2010: 291,826, #64 in U.S., #1 in Alaska

1950: 11,254

2010 Metropolitan Area: 380,821, #133 in U.S.

In 1975, the City of Anchorage and Borough of Anchorage were consolidated into the Municipality of Anchorage, creating the largest city (in square miles) in the United States. As a result, the population jumped from 48,081 in the 1970 census to 174,431 in the 1980 census.


Anchorage was founded in 1914 as a railroad construction port for the Alaska Railroad. It is bounded on the west by Cook Inlet of the Gulf of Alaska and on the east by the Chugach Mountains.


Tallest Building: Conoco-Phillips Building, 296 feet (1983)

List of tallest buildings


The enclosed 5th Avenue Mall (1987) in downtown Anchorage has a J. C. Penney. The Nordstrom store closed in September 2019.


There is no Amtrak service in Alaska, but the Alaska Railroad has daily trains in the summer from the Anchorage station (1942) to Fairbanks, Whittier, and Seward. In the winter, there is weekly service to Fairbanks. 




Anchorage and Chugach Mountains


The Anchorage Museum is located downtown.


Downtown Anchorage no first-run movie theaters. The Alaska Center for the Performing Arts (1989) hosts the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra, the Anchorage Opera, and touring Broadway shows.


Alaska has no professional baseball, but it does have the Alaska Baseball League, a summer college league.

Map of Downtown Anchorage

Anchorage Convention and Visitors Bureau