Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson
United States Army Alaska, 3rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, 4th Brigade 25th Infantry Division
600 Richardson Dr, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, AK 99505
Anchorage has a subarctic climate due to its short, cool summers. Average daytime summer temperatures range from approximately 55°F to 78°F and average daytime winter temperatures are about 5°F to 30°F. Anchorage has a frost-free growing season that averages slightly over 100 days. Average January low and high temperatures at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (PANC) are 9 °F/22 °F with an average winter snowfall of 70.60 inches.
Summers are typically mild (although cool compared to the contiguous US and even interior Alaska), though it can rain frequently. Average July low and high temperatures are 52 °F/66 °F. Because of Anchorage’s latitude, summer days are very long and winter daylight hours are very short. Anchorage is often cloudy during the winter, which decreases the amount of sunlight experienced by residents.
The cost of living in Anchorage, AK is equal to the average in Alaska and it is 30% higher than the national average. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. Everyday goods and services can be a good indicator of the general costs of goods in a particular city. In Anchorage, AK goods and services are 3% higher than the average in Alaska and are 23% higher than the nationwide average.
Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, is in the south-central part of the state on the Cook Inlet. It’s known for its cultural sites, including the Alaska Native Heritage Center, which displays traditional crafts, stages dances, and presents replicas of dwellings from the area’s indigenous groups. The city is also a gateway to nearby wilderness areas and mountains including the Chugach, Kenai and Talkeetna.