These Are The 10 Worst Neighborhoods In Anchorage For 2018


We used data and science to identify the neighborhoods in Anchorage that are the real pits.

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Anchorage’s neighborhoods conjure up too many stereotypes to count. You’ve got hipster areas, preppy places, neighborhoods where college kids thrive, and of course, ghettos.

It seems as if there’s a neighborhood for everyone in Anchorage.

And while the city consistently ranks as one of the best places to live in the country thanks in part to a strong economy and tons of entertainment, it’s not all rainbows and sunshine in Anchorage. Some neighborhoods aren’t as great as others.

So the question arises, which Anchorage neighborhoods are the worst, and which are the best?

Today, we’ll use science and data to determine which Anchorage hoods need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Anchorage area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the neighborhoods to be amazing, although Hillside East ranks way above the rest.

We examined 36 of Anchorage’s neighborhoods to find out the worst places to live. These ten places don’t quite measure up to Anchorage’s reputation:

  1. Downtown
  2. Mountain View
  3. Government Hill
  4. Midtown
  5. Fairview
  6. Spenard
  7. Russian Jack Park
  8. Airport Heights
  9. Taku-Campbell
  10. Campbell Park

Read on to see how we determined the places around Anchorage that need a pick-me-up. And remember, don’t blame the messenger.

Once you’re done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from worst to best.

And if you’re looking for something more national, check out the worst cities in America or the most dangerous cities in America.

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How we determined the worst Anchorage hoods

To figure out how bad a place is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what places have the least amount of those things. We threw the following criteria into this analysis in order to get the best, most complete results possible. We used this set of criteria for each neighborhood in Anchorage:

  • High unemployment (Less jobs)
  • Low median income (Less pay)
  • Low population density (No things to do)
  • Low home values (No one’s willing to pay to live here)
  • High crime (Estimated)

Then, we ranked each neighborhood in Anchorage for each of these criteria from worst to best.

Next, we averaged the individual rankings for each criteria into a “Worst Score”.

The neighborhood with the lowest “Worst Score” ranks as the worst neighborhood of Anchorage.

Read on below to learn more about these terrible places around Anchorage to live. Or skip to the end to see the list of all 36 neighborhoods ranked from worst to best.

This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased. Hold on to your pants.

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1. Downtown

Population: 1,196
Median Income: $32,902
Median Home Value: $91,175

2. Mountain View

Population: 7,980
Median Income: $38,216
Median Home Value: $95,270

3. Government Hill

Population: 1,394
Median Income: $62,539
Median Home Value: $116,000

4. Midtown

Population: 5,181
Median Income: $47,639
Median Home Value: $163,767

5. Fairview

Population: 7,272
Median Income: $43,089
Median Home Value: $163,889

6. Spenard

Population: 12,108
Median Income: $53,215
Median Home Value: $192,129

7. Russian Jack Park

Population: 11,648
Median Income: $53,636
Median Home Value: $189,325

8. Airport Heights

Population: 6,924
Median Income: $62,070
Median Home Value: $215,157

9. Taku-Campbell

Population: 13,010
Median Income: $71,204
Median Home Value: $215,125

10. Campbell Park

Population: 8,505
Median Income: $66,541
Median Home Value: $194,540

The ‘hoods around Anchorage that are really hoods

Well there you have it — the worst of the neighborhoods in Anchorage with Downtown landing at the bottom of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Anchorage aren’t all bad. Hillside East takes the cake as the best place to live in Anchorage.

We ranked the neighborhoods from worst to best in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Worst Anchorage Neighborhoods

Neighborhood Rank Population Median Income Median Home Values
Downtown 1 1,196 $32,902 $91,175
Mountain View 2 7,980 $38,216 $95,270
Government Hill 3 1,394 $62,539 $116,000
Midtown 4 5,181 $47,639 $163,767
Fairview 5 7,272 $43,089 $163,889
Spenard 6 12,108 $53,215 $192,129
Russian Jack Park 7 11,648 $53,636 $189,325
Airport Heights 8 6,924 $62,070 $215,157
Taku-Campbell 9 13,010 $71,204 $215,125
Campbell Park 10 8,505 $66,541 $194,540
Northeast 11 27,664 $73,331 $214,695
University Area 12 10,592 $59,835 $257,967
Eklutna Valley 13 126 $106,042 $329,200
North Star 14 3,460 $67,410 $219,325
Eagle River 15 10,235 $90,926 $278,662
Sand Lake 16 20,850 $86,728 $268,022
Turnagain Arm 17 663 $81,535 $440,667
Abbott Loop 18 25,934 $88,362 $267,853
Girdwood 19 631 $87,392 $455,900
Bayshore-Klatt 20 8,538 $89,962 $272,967
Chugiak 21 4,725 $92,164 $353,275
Scenic Foothills 22 9,112 $93,076 $253,583
Old Seward-Oceanview 23 6,318 $107,738 $314,540
Turnagain 24 9,693 $82,887 $279,485
Birchwood 25 2,117 $105,269 $320,700
Eagle River Valley 26 11,662 $112,756 $335,257
Portage Valley 27 250 $83,750 $603,700
Tudor Area 28 1,843 $86,338 $338,350
Rogers Park 29 3,375 $93,587 $334,450
Bear Valley 30 262 $107,375 $380,200
Mid-Hillside 31 4,748 $147,807 $435,300
South Fork 32 217 $132,917 $441,200
Rabbit Creek 33 6,487 $148,635 $493,267
South Addition 34 3,708 $84,877 $394,771
Huffman-O’Malley 35 10,664 $151,468 $397,929
Hillside East 36 161 $163,611 $590,100

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