● English explorer Captain James Cook is credited with first exploring and describing the Anchorage area in 1778.
● In 1914, Anchorage got its start when the Alaska Railroad chose it as the site of a railroad construction port. The area in front of the current headquarters at Ship Creek was a makeshift city of laborers when the work began.
● By area, Anchorage is one the largest cities in the U.S., encompassing 1,961 square miles – nearly the size of the state of Delaware.
● With a population around 300,000, Anchorage is Alaska’s largest city and home to more than 41 percent of the state’s population. Major industries include government and military, petroleum, and tourism.
● The city of Anchorage sits on a triangular peninsula surrounded by the Cook Inlet, which is the northernmost reach of the Pacific Ocean. Anchorage is a major port, receiving over 95% of all freight entering Alaska.
● Anchorage’s location on the globe puts it within 9.5 hour of flying time to almost 90% of the industrialized world. The city is a major FedEx Hub. Twentysix percent of the U.S. international air freight by tonnage moves through the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, which is the world’s fifth busiest cargo airport by tonnage.
● You can see six mountain ranges from Anchorage: The Chugach, Kenai, Talkeetna, Tordrillo, Alaska and Aleutian. On clear days in Anchorage, you can see Mount McKinley which is located 130 miles north this 20,320foot peak is the tallest mountain in North America.
● Anchorage is slightly farther north than Oslo, Stockholm, Helsinki and Saint Petersburg and is as far west as Honolulu, Hawaii.
● Anchorage’s public bus system is called the “People Mover.”
● Originally opened in 1968 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Alaska Purchase, the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, expanded with the addition of the Smithsonian Institution’s Arctic Studies Center in 2010, which features Alaska Native artifacts on long term loan from the Smithsonian Institution.
● Approximately 250 black bears and 60 grizzly bears live within urban Anchorage and the surrounding area.
● Moose are also a common sight in Anchorage with a summer population of 250 that increases to more than 1,500 moose during the winter.
● The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race kicks off with its ceremonial start in downtown Anchorage, continuing 1,049 miles to Nome on the western Bering Sea coast.
● There are 105 miles of groomed crosscountry ski trails in Anchorage.
● Anchorage has more espresso stands, per capita, than anywhere in the U.S.