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City Summary - Anchorage, Alaska
Located in South Central Alaska, the Municipality of Anchorage is the largest city in Alaska and the northernmost major city in the United States. Its population was 286,174 in 2009. Anchorage has been named an All-American City by the National Civic League four times, most recently in 2002.

As of 2009, 69.4% of Anchorage's residents are white, 6.4% are black or African-American, 5.7% are American Indian or Alaska Native, 7.5% are Asian, 1.3% are Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 2.3% are of some other race. Residents of two or more races make up 7.4% of Anchorage's population, and 8.5% of residents are of Hispanic or Latino origin. The median household income is $72,832, and the per capita income in $33,498. The average household size is 2.7.

Anchorage's subarctic climate gives the city long winters that are often cold and cloudy, along with short, mild summers. The city is also home to a number of black bears, grizzly bears, and moose, and sightings in Anchorage are a regular occurrence, but injuries are uncommon.

Thanks to its many parks, Anchorage is known for its natural beauty. The city contains 10,946 acres of municipal parkland and 223 parks for public enjoyment. Anchorage also contains attractions such as the Alaska Zoo, the Alaska Botanical Gardens, the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, and the Alaska Native Heritage Center.

All eyes turn to Anchorage on the first Saturday of each March as the most famous sled dog race in the world, the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, kicks off on Fourth Avenue in downtown Anchorage. Several sports teams also call Anchorage home, including hockey's Alaska Aces of the ECHL, the Alaska Wild of the Indoor Football League, and the NCAA's University of Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves, which has gymnastics and hockey teams at the Division I level and plays several sports at the Division II level.
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