These Are The 10 Most Successful Cities In Alaska

We looked at the data to determine where the best of the best are living in Alaska.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarRankings - 2 years ago

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What is success? Is it the amount of money you have in your bank account, at any given point? Is it that feeling you get after delivering a killer presentation, or even a pretty decent bar joke?

Or is it something bigger–something wholly unnamable, undefinable, immeasurable, and totally subjective?

Probably so.

But here at Zippia, we like things that we can neatly measure and then expound upon. So yes, with the Power of Math, we have determined the unarguable, totally objective 10 most successful cities in Alaska. And here they are:

  1. Juneau
  2. Anchorage
  3. Sitka
  4. Kodiak
  5. Bethel
  6. Homer
  7. Palmer
  8. Wasilla
  9. Kenai
  10. Ketchikan

If you are trying to argue already with our unarguable list, keep reading. There’s a method to this madness.

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How We Determined The Most Successful Cities In Alaska

The first thing that comes to most capitalist minds in terms of success is–money. After all, rich people must be successful, right?

Meh. Maybe. But we think there’s a bit more that goes into it than that. So we looked at this set of criteria from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey:




1. Juneau

Juneau, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,200Median Income: $84,750
Poverty Level: 6.2%
Unemployment Rate: 5.6%

2. Anchorage

Anchorage, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 298,178Median Income: $78,121
Poverty Level: 7.3%
Unemployment Rate: 6.9%

3. Sitka

Sitka, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,957Median Income: $69,635
Poverty Level: 8.1%
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%

4. Kodiak

Kodiak, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,280Median Income: $62,292
Poverty Level: 10.6%
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%

5. Bethel

Bethel, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,295Median Income: $78,190
Poverty Level: 11.3%
Unemployment Rate: 7.8%

6. Homer

Homer, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,229Median Income: $54,778
Poverty Level: 9.5%
Unemployment Rate: 7.1%

7. Palmer

Palmer, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,250Median Income: $60,365
Poverty Level: 9.4%
Unemployment Rate: 10.3%

8. Wasilla

Wasilla, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,406Median Income: $62,622
Poverty Level: 10.2%
Unemployment Rate: 10.6%

9. Kenai

Kenai, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,348Median Income: $62,088
Poverty Level: 11.9%
Unemployment Rate: 10.5%

10. Ketchikan

Ketchikan, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,173Median Income: $52,765
Poverty Level: 15.2%
Unemployment Rate: 10.3%

Measuring Success

If you’re still looking at this post thinking, “Surely, such superficial methods can’t possibly measure a city, or rather, the individuals that make up that city’s success!” well, you’re probably right.

But we like to measure things, and when it comes to success, we feel pretty successful in our approach. Congrats to Juneau and our winners. And for those who didn’t make the cut, well, better luck next year.

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Detailed List Of The Most Successful Cities In Alaska

Rank City Median Income Poverty Rate Unemployment Rate
1 Juneau $84,750 6.2% 5.6%
2 Anchorage $78,121 7.3% 6.9%
3 Sitka $69,635 8.1% 4.6%
4 Kodiak $62,292 10.6% 3.0%
5 Bethel $78,190 11.3% 7.8%
6 Homer $54,778 9.5% 7.1%
7 Palmer $60,365 9.4% 10.3%
8 Wasilla $62,622 10.2% 10.6%
9 Kenai $62,088 11.9% 10.5%
10 Ketchikan $52,765 15.2% 10.3%
11 Fairbanks $55,778 11.9% 11.5%

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