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Anchorage, Alaska

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Welcome to Anchorage ...

The pronunciation of Anchorage: AYNG-kor-ij<1>

The coastal city of Anchorage is located at the head of Cook Inlet.

When the people of Anchorage refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use terms like Anchorageite or Anchoragite.<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2015, Anchorage has a population of 298,695 people<3> (see below for details).

Anchorage was established in 1914.

The community of Anchorage is 90 feet [27 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: Anchorage lies in the Alaskan Time Zone (AKST/AKDT) and observes daylight saving time

Anchorage is within the (907) area code.

The ZIP codes for Anchorage: 99501-99504, 99507-99524, 99599, 99695<5>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Anchorage had a population of 291,826 people.

The population of Anchorage represents 41.09% of the population of Alaska (which has 710,231 people), making it the state's most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 291,826 people, the population of Anchorage increased 12.12% from the 2000 Census (that had a count of 260,283 people).

Taken from the 2015 Census Estimates, Anchorage had an population of 298,695 people. This is an increase of 2.35% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 14.76% since the 2000 Census).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Anchorage.

Communities near Anchorage ...

The following is a sample of nearby communities. Please note that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance starting from Anchorage and not the distance if you are going to drive it.<6>.

Community   DirectionDistance
Big Lake   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
Chugiak   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
Eagle River   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
Fort Richardson   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
Hope   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
Indian   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]

To learn more about neighboring communities, please visit the Nearby Page for Anchorage.

Communities Also Named Anchorage ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 13 communities that are also named Anchorage - they are located in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland (2), Mississippi (2), New Jersey, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Anchorage.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections that should be of interest to those chasing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Anchorage. We make it easy to see an overhead view of the cemetery.
  • We have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Anchorage. Our list includes 57 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Anchorage:

Websites for Anchorage ...

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TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Anchorage ...

Looking for more information about Anchorage? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you get an overview with links that will help you to find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Anchorage, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information and a map of those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Tourism Map for Anchorage.

Search for Local Businesses ...

Google's 'Search-by-Location' has proven to be a useful tool by people who planned visits to this area. We have prepared the following searches to help you find businesses, travel and vacation activities that are in (or close to) Anchorage. It's likely that the search results won't include all of the businesses that are in this area, but the results should give you a good foundation for further searches.

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RestaurantsAuto RepairReal Estate
 RV RepairRentals
PharmacyAuto PartsChurches
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AttractionsMotorcycle Parts 
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Auto RentalChiropractors 
Auto LeasingVeterinarians 

Business Owners: To appear in the above search results, your business will need to be listed with the Google Places service. Please use the below link to learn about and register for the free service.

If you find an error or if your business wasn't included in the results, please contact Google to register your business or report an error. We simply link to 'Search-by-Location' and have no control over their results. Only a registered owner/operator can add their business or correct mistakes - we can not do it for you.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Anchorage. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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Footnotes ...

<1>The pronunciation we've provided is our attempt to give a phonetic pronunciation. While it might not be exactly right, it should be close. If we have it wrong or there's a better way to pronounce the name, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Anchorage refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Anchorage may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.

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<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Anchorage.

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<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Anchorage - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Anchorage). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Anchorage or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Anchorage includes: 99501, 99502, 99503, 99507, 99508, 99509, 99510, 99511, 99512, 99513, 99514, 99515, 99516, 99517, 99518, 99519, 99520, 99521, 99522, 99523, 99599 & 99695.

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<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance that stretches from Anchorage. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Anchorage) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Anchorage. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Anchorage

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Anchorage. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 61.2166, Longitude: -149.8669     [Map].

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<7>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Anchorage.


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