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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Worst Neighborhoods In Anchorage

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 places don’t quite measure up to Anchorage’s reputation.

Here are the 10 worst neighborhoods in Anchorage according to data:

  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.

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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.

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

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

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