It has long been said that Alaska is the "last frontier." Legends of outlaws coming here to the hideout still abound in our state. Data from the FBI's most recent statistics in 2019 has been used to calculate Alaska's most dangerous cities. The data calculates the number of violent crimes and property crimes in the towns with more than 2,000 residents. Here are the 5 worst places to live in Alaska:
Top 5: Palmer
It might seem idyllic to live in Palmer at first glance. It is located on the banks of the Matanuska River and is surrounded by the Talkeetna Mountains and Pioneer and Twin Peaks in the Chugach Range. Palmer is a beautiful town, but its aesthetic qualities are just about all it offers. According to the low median income of households and the common properties prices, it has one of the worst economies in the state. It is also the region in Alaska with the third-highest unemployment rate of 10.8 percent. Residents can enjoy living in a beautiful area, but many struggles to make ends meet.
Palmer seems like a beautiful place to live at first glance. It is located on the banks of the Matanuska River and is surrounded by the Talkeetna Mountains and Pioneer and Twin Peaks in the Chugach Range. Palmer is a beautiful town, but its aesthetic qualities are just about all it offers. According to the low median household income and modest property prices, its economy is one of the worst in the state.
Top 4: Kotzebue
Kotzebue, Alaska, is a community just north of the Arctic Circle with a large Inupiat population. Historically, the village was a trading center for indigenous groups. The small community of 3,272 people suffers from dangerous crime levels today.
As of the 2019 reporting year, there were 22 rapes and 77 violent crimes in Kotzebue, making it the third-most rape-prone city and the second-most violent city. This is a massive amount for a population that is so small. The town, located in the Northwest Arctic Borough on the Baldwin Peninsula, is reasonably close to Russia. The tourism industry is not very large.
Top 3: Wasilla
In Wasilla, which has a population of 9,675, crime is a big problem. Alaska's fourth most dangerous city is Anchorage. Victims of property crime have a one in 15.2 chance of becoming victims of violent crime have a one in 158 chance. Crime is not the only issue in this city, as it has the second-highest unemployment rate in the state, with 10.9 percent of its residents out of work. The city also has the 12th-cheapest home prices in the state, which indicates that Wasilla is not in high demand.
Top 2: Kenai
The small town of Kenai in Alaska sits along with the mouth of the Kenai River, which makes it one of the most dangerous places in the state for 2021. This city has a population of 7,862 but a crime rate of 6,626/100,000. Murder, property crime, and actual crimes are the highest in the state.
About murders and property crimes, Kenai ranks second among Alaska's cities and towns. With such a small population compared to other cities in Alaska, the 446 property crimes and 353 larceny cases reported in 2019 are concerning for residents.
Top 1: Houston
Houston is the worst place to live in Alaska, according to Road Snacks. The city has received a poor rating for years due to a variety of factors. Houston, Alaska's fourth most dangerous city, is the scene of a high degree of criminal activity. However, that is not the city's biggest concern. It has the lowest house value, which indicates that the economy is not doing well. At 17 percent, Houston also has the highest unemployment rate. Commute time is another issue, as residents of Houston have the most extended commute times.
Were you surprised by where the worst places to live in Alaska are? Do you live in any of these places? How do you feel about the statistics? Let us know in the comments below!
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