Anchorage Real Estate Information
The Municipality of Anchorage, usually referred to as just Anchorage or the MOA, is by far the largest city in the state of Alaska. Anchorage has a population of approximately two hundred eighty thousand residents, with an additional eighty thousand residents living in the Metropolitan Statistical Area of Anchorage. Anchorage is technically a consolidated city-borough, and encompasses a fully forty percent of the state's population. Anchorage maintains an extremely high percentage of green space, as evidenced the five All-America City awards granted to Anchorage by the National Civic League. The current mayor of Anchorage is Matt Claman, and the city encompasses an area of just less than two thousand square miles.
Anchorage had a rather unique origin, at least as compared to the mining and fishing communities surrounding it. Anchorage became important because of its location at the site of a railroad construction port for the Alaska Railroad Company. Anchorage experienced additional growth in the middle portion of the twentieth century, fueled by the increasing presence of the military and airlines. The most recent growth spurt experienced by Anchorage was driven by the discovery of oil in Prudhoe Bay. Anchorage is situated in central southern Alaska, and is home to the extremely busy and important Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. Anchorage offers a number of artistic and cultural attractions for the benefit of residents and visitors alike, such as the Alaska Native Heritage Center, the Anchorage Aviation Heritage Museum, and the Alaska Museum of Natural History.
Anchorage also boasts three rather large municipal buildings intended for concerts and conventions – the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center, and the William E Egan Civic and Convention Center. The educational needs of Anchorage are met by a number of private and public institutions, including the Anchorage Public Schools and the University of Alaska at Anchorage. Anchorage is also home to the state's premier shopping and fine dining destinations in addition to numerous upscale suburbs and condominiums. Surprisingly, despite its large physical and demographic size, Anchorage is not the capital of Alaska, although it is arguably the cultural and social center of the Last Frontier.