Although it's very beautiful, it's not utopia.
Like any city, Anchorage has it's pros and cons:
The scenery is incredibly beautiful.
Endless amount of walking trails to enjoy.
The summers are mild and 80 degree days in the Anchorage Bowl are scarce.
The winter scenery is breathtaking.
You're not too far away from seclusion.
You can leave some of the Lower 48 "behind" (not all, only some).
You're over 1,000 miles away from the northernmost point of the lower 48 (which can be a pro or con).
The high cost of living, although housing prices are still cheaper than New York, L.A., San Francisco and Seattle.
The crime rate is significantly above the national average (It can get crazy here sometimes, especially areas east of Downtown), which is concerning.
Let's face facts, there are more than just tourists who come to Alaska. The "shady element" come here to evade the Read More