Anchorage, AK

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Population

400,888

0.415% decline

Median Age

34.3


Median Household Income

$76,871

6.49% decline

Poverty Rate

8.54%


Number of Employees

193,326

2.33% decline

Median Property Value

$298,100

0.534% decline

About

In 2017, Anchorage, AK had a population of 401k people with a median age of 34.3 and a median household income of $76,871. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Anchorage, AK declined from 402,557 to 400,888, a -0.415% decrease and its median household income declined from $82,203 to $76,871, a -6.49% decrease.

The population of Anchorage, AK is 63.3% White Alone, 8.18% Asian Alone, and 8.02% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Anchorage, AK speak a non-English language, and 95.7% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Anchorage, 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, AK is $298,100, and the homeownership rate is 62.6%. Most people in Anchorage, AK commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 21.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Anchorage, AK is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Anchorage, AK employs 193k people. The largest industries in Anchorage, AK are Health Care & Social Assistance (31,625 people), Retail Trade (23,433 people), and Public Administration (19,554 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($101,489), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($86,806), and Utilities ($84,297).

Median household income in Anchorage, AK is $76,871. Males in Anchorage, 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, AK (measured using the Gini index) is 0.445, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$76,871

2017 value

± $4,516

-6.49%

1 Year Growth

± 6.94%

Households in Anchorage, AK have a median annual income of $76,871, 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 $82,203 in 2016, which represents a -6.49% 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 Alaska 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 Alaska 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, 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.

This chart shows the number of workers in Alaska across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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In 2017, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Anchorage, AK was Anchorage Municipality, AK with a value of $79,166, followed by Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK and Matanuska-Susitna Borough, AK, with respective values of $76,747 and $69,121.

The following map shows all of the counties in Anchorage, 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

8.54% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Anchorage, AK (33.3k out of 390k 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

    17,111 ± 890

  2. Native American

    4,012 ± 443

  3. Asian

    3,724 ± 516

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

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

193k

2017 Value

± 7,542

-2.33%

1 Year decline

± 5.48%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Anchorage, AK declined at a rate of -2.33%, from 198k employees to 193k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Anchorage, AK, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (28,830 people), Management Occupations (19,953 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (18,476 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Anchorage, AK.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Anchorage, AK, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (28,830 people), Management Occupations (19,953 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (18,476 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Anchorage, AK has an unusually high number of residents working as Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.51 times higher than expected), Community & Social Service Occupations (1.49 times), and Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (1.48 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Anchorage, AK, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($100,632), Legal Occupations ($84,227), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($80,923).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

193k

2017 Value

± 7,542

-2.33%

1 Year decline

± 5.48%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Anchorage, AK declined at a rate of -2.33%, from 198k employees to 193k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Anchorage, AK, are Health Care & Social Assistance (31,625 people), Retail Trade (23,433 people), and Public Administration (19,554 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Anchorage, AK, though some of these residents may live in Anchorage, 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, AK, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (31,625 people), Retail Trade (23,433 people), and Public Administration (19,554 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Anchorage, AK has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (5.57 times higher than expected), Management of Companies & Enterprises (3.56 times), and Public Administration (2.23 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Anchorage, AK, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($101,489), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($86,806), and Utilities ($84,297).

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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 ($4.7B) and Fuel oils ($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

87.8% of the population of Anchorage, AK has health coverage, with 43.5% on employee plans, 17.9% on Medicaid, 6.09% on Medicare, 13.9% on non-group plans, and 6.44% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Anchorage, AK see 1131 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.25% decrease from the previous year (1157 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1045 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 281 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

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1,131 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Alaska see an average of 1,131 patients per year. This represents a 2.25% decrease from the previous year (1,157 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Alaska in comparison to neighboring states.

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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%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

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%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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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

12.2%

Uninsured

43.5%

Employer Coverage

17.9%

Medicaid

6.09%

Medicare

13.9%

Non-Group

6.44%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Anchorage, AK grew by 3.38% from 11.8% to 12.2%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Anchorage, AK changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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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, AK is home to a population of 401k people, from which 95.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 8.69% of Anchorage, AK residents were born outside of the country (34.8k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Anchorage, AK is composed of 254k White Alone residents (63.3%), 32.8k Asian Alone residents (8.18%), 32.2k Hispanic or Latino residents (8.02%), 31.1k Two or More Races residents (7.77%), 26.4k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (6.58%), 15.7k Black or African American Alone residents (3.91%), 7.87k Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (1.96%), and 937 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.234%).

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

Age

Age by Nativity

33

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

41

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 3.3

In 2017, the median age of all people in Anchorage, AK was 34.3. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 33, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 41. But people in Anchorage, AK are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Anchorage, AK residents was 33.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

8.69%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

34.8k people

8.46%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

34k people

As of 2017, 8.69% of Anchorage, AK residents (34.8k people) 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, AK was 8.46%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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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 Alaska was Philippines, the natal country of 14,937 Alaska residents, followed by Thailand with 5,227 and Mexico with 2,916.

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Citizenship

95.7%

2017 Citizenship

97.2%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 95.7% of Anchorage, AK residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Anchorage, AK was 97.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    254k ± 1.07k

  2. Asian Alone

    32.8k ± 1.95k

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    32.2k ± 4.57k

In 2017, there were 7.75 times more White Alone residents (254k people) in Anchorage, AK than any other race or ethnicity. There were 32.8k Asian Alone and 32.2k 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, 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, AK citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Anchorage, AK was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Anchorage, 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-)

    11,122 ± 1,643

  2. Vietnam

    9,605 ± 1,247

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    8,539 ± 1,341

Anchorage, AK has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.16 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Anchorage, AK awarded 2,996 degrees. The student population of Anchorage, AK is skewed towards women, with 7,130 male students and 10,203 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Anchorage, AK are White (1,854 and 62.8%), followed by Two or More Races (231 and 7.83%), Asian (224 and 7.59%), and Hispanic or Latino (218 and 7.38%).

The largest universities in Anchorage, AK by number of degrees awarded are University of Alaska Anchorage (2,553 and 85.2%), Alaska Career College (297 and 9.91%), and Alaska Pacific University (136 and 4.54%).

The most popular majors in Anchorage, AK are Liberal Arts & Sciences (282 and 9.41%), General Business Administration & Management (144 and 4.81%), and Medical Assistant (143 and 4.77%).

The median tuition costs in Anchorage, AK are $14,450 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, AK was General Psychology with 79 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Anchorage, 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

$14,450

Median Private

In 2016, the Anchorage, 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

1,060

Degrees Awarded to Men

1,936

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 1,060 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Anchorage, AK, which is 0.548 times less than the 1,936 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Anchorage, AK by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,854 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, AK were to White students. These 1,854 degrees mean that there were 8.03 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, AK was $298,100 in 2017, which is 1.37 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $299,700 to $298,100, a 0.534% decrease. The homeownership rate in Anchorage, AK is 62.6%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Anchorage, AK have an average commute time of 21.6 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Anchorage, AK is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.

$76,871

Median Household Income

± $4,516

137k

Number of Households

± 5,691

In 2017, the median household income of the 137k households in Anchorage, AK declined from $76,871 from the previous year's value of $82,203.

The following chart displays the households in Anchorage, 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

$298,100

2017 Median

± $7,274

$299,700

2016 Median

± $7,845

In 2017, the median property value in Anchorage, AK declined from to $298,100 from the previous year's value of $299,700.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Anchorage, 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, 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, AK distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Anchorage, AK the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

62.6%

2017 Homeownership

64.5%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 62.6% of the housing units in Anchorage, AK were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 64.5%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Anchorage, 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, AK distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Anchorage, AK have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

21.6 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Anchorage, AK have a shorter commute time (21.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 2.65% of the workforce in Anchorage, AK have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    76.4%

  2. Carpooled

    10.5%

  3. Worked At Home

    4.27%

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

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