These Are The 10 Best Cities In Alaska For Jobs In 2017

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by Chris Kolmar
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If you’re starting to look for a job in Alaska, you’ve come to the right place.

You might think off the top of your head that Juneau would be an excellent place to find a job. And while it does offer many opportunities, it isn’t the best in the state according to the data.

Here at Zippia, we aim to answer questions like this using cold hard facts and analysis. So we set our sights on determining the best place in Alaska to find a job.

After analyzing all 23 plus places in Alaska, we came up with this list as the best places for jobs in the Last Frontier:

  1. Cordova
  2. Unalaska
  3. Juneau
  4. Sitka
  5. Anchorage
  6. North Pole
  7. Kodiak
  8. Bethel
  9. Valdez
  10. Soldotna

If you live in one of these cities, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.

But for the rest of you — read on to learn how we calculated this ranking and why these cities rank so high.

Or for more Alaska job information, check out:

How We Determined The Best Cities In Alaska For Jobs

In order to properly compare places, we set a minimum population threshold of 5,000 people.

After getting the data for about 46 places in AK, the population requirement cut out list down to 23 places.

We then ranked each place across a number of criteria from one to 23, with one being the best.

We took the average rank across all criteria, with the place posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title “Best Place For Jobs In Alaska”.

The criteria we looked at were:

  • Unemployment rate
  • Median household income
  • Poverty Level

The source of the criteria was the Census’s American Community Survey.

If your city or town isn’t among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart.

Otherwise, learn how these cities got to their executive suite status.

1. Cordova

Cordova, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,637Unemployment Rank: 4
Median Income Rank: 2
Poverty Level Rank: 1

2. Unalaska

Unalaska, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,536Unemployment Rank: 1
Median Income Rank: 4
Poverty Level Rank: 7

3. Juneau

Juneau, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,200Unemployment Rank: 6
Median Income Rank: 5
Poverty Level Rank: 3

4. Sitka

Sitka, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,957Unemployment Rank: 5
Median Income Rank: 10
Poverty Level Rank: 6

5. Anchorage

Anchorage, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 298,178Unemployment Rank: 8
Median Income Rank: 8
Poverty Level Rank: 5

6. North Pole

North Pole, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,153Unemployment Rank: 3
Median Income Rank: 12
Poverty Level Rank: 11

7. Kodiak

Kodiak, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,280Unemployment Rank: 2
Median Income Rank: 15
Poverty Level Rank: 14

8. Bethel

Bethel, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,295Unemployment Rank: 10
Median Income Rank: 7
Poverty Level Rank: 15

9. Valdez

Valdez, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,002Unemployment Rank: 12
Median Income Rank: 1
Poverty Level Rank: 19

10. Soldotna

Soldotna, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,345Unemployment Rank: 19
Median Income Rank: 13
Poverty Level Rank: 2

Landing The Right Place For A Job

The best places for jobs in Alaska have one major common attribute — they are all close to major sources of jobs. These places use their geographic proximity to big cities and major employers to their advantage.

It also means that the American dream of a house in the burbs is also alive and well when it comes to finding a great place to have a job.

If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to find a job Alaska:

  1. Houston
  2. Ketchikan
  3. Fairbanks

Detailed List Of The Best Places For Jobs In Alaska

Rank City Population Unemployment Rank Income Rank Poverty Rank
1 Cordova 2,637 4 2 1
2 Unalaska 4,536 1 4 7
3 Juneau 32,200 6 5 3
4 Sitka 8,957 5 10 6
5 Anchorage 298,178 8 8 5
6 North Pole 2,153 3 12 11
7 Kodiak 6,280 2 15 14
8 Bethel 6,295 10 7 15
9 Valdez 4,002 12 1 19
10 Soldotna 4,345 19 13 2
11 Nome 3,745 15 9 12
12 Seward 2,646 11 22 4
13 Homer 5,229 9 19 10
14 Wrangell 2,383 7 23 8
15 Palmer 6,250 14 17 9
16 Dillingham 2,255 13 11 20
17 Kotzebue 3,273 21 3 21
18 Barrow 4,296 22 6 17
19 Wasilla 8,406 18 14 13
20 Kenai 7,348 17 16 18
21 Fairbanks 32,100 20 18 16
22 Ketchikan 8,173 16 20 23
23 Houston 2,058 23 21 22