How Safe Is Anchorage for Travel?

Anchorage, United States
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Anchorage is the largest city in Alaska, located in the Southcentral region.

Anchorage is a port city with a population of over 300,000.

Travelers can visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center to familiarize themself with traditional crafts and dances, as well as see copies of dwellings erected by local tribes of Indians, Eskimos, and Aleuts.

Anchorage is the starting point for visiting the nearby mountains and undeveloped areas, including Chugach, Kenai, and Talkeetna.

In this city, you can see and touch the real northern nature, see moose and bears, ride a dog sled, and admire the Northern Lights from September through April.

Warnings & Dangers in Anchorage

Overall Risk


Anchorage has a reasonably high crime index and is most often associated with drugs. Do not walk in the outskirts of the city and do not leave valuables in the car. Use common sense when moving around the town.

Transport & Taxis Risk


Getting around by public transport is quite safe in Anchorage. You need to monitor your pockets; pickpockets are possible in crowded vehicles. Taxis are entirely secure. It is convenient to order by phone or from online applications on your smartphone.

Pickpockets Risk


The risk of picketing is quite low in the city. Most likely, your pockets will try to be cleaned only in crowded vehicles or in tourist places. Usually, these are people who are ready for anything for a new dose of drugs. Be careful and keep values in your field of vision.

Natural Disasters Risk


Anchorage has a relatively high risk of earthquakes, one of the highest in Alaska. Also, the city may suffer from sudden tornadoes, but not too strong. You should also take into account low air temperatures in the winter season, and significantly warmed, the risk of frostbite is high.

Mugging Risk


The risk of armed robbery is very high because drug gangs are operating in the city, sometimes local people can take criminal actions to get additional funds for a new dose. Avoid walking around the city late at night, especially in dangerous areas. If you were attacked for extortion - give what you require and then contact the police.

Terrorism Risk


A significant attack in Anchorage is considered unlikely, but the consequences of a major incident could be catastrophic. You should be aware of your surroundings, move or leave if you feel uncomfortable or if something does not seem right, do not leave luggage unattended and be mindful of federal threat levels.

Scams Risk


Fraud is most often found here by email, illegal deception of personal data. Tourists are unlikely to encounter such a scam. It is worth fearing scamming in ATM, use only machines at banks.

Women Travelers Risk


Anchorage is safe enough for women traveling alone. However, do not forget about common sense. It is not recommended to stay on the streets late at night alone, and dysfunctional areas should also be avoided. Otherwise, there will be no problems for women in this city during the trip.

So... How Safe Is Anchorage Really?

Despite its beauty, Anchorage has a reasonably high crime rate.

The main problems here are connected with the use and sale of drugs, and robberies with burglary, theft of property, and car thefts already follow from this.

Certain areas in the northeast of the city (Mountain View, north of the Glenn Highway and east of Merrill Field airport) and central (Fairview, 6th to 15th Avenue, east of Ingra) have higher crime than other spots.

You are more likely to be a victim of crimes of opportunity. However, most violent crimes in Anchorage are usually domestic disputes.

The problem with breaking and stealing cars is so significant that tourists are strongly advised not to leave valuables in the vehicle, always lock it and park it in well-guarded parking lots.

Areas around the airport like Spenard are known for increased drug activity and prostitution.

You should stay a good distance away from the moose.

Although they may appear harmless, they can and will protect their young ones from people, and can charge if they feel cornered or threatened.

Never approach them, as they are best viewed from a distance.

Otherwise, if you adhere to general security measures, do not mess with drug dealers and do not walk in unsafe areas alone, you will not encounter big problems in this city.

How Does Anchorage Compare?

CitySafety Index
Washington DC56
New York City67
Calgary (Canada)82
Buenos Aires (Argentina)60
Vancouver (Canada)82

Useful Information

  • Visas - Visitors to the United States must obtain a visa from one of the United States diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa-exempt countries or Visa Waiver Program countries. A valid passport is a must.
  • Currency - The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States and its territories. It has a sign: $ and code: USD. It referred to as the dollar, U.S. dollar, or American dollar. One dollar is divided into 100 cents, symbol: ¢.
  • Weather - The best times to visit Anchorage for ideal weather are from June to September. The average temperatures in Anchorage vary drastically. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for most of the year with a low chance of precipitation most of the year.
  • Airports - Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport is a major airport in the U.S. state of Alaska, located 8 km southwest of downtown Anchorage. Roughly fifty destinations are accessible from ANC via nonstop or direct flights, including destinations in 14 U.S. states and the countries of Canada, Germany, Iceland, and Russia.
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Anchorage Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan -8° C
Feb -6° C
Mar -4° C
Apr 3° C
May 9° C
Jun 13° C
Jul 15° C
Aug 14° C
Sep 11° C
Oct 4° C
Nov -5° C
Dec -7° C
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2 Reviews on Anchorage

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    Carl Nielsen Jr says:


    My name is Carl Nielsen Jr, 39yrs and born and raised here. One thing they didn’t mention is that we are the most diverse city in the world We have all the differemt types of characters, believe me! Beauty is everywhere..
    We are a must See! Facebook me for questions…. C.J. Nielsen Jr

    1. Have you been anywhere else? Anchorage is by far NOT the most diverse city, let alone “in the world”. I mean when you say, “diverse”, you’re talking about people, right? It seriously is not diverse in that area at all. It’s very average for the PNW area, but less diverse than most other cities in the NW. People don’t go up there for the people though so it doesn’t even matter.

      As for beauty, areas of it are beautiful, depending on the time of year but if you’re staying in the “city”- it can look very gloomy, blah, not a great selection of foliage, the trees are thin and shorter than most.

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