Alaska may seem an extreme place to live, with its long summer days and winter nights. Anchorage's winters are milder than further inland in the state, and its residents’ boots are well heeled, as Anchorage has our list’s third-best economic conditions. You won’t find a professional sports team in town any time soon, but residents can enjoy a dozen local breweries and shop for Alaska’s indigenous art at the Alaska Native Heritage Center.
Pro sports teams: 0
Park acres per 1,000 residents: 1,753
Percent with graduate degree: 7.5
Median household income: $85,554
Percent unemployed: 6.4