Things to do
When you hear the name Anchorage, do you picture snow? Do you think of the northern lights? Do you think of open skies, land, and quiet? You’re not too far off the mark, but there is a lot more to Anchorage. According to weatherspark, the snow falls around 6.5 months of the year but there are clear, dry, and perfect seasons, too! In addition to the four seasons, you CAN see the northern lights, or the aurora borealis, but only during September to April, with the clear nights.
According to an 1880 census, there were once just 430 non-natives living in Anchorage. The Gold Rush of 1898 changed a lot of places in the west, including Anchorage. It was recorded there were 40,000 non-natives living in Anchorage. It was around 1915 when Congress authorized a railroad to be built and people flocked to take advantage of the labor. However, it wasn’t until 1935 when a program called the New Deal was extended by Congress to choose families from three northern states due to it being cold and it was thought they could survive winters in Anchorage.
Things to do in Anchorage
Things to do in Anchorage
Also, there are even more things to do in Anchorage: day cruises from one of three ports (Whittier, Seward, or Portage). See glaciers, marine wildlife, and coastal scenery. You can drive to see the Matanuska Glacier. You can also climb the ice, go rafting in the river, or even fly through the air on Alaska’s fastest zip-line (calling all adrenaline junkies). One last one (but there is lots more to see and do) is taking a scenic flight, where you can spend anywhere between 2-6 hours to watch bears. That’s right, you can actually watch them because they are so focused on fattening up for winter that they pay no mind to humans. But, like with all animals, always be careful.
During World War II, things changed drastically for Anchorage. It soon became the largest city in Alaska. About 300,000 military men and personnel moved in and formed two bases or forts: Elmendorf and Fort Richardson. Today, you can see military jets and trainers in the area. The name Anchorage came because the land created an anchorage for the ships to drop anchor and unload. It was during 1910 that the town’s name was actually Knik Anchorage and it was during 1915 that the United State Postal Service dropped the first part of the name.
Anchorage is a great place to live. During the 2022 census, Anchorage’s population was recorded as 280,437, but it has gone down since 2010 (it was recorded as being 291,826). Every city fluctuates during the years for various reasons. But don’t let that stop you from moving to Anchorage. In fact, real estate may be in its prime right now for that very reason.
Arts in Anchorage
Arts in Anchorage
And, if you’re looking for arts or entertainment, look no further than Anchorage. Here, you will find: art galleries, concert venues, creative performances and displays, bands playing in parks, interactive outdoor exhibits, and drive-in comedy shows.
Schools in Anchorage
Schools in Anchorage
Are you curious about what kind of education your child can get in Anchorage? Look no further. Here is a list of Anchorage’s top three elementary, middle, and high schools. Eagle Academy Charter School is located in Eagle River, AK and it’s #1 in the Anchorage School District. It serves a grade level between Kindergarten and 6th with 176 students and a 20:1 student teacher ratio. Bayshore Elementary is located in Anchorage, AK, and it’s #2 in the Anchorage School District. It serves a grade level between Pre-kindergarten through 6th, with 443 students and a 17:1 student teacher ratio. Aurora Elementary is located in Jber, AK, and it’s #3 in the Anchorage School District. It serves a grade level between Pre-kindergarten through 6th, with 317 students and a 16:1 student teacher ratio. There are two out of three middle schools, where children start at the PK or K level and continue to the eighth grade. Northern Lights ABC K-8 school is located in Anchorage, and it is #1 in the Anchorage School District. It serves a grade level between Pre-kindergarten and 8th grade, with 620 students and a 21:1 student teacher ratio. Steller Secondary School is located in Anchorage, and it is #2 in the Anchorage School District. It serves a grade level between 7th and twelfth grade, with 286 students, with a 18:1 student teacher ratio. Rilke Schule Charter School is #3 in the Anchorage School District. It serves a grade level between Kindergarten and eighth grade, with 503 students, with a 17:1 student teacher ratio. The smaller classes are a huge plus when looking for schools. That indicates more of a teacher being able to focus on any child that has learning challenges. High schools in Anchorage are different from the elementary and middle schools. We really like that they give you the graduation rate. South Anchorage High School, located in Anchorage, is #1 in Anchorage School District with a 95% graduation rate and 1,334 students. Polaris K-12 School actually has all of the grades. It’s #2 in the Anchorage School District with a 100% graduation rate and 136 students. Eagle River High School is #3 in the Anchorage School District, with a 93% graduation rate and 834 students.
Anchorage is an epic, extraordinary and daring place to live. It has a lot of things to do for everyone on your list. When you run out of things to see and do in Anchorage, there are a lot more cities nearby. Anchorage has jaw-dropping scenery, too, as well as the northern lights. You won’t be disappointed when moving to Anchorage.
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