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:
- Mountain View
- Government Hill
- Russian Jack Park
- Airport Heights
- 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.
Median Income: $32,902
Median Home Value: $91,175
2. Mountain View
Median Income: $38,216
Median Home Value: $95,270
3. Government Hill
Median Income: $62,539
Median Home Value: $116,000
Median Income: $47,639
Median Home Value: $163,767
Median Income: $43,089
Median Home Value: $163,889
Median Income: $53,215
Median Home Value: $192,129
7. Russian Jack Park
Median Income: $53,636
Median Home Value: $189,325
8. Airport Heights
Median Income: $62,070
Median Home Value: $215,157
Median Income: $71,204
Median Home Value: $215,125
10. Campbell Park
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
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