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|Latitude:||61.218 degrees N|
|Longitude:||149.9003 degrees W|
|Zip Codes:||99501-99511, 99513-99518, 99520-99524, 99529, 99530, 99540, 99567, 99577, 99587, 99599, 99645|
|Area:||Approximately 1,969 sq. miles|
|Time Zone:||Universal Time Coordinated (UTC)|
Beautiful Anchorage, Alaska was incorporated on November 23, 1920. Its rich cultural history stretches back an estimated 6,000 years to settlements by the native people of the region. The first European to explore the territory around what came to be known as Cook’s Inlet was the British explorer Captain James Cook, who claimed the land for England in 1778. Russian settlers moved onto Upper Cook Inlet in the late 1890s, establishing settlements inhabited by traders and missionaries. Anchorage was part of the larger purchase of Alaska by the United States in 1867.
In its early years, Anchorage was a railroad construction port, and it quickly grew as the railroads grew and trade ensued. The railroad economy of the Alaska Railroad continued through its completion in 1923, and the economy of the remainder of the 1920s and 1930s centered on the rail commerce. Between the 1930s and the 1950s, the city experienced massive growth as air transportation and the military became increasingly important. An increase in air traffic led to clearing of a site directly east of town site boundaries starting in 1929, which became Merrill Field. In the 1940’s, because if its strategic geographic importance, Anchorage became the site for Elmendorf Air Force Base and Fort Richardson Army post which provided much of the economic prosperity of the region throughout WWII and thereafter until oil was discovered in Prudhoe Bay in 1968.
Anchorage's largest economic sectors include transportation, military, municipal, state and federal government, tourism, corporate headquarters (including regional headquarters for multinational corporations) and resource extraction. Large portions of the local economy depend on Anchorage's geographical location and surrounding natural resources. Anchorage's economy traditionally has seen steady growth.
The city covers approximately 1,969 square miles and has a subarctic climate (the Köppen climate classification is Dfc), with strong maritime influences that effect a relatively moderate climate. In regard to rainfall, the climate has semi-arid influences. Most of the precipitation falls in late summer. Average daytime summer temperatures range from approximately 55 to 78 °F (13 to 26 °C); average daytime winter temperatures are about 5 to 30 °F (−15 to −1.1 °C). Anchorage has a frost-free growing season that averages slightly over 101 days.
Average January low and high temperatures at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport are 11 to 23 °F (−12 to −5 °C) with an average winter snowfall of 75.5 inches (192 cm). The 2011–2012 winter had 134.5 in (341.6 cm), which made it the snowiest winter on record. The coldest temperature ever recorded at Anchorage was −38 °F (−38.9 °C) on February 3, 1947.
Summers are typically mild (although cool compared to the “Lower 48” states), and it rains frequently. Average July low and high temperatures are 52 to 66 °F (11 to 19 °C) and the highest reading ever recorded was 86 °F (30.0 °C) on June 25, 1953.
Anchorage is in the UTC zone, one hour behind Pacific Time and four hours behind Eastern Time. Situated at the foot of the Chugach Mountains along the coast of Cook Inlet in South-Central Alaska, Anchorage is Alaska's largest city. The city's seacoast consists mostly of treacherous mudflats.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the municipality has a total area of 1,961.1 square miles (5,079.2 km²); 1,697.2 square miles (4,395.8 km²) of which is land and 263.9 square miles (683.4 km²) of it is water. The total area is 13.46% water.
A diverse wildlife population exists within urban Anchorage and the surrounding area. Approximately 250 black bears and 60 grizzly bears live in the area. Bears are regularly sighted within the city limits.
Moose are also a common sight in the Anchorage Bowl. There is a summer population of approximately 250 moose in the Anchorage Bowl, increasing to as many as 1000 during the winter.
The Chugach, Kenai, Talkeetna, Tordrillo, Aleutian and Alaska mountain ranges can easily be seen from Anchorage. Mount McKinley, 130 miles (208 km) north of downtown, can be seen on clear days. This 20,320-foot peak is the tallest mountain in North America.
The Good Friday Earthquake shook all of South central Alaska on March 27, 1964. To date, the Good Friday earthquake is the strongest ever recorded in North America, measuring 9.2 on the Richter Scale.
There are 60 glaciers within 50 miles of Anchorage. Portage Glacier, just 45 miles (72 km) south of downtown, is one of the most visited attractions in all of Alaska.
Alaska has about one registered pilot for every 58 residents, six times as many pilots per capita and 14 times as many airplanes per capita as the rest of the United States.
Outlets in Alaska are 110 volts, 60 AC-the same as the rest of the United States.
If you are considering a move to or from Anchorage, you’ll more than likely need to ship one or more of your autos. We’ll provide you with a "No Cost" estimate. When you are ready to ship, we will provide you with up to ten free quotes from ten different auto shipping companies. In fact, you can fill out one convenient form right here on our website and we’ll get you the quotes you need when you decide to ship your car, truck, motorcycle, ATV or even your RV. SMB Auto Transport is here to make your transition a little smoother.