These Are The 10 Most Ghetto Cities In Alaska

We looked at years of science and data to determine which places in AK are really ghetto.

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There are lots of people who throw the term ‘ghetto’ around. But where is the actual ghetto in Alaska?

How do you decide if a place is ghetto or not? You ask the internet. According to the Urban Dictionary, a ghetto is defined as:
“urban; of or relating to (inner) city life” and “poor; of or relating to the poor life.”

Using that criteria, it’s not hard to scrape the internet, run some scientific data on where ghettos might exist in a state, and then put out a list.

After analyzing all cities with a decent amount of people in them, we came up with this list as the most ghetto places in Alaska:

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

Read on below to see where your home town ranked and why. Or, if this is not up your alley, read about the most redneck towns in Alaska.


What ghetto criteria did we use for Alaska?

In order to rank the most ghetto places in Alaska, we had to determine what criteria defines a ghetto city or neighborhood.

Since a ghetto is defined as a poor area, we used income levels, crime, and education levels as a guide to determine where the most broke citizens in the Last Frontier live.

Additionally, the staples of inner city life include cheap and discounted retail outlets.

We started by making a list of every place in Alaska with more than 5,000 people based on the 2010-2014 American Community Survey. That left us with over 10 places in Alaska.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using Google Place data and FBI crime data in addition to the census, this is the criteria we used:

  • Household income levels
  • % Of adults without a high school diploma
  • Number of convenience stores
  • Number of drug stores
  • Number of discount stores
  • Crime

Note: For the sake of getting reliable numbers, we counted places within a 10 mile radius of a city’s center.

All of these results are listed in a per capita basis. Meaning number of stores per person in a city. Additionally, high school graduation rates are determined by looking at the total number of people who live in a city, not the current graduation rate of an area’s high schools.


1. Kenai

Kenai, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,348
Median Income: $62,088
Drug Stores: 6
Discount Stores: 0

2. Wasilla

Wasilla, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,406
Median Income: $62,622
Drug Stores: 1
Discount Stores: 1

3. Ketchikan

Ketchikan, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,173
Median Income: $52,765
Drug Stores: 4
Discount Stores: 1

4. Fairbanks

Fairbanks, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,100
Median Income: $55,778
Drug Stores: 9
Discount Stores: 2

5. Palmer

Palmer, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,250
Median Income: $60,365
Drug Stores: 4
Discount Stores: 3

6. Kodiak

Kodiak, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,280
Median Income: $62,292
Drug Stores: 2
Discount Stores: 0

7. Homer

Homer, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,229
Median Income: $54,778
Drug Stores: 2
Discount Stores: 0

8. Bethel

Bethel, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,295
Median Income: $78,190
Drug Stores: 0
Discount Stores: 0

9. Sitka

Sitka, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,957
Median Income: $69,635
Drug Stores: 2
Discount Stores: 0

10. Juneau

Juneau, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,200
Median Income: $84,750
Drug Stores: 2
Discount Stores: 2

There You Have It

If you’re measuring the locations in Alaska where there are a high number of poor and uneducated residents, and where there are a high number of discounted shopping stores, this is an accurate list.

Additionally, here are the least ghetto places in Alaska:

  1. Juneau
  2. Sitka
  3. Bethel

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Detailed List Of The Most Ghetto Cities In Alaska

City Rank Population Median Income Drug Stores Discount Stores
Kenai 1 7,348 $62,088 6 0
Wasilla 2 8,406 $62,622 1 1
Ketchikan 3 8,173 $52,765 4 1
Fairbanks 4 32,100 $55,778 9 2
Palmer 5 6,250 $60,365 4 3
Kodiak 6 6,280 $62,292 2 0
Homer 7 5,229 $54,778 2 0
Bethel 8 6,295 $78,190 0 0
Sitka 9 8,957 $69,635 2 0
Juneau 10 32,200 $84,750 2 2