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Anchorage, Alaska at a Glance
Anchorage is an urban enclave surrounded by wilderness. Within a few miles of downtown, you can encounter scenes wilder than you'll find in most national parks: wolf packs roaming through a park, rushing mountain streams, and city parks vast enough to forget which century you live in. Anchorage is a place where adventure and city life go together. The wild-at-heart have the freedom to explore, while those who like to stick close to home can enjoy the conveniences of urban life. It’s a place where adventure and sophistication live in perfect harmony, a destination that offers the best of all worlds. Anchorage uniquely combines the conveniences of the modern world with a rugged, natural environment that has all but vanished from populated regions of the world. You can take a short flight to see some of the most beautiful mountain scenery on earth, then be back for fresh seafood at a popular restaurant.
You can go bike riding on the many miles of trails before work and fishing in the world class rivers and streams. The sun almost never sets in the summer. Then sit down to a meal at a world-class restaurant and cap the evening off with a Broadway show. Alaska’s largest city offers all the conveniences of urban life without compromising on solitude, adventure, and open spaces. Living in Anchorage is a wonderful life.
In Anchorage, people not only play hard, but they work hard too. The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and strong. That translates into plenty of opportunity for everyone. Anchorage may be considered a small city in numbers of people, but it is a big economic contender in the cargo, transportation, and oil industries. Nearly 20 years of uninterrupted growth have brought abundant jobs in construction, tourism, healthcare, oil and retail. Because Anchorage has a vested interest in both developing young minds and retaining seasoned veterans, you’re bound to find a place just right for you.
When it comes to the weather, is it a city of ice and darkness? No! Winters aren’t as bad as myth would have it. Anchorage actually has a warmer climate than other cold-weather cities like Chicago and Minneapolis because it’s on the ocean. With an ice skating rink in the heart of the city and groomed ski trails readily accessible, winter is a wonderland, especially for kids. Summers speak for themselves. Fishing, hiking, biking, swimming, scenic driving, and abundant wildlife… what better place to live and raise a family!