38 Facts About Anchorage Alaska


Anchorage Alaska first sent William Bligh to scout the north arm, where he met with the Dena'ina Natives of the Eklutna area, who told him the name of the Knik Arm and that it was not the Northwest Passage, but rather an outlet for two rivers.

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In 1888, gold was discovered along Turnagain Arm just south of modern-day Anchorage Alaska, leading to a new influx of prospectors, and small towns such as Spenard, Hope, Rainbow, Bird, Indian, and Girdwood began to spring up.

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Anchorage Alaska became an organized incorporated United States territory in 1912.

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Anchorage Alaska formed at a time when proponents of Prohibition were gaining traction, and as part of an effort to stem the flow of the alcohol trade, at the direction of President Woodrow Wilson and with the symmetry of the US Army, a town site was mapped out on higher ground to the south of the tent city, with the condition that a person's land could be repossessed if caught breaking the alcohol laws.

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Aviation operations in Anchorage Alaska commenced along the firebreak south of town, which residents used as a golf course.

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One of Anchorage Alaska's most affected residential areas, the Turnagain neighborhood, saw dozens of homes originally at 250 to 300 feet above sea level sink to sea level.

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Boroughs and census areas next to the Municipality of Anchorage Alaska are Matanuska-Susitna Borough to the north, Kenai Peninsula Borough to the south and Chugach Census Area to the east.

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Moose are a common sight; in the Anchorage Alaska Bowl, there is a summer population of approximately 250 moose, increasing to as many as 1, 000 during the winter.

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Anchorage Alaska has a subarctic climate but with strong maritime influences that lead to a relatively moderate climate.

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Anchorage Alaska has a frost-free growing season that averages slightly over 101 days.

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Port of Anchorage receives 95 percent of all goods destined for Alaska.

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The State of Alaska purchased the Bank of America Center to house most of its offices, after several decades of leasing space in the McKay Building (now the McKinley Tower) and later the Frontier Building.

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Many companies who provide oilfield support services are likewise headquartered outside of Anchorage Alaska but maintain a substantial presence in the city, most notably Arctic Slope Regional Corporation and CH2M Hill.

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Four small airlines, Alaska Central Express, Era Aviation, Hageland Aviation Services, and PenAir, are headquartered in Anchorage.

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City of Anchorage Alaska provides three municipal facilities large enough to hold major events such as concerts, trade shows and conventions.

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Anchorage Alaska is home to the Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Races, a three-day dog sled sprint event consisting of three timed races of 25.

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The Aces were very successful during their time in Anchorage Alaska, claiming three league titles, four conference championships, and eight division championship during their 29-year history.

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University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolves are a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

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Anchorage Alaska is the finish line for the Sadler's Ultra Challenge wheelchair race.

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Anchorage Alaska is a premier cross-country skiing city, in terms of density of groomed trails within the urban core.

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The Tour of Anchorage Alaska is an annual 50-kilometer ski race within the city.

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Since then, the area encompassing Downtown Anchorage Alaska and surrounding neighborhoods has served as the city's single-member section.

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Anchorage Alaska generally leans toward Republican candidates in both state and presidential elections.

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In 2018, Anchorage Alaska began conducting municipal elections by mail and had the highest voter turnout in the city's history.

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When compared with U S cities of similar size, Anchorage has a slightly higher rate of violent crime and a slightly lower rate of property crime.

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Anchorage Alaska Natives are victimized at a much higher rate than their representation in the population.

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Public education in all of Anchorage Alaska municipality, including Eagle River, Chugiak, Fort Richardson and Elmendorf Air Force Base, is managed by the Anchorage Alaska School District, the 87th largest district in the United States, with nearly 50, 000 students attending 98 schools.

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The University of Anchorage Alaska Fairbanks has a small Center for Distance Education downtown.

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Ninety percent of Anchorage Alaska's adults have high-school diplomas, 65 percent have attended one to three years of college, and 17 percent hold advanced degrees.

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Anchorage Alaska has the most ethnically diverse schools in the United States, including the three most diverse high schools, the three most diverse middle schools, and the 19 most diverse elementary schools.

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Anchorage Alaska's leading newspaper is the Anchorage Alaska Daily News, a citywide daily newspaper.

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Anchorage Alaska is one hour behind the Pacific Time Zone, and receives the same network feed as the West Coast.

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Providence Health System has a history of serving Anchorage Alaska, beginning when the Sisters of Providence of Montreal first brought health care to Nome in 1902.

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Anchorage Alaska Regional has expanded services and in 1994, Anchorage Alaska Regional joined with HCA, one of the nation's largest healthcare providers.

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Electric power in the Anchorage Alaska area is provided by Chugach Electric Association, a nonprofit, member-owned cooperative founded in 1948.

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Anchorage Alaska has a bus system called People Mover, with a hub downtown and satellite hubs at Dimond Center and Muldoon Mall.

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Anchorage Alaska Railroad offers year-round freight service along the length of its rail system between Seward, Fairbanks (the northern terminus of the system), and Whittier (a deep water, ice-free port).

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Anchorage Alaska is conducting a feasibility study on a commuter rail and light rail system.

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