Anchorage Municipality, AK

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Population

294,356

1.29% decline

Median Age

34


Median Household Income

$79,166

7.55% decline

Poverty Rate

8.09%


Number of Employees

149,198

3% decline

Median Property Value

$320,000

0.249% decline

About

In 2017, Anchorage Municipality, AK had a population of 294k people with a median age of 34 and a median household income of $79,166. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Anchorage Municipality, AK declined from 298,192 to 294,356, a -1.29% decrease and its median household income declined from $85,634 to $79,166, a -7.55% decrease.

The population of Anchorage Municipality, AK is 57.6% White Alone, 10.6% Asian Alone, and 9.15% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Anchorage Municipality, AK speak a non-English language, and 94.6% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Anchorage Municipality, AK are University of Alaska Anchorage (2,553 degrees awarded in 2016), Alaska Career College (297 degrees), and Alaska Pacific University (136 degrees).

The median property value in Anchorage Municipality, AK is $320,000, and the homeownership rate is 58.5%. Most people in Anchorage Municipality, AK commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 18.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Anchorage Municipality, AK is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Anchorage Municipality, AK employs 149k people. The largest industries in Anchorage Municipality, AK are Health Care & Social Assistance (25,118 people), Retail Trade (16,722 people), and Public Administration (15,368 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($117,015), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($101,502), and Utilities ($91,160).

Median household income in Anchorage Municipality, AK is $79,166. Males in Anchorage Municipality, AK have an average income that is 1.31 times higher than the average income of females, which is $52,642. The income inequality in Anchorage Municipality, AK (measured using the Gini index) is 0.445, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$79,166

2017 value

± $4,990

-7.55%

1 Year Growth

± 8.61%

Households in Anchorage Municipality, AK have a median annual income of $79,166, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $85,634 in 2016, which represents a -7.55% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$68,998

Average Male Salary

± $3,533

$52,642

Average Female Salary

± $2,877

In 2017, full-time male employees in Anchorage Municipality, AK made 1.31 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. White

    $61,029 ± $2,876

  2. American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races

    $52,332 ± $20,394

  3. Black

    $47,393 ± $6,772

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Anchorage Municipality, AK workers was White. These workers were paid 1.17 times more than American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Anchorage Municipality, AK is from Alaska.

0.445

2017 Wage GINI

0.424

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Alaska was 0.445 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 4.86% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Alaska was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Alaska in comparison to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 28.23

  2. Census Tract 28.13

  3. Census Tract 28.21

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Anchorage Municipality, AK was Census Tract 28.23 with a value of $165,067, followed by Census Tract 28.13 and Census Tract 28.21, with respective values of $152,018 and $147,250.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Anchorage Municipality, AK colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

8.09% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Anchorage Municipality, AK (23.5k out of 290k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 6 - 11.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    9,560 ± 758

  2. Asian

    3,601 ± 511

  3. Native American

    3,153 ± 416

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Anchorage Municipality, AK is White, followed by Asian and Native American.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

149k

2017 Value

± 7,057

-3%

1 Year decline

± 6.69%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Anchorage Municipality, AK declined at a rate of -3%, from 154k employees to 149k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Anchorage Municipality, AK, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (10,994 people), Retail Sales Workers Except Cashiers (4,867 people), and Material Recording, Scheduling, Dispatching, & Distributing Workers (4,667 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Anchorage Municipality, AK.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Anchorage Municipality, AK, by number of employees, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (10,994 people), Retail Sales Workers Except Cashiers (4,867 people), and Material Recording, Scheduling, Dispatching, & Distributing Workers (4,667 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Anchorage Municipality, AK has an unusually high number of residents working as Fishing & Hunting, & Forest, Conservation, & Logging Workers (7.71 times higher than expected), Air Transportation Workers (5.38 times), and Plant & System Operators (2.97 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Anchorage Municipality, AK, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($101,975), Legal Occupations ($83,306), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($81,437).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

149k

2017 Value

± 7,057

-3%

1 Year decline

± 6.69%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Anchorage Municipality, AK declined at a rate of -3%, from 154k employees to 149k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Anchorage Municipality, AK, are Health Care & Social Assistance (25,118 people), Retail Trade (16,722 people), and Public Administration (15,368 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Anchorage Municipality, AK, though some of these residents may live in Anchorage Municipality, AK and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Anchorage Municipality, AK, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (25,118 people), Retail Trade (16,722 people), and Public Administration (15,368 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Anchorage Municipality, AK has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (4.77 times higher than expected), Management of Companies & Enterprises (4.14 times), and Public Administration (2.27 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Anchorage Municipality, AK, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($117,015), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($101,502), and Utilities ($91,160).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Alaska to other states, or from other states to Alaska.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $40.8B

  2. $4.7B

  3. $3.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Alaska product (by dollars) was Crude petroleum with $40.8B, followed by Gasoline with $4.7B and Fuel oils and $3.1B.

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Alaska products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$64.6B

2015 Value

$74.6B

Projected 2045 Value

15.5% growth

In 2015, total outbound Alaska trade was $64.6B. This is expected to increase 15.5% to $74.6B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Alaska trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Alaska to other states, or from other states to Alaska.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $17.7B

  2. $7.35B

  3. $1.53B

In 2015, the top outbound Alaska domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was California with $17.7B, followed by Washington with $7.35B and Utah and $1.53B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Alaska shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

88.7% of the population of Anchorage Municipality, AK has health coverage, with 45.3% on employee plans, 17.5% on Medicaid, 5.63% on Medicare, 13.4% on non-group plans, and 6.77% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Anchorage Municipality, AK was $11,064 in 2014. This is a 6.1% increase from the previous year ($10,428).

Primary care physicians in Anchorage Municipality, AK see 931 patients per year on average, which represents a 3.52% decrease from the previous year (965 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 840 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 307 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Ketchikan Gateway Borough and Wrangell City and Borough have the highest prevalence of diabetes (9.4%). Additionally, Aleutians West Census Area has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (40.7%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

931 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Anchorage Municipality, AK see an average of 931 patients per year. This represents a 3.52% decrease from the previous year (965 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

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Access and Quality

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Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$11,064

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$5,958

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$12,001

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,288

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Alaska (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 6.1%, from $10,428 to $11,064.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

11.3%

Uninsured

45.3%

Employer Coverage

17.5%

Medicaid

5.63%

Medicare

13.4%

Non-Group

6.77%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Anchorage Municipality, AK grew by 6.19% from 10.7% to 11.3%.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 9.4% prevalence

  2. 9.4% prevalence

  3. 9.1% prevalence

Ketchikan Gateway Borough and Wrangell City and Borough have the highest prevalence of diabetes in Alaska, at 9.4%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Alaska by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Anchorage Municipality, AK is home to a population of 294k people, from which 94.6% are citizens. As of 2017, 10.7% of Anchorage Municipality, AK residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Anchorage Municipality, AK is composed of 170k White Alone residents (57.6%), 31.3k Asian Alone residents (10.6%), 26.9k Hispanic or Latino residents (9.15%), 23.7k Two or More Races residents (8.04%), 20k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (6.79%), 14.3k Black or African American Alone residents (4.84%), 7.73k Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (2.62%), and 923 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.314%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Anchorage Municipality, AK are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

32

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

40

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.8

In 2017, the median age of all people in Anchorage Municipality, AK was 34. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 32, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 40. But people in Anchorage Municipality, AK are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Anchorage Municipality, AK residents was 33.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

10.7%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

10.3%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 10.7% of Anchorage Municipality, AK residents were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Anchorage Municipality, AK was 10.3%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Philippines

    14,937 ± 2,970 people

  2. Thailand

    5,227 ± 1,769 people

  3. Mexico

    2,916 ± 1,323 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Anchorage Municipality, AK was Philippines, the natal country of 14,937 Anchorage Municipality, AK residents, followed by Thailand with 5,227 and Mexico with 2,916.

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Citizenship

94.6%

2017 Citizenship

96.8%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 94.6% of Anchorage Municipality, AK residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Anchorage Municipality, AK was 96.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    170k ± 1.07k

  2. Asian Alone

    31.3k ± 1.91k

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    26.9k ± 4.55k

In 2017, there were 5.42 times more White Alone residents (170k people) in Anchorage Municipality, AK than any other race or ethnicity. There were 31.3k Asian Alone and 26.9k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Anchorage Municipality, AK as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Anchorage Municipality, AK citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.5%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Anchorage Municipality, AK was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Anchorage Municipality, AK are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Gulf War (2001-)

    8,646 ± 1,576

  2. Vietnam

    6,584 ± 1,187

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    6,018 ± 1,273

Anchorage Municipality, AK has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.31 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Anchorage Municipality, AK awarded 2,986 degrees. The student population of Anchorage Municipality, AK is skewed towards women, with 7,096 male students and 10,187 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Anchorage Municipality, AK are White (1,846 and 62.7%), followed by Two or More Races (231 and 7.85%), Asian (224 and 7.61%), and Hispanic or Latino (218 and 7.41%).

The largest universities in Anchorage Municipality, AK by number of degrees awarded are University of Alaska Anchorage (2,553 and 85.5%), Alaska Career College (297 and 9.95%), and Alaska Pacific University (136 and 4.55%).

The most popular majors in Anchorage Municipality, AK are Liberal Arts & Sciences (282 and 9.44%), General Business Administration & Management (144 and 4.82%), and Medical Assistant (143 and 4.79%).

The median tuition costs in Anchorage Municipality, AK are $19,900 for private four year colleges, and $5,936 and $19,628 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 79 degrees awarded

  2. 118 degrees awarded

  3. 82 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Anchorage Municipality, AK was General Psychology with 79 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Anchorage Municipality, AK according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 2,553 degrees awarded

  2. 297 degrees awarded

  3. 136 degrees awarded

$5,936

Median In-State Public

$19,900

Median Private

In 2016, the Anchorage Municipality, AK institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Alaska Anchorage with 2,553 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1,056

Degrees Awarded to Men

1,930

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 1,056 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Anchorage Municipality, AK, which is 0.547 times less than the 1,930 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,846 degrees awarded

  2. Two or More Races

    231 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    224 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Anchorage Municipality, AK were to White students. These 1,846 degrees mean that there were 7.99 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Two or More Races, with 231 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Anchorage Municipality, AK was $320,000 in 2017, which is 1.47 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $320,800 to $320,000, a 0.249% decrease. The homeownership rate in Anchorage Municipality, AK is 58.5%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Anchorage Municipality, AK have an average commute time of 18.4 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Anchorage Municipality, AK is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$79,166

Median Household Income

± $4,990

107k

Number of Households

± 5,462

In 2017, the median household income of the 107k households in Anchorage Municipality, AK declined from $79,166 from the previous year's value of $85,634.

The following chart displays the households in Anchorage Municipality, AK distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$320,000

2017 Median

± $8,181

$320,800

2016 Median

± $9,363

In 2017, the median property value in Anchorage Municipality, AK declined from to $320,000 from the previous year's value of $320,800.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Anchorage Municipality, AK compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Anchorage Municipality, AK the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Anchorage Municipality, AK distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Anchorage Municipality, AK the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

58.5%

2017 Homeownership

61.1%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 58.5% of the housing units in Anchorage Municipality, AK were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 61.1%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Anchorage Municipality, AK compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Anchorage Municipality, AK distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Anchorage Municipality, AK have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

18.4 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Anchorage Municipality, AK have a shorter commute time (18.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 1.65% of the workforce in Anchorage Municipality, AK have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    76.7%

  2. Carpooled

    10.9%

  3. Worked At Home

    3.6%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Anchorage Municipality, AK was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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