These Are The 10 Happiest Places In Alaska

by Chris Kolmar
Rankings - 6 years ago

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There’s a search that we are all on that dwarfs our job or career search — the search for happiness.

And as we all know, where we live and the job we have can all play a big part in our overall sense of contentment and happiness. For that reason, we took a dive into a the most recent census data to help you identify which places in Alaska have the biggest smile of them all.

On our happy data journey, we settled on seven criteria to help determine which Alaska places are the happiest. The criteria include things like having insurance, owning a home, and having a job.

As it turns out, life is all rainbows and butterflies in Chena Ridge, the happiest place in Alaska.

Don’t start feeling sad, there’s plenty of happy to go around as life is still pretty sweet in the following “Happiest Places in the Last Frontier”:

  1. Chena Ridge
  2. Gateway
  3. Badger
  4. Kalifornsky
  5. Sterling
  6. Fishhook
  7. College
  8. Lakes
  9. Bethel
  10. Knik-Fairview

There’s Nothing We’d Rather Do Than Measure Happiness In The Last Frontier

There’s a bunch of different studies out there that try to measure what makes people truly happy. And while we all know that money doesn’t buy happiness, it definitely removes anxieties and helps keep you healthy. It’s just that anything past about $70,000 a year doesn’t help as much.

So what else besides money contributes to your happiness? Well we think the following certainly do:

  • Being well educated (Population with at least a bachelor’s degree)
  • Having a job (As measured by the unemployment rate)
  • A short commute to work (God do people hate traffic)
  • Low cost of living
  • Having a family (Getting, and staying married, has a ton of happiness benefits, on average)
  • Owning a home (That’s a big plus)
  • And the poverty rate (Money definitely helps out)

That’s a ton of fun — and happiness — for the whole family, backed by science. The data all comes from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey.

After we decided on the criteria, we gathered the data for the 16 places in Alaska with over 2,000 people.

We then ranked each place from one to 16 for each of the seven criteria with a score of one being the happiest (Any ties were given to the larger place).

Next, we averaged the seven rankings into a Happiness Index for each place with the lowest overall Index being crowned “Happiest Place In Alaska”.

Read on for more happy information about the top ten or skip to the end to see a list of how every places in Alaska ranked. Our apologies to Homer which ranked 11th overall and just missed the list.

1. Chena Ridge

Population: 5,671 People Who Own Their Home: 59.4%
Married Adults: 57.9%

2. Gateway

Population: 5,367 People Who Own Their Home: 77.8%
Married Adults: 59.1%

3. Badger

Population: 21,175 People Who Own Their Home: 70.0%
Married Adults: 55.9%

4. Kalifornsky

Population: 7,806 People Who Own Their Home: 62.7%
Married Adults: 62.0%

5. Sterling

Population: 5,748 People Who Own Their Home: 55.0%
Married Adults: 63.0%

6. Fishhook

Population: 5,015 People Who Own Their Home: 80.2%
Married Adults: 57.9%

7. College

Population: 14,568 People Who Own Their Home: 53.7%
Married Adults: 41.0%

8. Lakes

Population: 9,345 People Who Own Their Home: 73.4%
Married Adults: 56.5%

9. Bethel

Bethel, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,295People Who Own Their Home: 37.4%
Married Adults: 40.2%

10. Knik-Fairview

Population: 15,797 People Who Own Their Home: 71.9%
Married Adults: 52.8%

Detailed List Of Happiest Places In Alaska

City Rank Population People Who Own Their Home Married Adults
Chena Ridge 1 5,671 59.4% 57.9%
Gateway 2 5,367 77.8% 59.1%
Badger 3 21,175 70.0% 55.9%
Kalifornsky 4 7,806 62.7% 62.0%
Sterling 5 5,748 55.0% 63.0%
Fishhook 6 5,015 80.2% 57.9%
College 7 14,568 53.7% 41.0%
Lakes 8 9,345 73.4% 56.5%
Bethel 9 6,295 37.4% 40.2%
Knik-Fairview 10 15,797 71.9% 52.8%
Homer 11 5,229 49.5% 48.9%
Kodiak 12 6,280 47.3% 45.6%
Fairbanks 13 32,100 32.5% 44.9%
Meadow Lakes 14 7,139 65.7% 54.5%
Kenai 15 7,348 52.1% 47.2%
Ketchikan 16 8,173 41.0% 43.7%
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