Anchorage is on the rise — now listed as number six in a nationwide ranking of America’s Best Small Cities.
The annual report, compiled by Resonance Consultancy, ranks small cities (those with populations between 100,000-500,000 people) based on half a dozen factors ranging from sense of place to economy, infrastructure, and institutions. In 2019, Anchorage landed in the number 16 spot. This year, the city’s natural splendor, wide-open spaces, and connectivity catapulted it squarely into the top 10.
It’s in good company: Topped only by Asheville, NC, Savannah, GA, Santa Fe, NM, Naples, FL, and Reno, NV, Anchorage beats destinations like Boulder, CO, Santa Cruz, CA, and Myrtle Beach, SC.
“The most remote entry on our list is hardly off the beaten path,” Resonance reports. “Anchorage is … a destination for nature-lovers, art buffs, beer enthusiasts and folk who like their urban experience with a dash of the rustic, capped off on a clear day by views of North America’s tallest peaks.”