has the highest tax burden on this list at 15.1%, though that’s still lower than you’ll find in many cities in the continental U.S. Seniors make up 13.4% of the general population here.

Mendenhall Glacier

The Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center looks out over both the glacier and the iceberg-dotted waters, while trails venture along the shore to roaring Nugget Falls, as well as the impressive ice mass.

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