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Welcome to Anchorage ...

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

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

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 2019, Anchorage has a population of 288,790 people<3> (see below for details).

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 located in the (907) area code.

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

The community of Anchorage was established in 1914.

Websites for Anchorage ...

Chamber of Commerce:

Although we don't have any websites that are specific to Anchorage, the following might be of interest:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Anchorage had an population of 288,790 people. This is a decrease of 1.04% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 10.95% since the 2000 Census).

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

The population of Anchorage represents 41.09% of the total 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 (which had a count of 260,283 people).

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

Communities Also Named Anchorage ...

Using our Gazetteer, we 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.

Communities near Anchorage ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Anchorage.

  • Fort Richardson
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    • Fort Richardson lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<6> to the northeast of Anchorage.
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  • Point MacKenzie
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    • Point MacKenzie lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<6> to the north of Anchorage.
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Point MacKenzie have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Eagle River
  • John Fitzgerald Kennedy City
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    • John Fitzgerald Kennedy City lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<6> to the north of Anchorage.
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for John Fitzgerald Kennedy City have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Knik
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    • Knik lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<6> to the north of Anchorage.
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Knik have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Chugiak
  • Indian
  • Big Lake
  • Hope
  • Knik - Fairview
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    • Knik - Fairview lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<6> to the north of Anchorage.
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To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Anchorage. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Anchorage.

We have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Anchorage. Our list includes 57 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Anchorage.

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 can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Anchorage, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Anchorage.

Adding Anchorage to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Anchorage in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Anchorage was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<9>

From that list, the Anchorage post office opened in 1914.

For more details, see References and Mentions for Anchorage.

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 for Anchorage. While it might not be exactly right, hopefully it will be close. If we have it wrong or there's a better way to pronounce the name, please contact us through our Feedback Page.
<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.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Anchorage.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Anchorage - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<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.
<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Anchorage) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Anchorage. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from AnchorageOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Anchorage. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 61.2166, Longitude: -149.8669    
<7>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<8>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<9>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:




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