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Old 02-22-2014, 06:03 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
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There are 21 1st class cities and 112 2nd class cities in Alaska.

http://commerce.alaska.gov/dnn/Porta...b/Homerule.pdf
Which just goes to show that you can call anything a "city" these days and get away with it.

The City of Nenana with a population of 348? Please.

Clearly a case of population envy if I ever saw one.
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Old 02-22-2014, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Juneau
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Haines
Homer
Juneau
Sitka
Skagway
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Old 02-24-2014, 12:06 AM
 
Location: Alaska
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I think:

1.) Fairbanks
2.) Juneau
3.) Valdez
4.) Homer
5.) Barrow
I have to laugh.. Fairbanks is the only one on your list I would call a city as defined by the outside and that's even a stretch.

Sitka is very beautiful as is Homer.. The view before you drop down into town is stunning regardless of the weather.
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Old 02-24-2014, 12:15 AM
 
Location: Dangling from a mooses antlers
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I have to laugh.. Fairbanks is the only one on your list I would call a city as defined by the outside and that's even a stretch.

Sitka is very beautiful as is Homer.. The view before you drop down into town is stunning regardless of the weather.
I laugh at what the outside thinks a "city" is. More often then not their ideas relate to concrete jungles and urban cesspools. I've been to New York City a number of times. Others think it's so beautiful. All I saw were mice trapped in a maze. Anchorage is too big for my liking but at least from here I can see the exits to the maze.
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Old 02-24-2014, 01:59 AM
 
Location: Interior alaska
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I'd like to know who has seen/been to all or at least most of the cities in AK?
I've been to all the "Cities" in Alaska, which by the lower 48 standards would just be Anchorage, and that would make a smaller town down South. I live up towards Fairbanks, but that only has about 31,000+- unless you count the North Star Borough, then it is about 78,000+- or so, and would make a really small town by lower 48 standards.

But I have been to just about all of the smaller towns in Alaska, with the exception of two major ones out on the West Coast of Alaska, and they only have a few thousand people there.


So for the OP's question, that would only be Anchorage as far as "Cities", but there are a lot of really pretty places in Alaska that may only have a handfull of people living there if not none at all. But for the sake of the thread, Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau and Ketchikan are about the biggest Cities in Alaska. The Wasilla area is growing fast, but really isn't a town in that sense, but you have Sitka, Kodiak, Behtel, Barrow, Dillingham and the Kenai area, all of which I like a lot for different reasons.

IF you look at a map of Alaska, it shows "Cities" all over the place, but most of those have maybe a few hundred or less, in some cases, nobody. They had to do something to make it look populated when they drew up the map...
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Old 02-24-2014, 07:44 AM
 
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
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I laugh at what the outside thinks a "city" is. More often then not their ideas relate to concrete jungles and urban cesspools. I've been to New York City a number of times. Others think it's so beautiful. All I saw were mice trapped in a maze. Anchorage is too big for my liking but at least from here I can see the exits to the maze.
I used to live in the town of Fremont, NE. It had a population about 32,000 at the time, about the same size as Fairbanks and Juneau. I will grant you that Fairbanks and Juneau may qualify as a city, barely, but you will never convince me that anyplace with a population of less than 500 qualifies as a "city." A village or a very small town possibly, but to call it a city is laughable.
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Old 02-24-2014, 10:26 AM
 
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Funny, we have "cities" here that have several thousand or less. But you think of them as a city since they are surrounded by other cities. In other words it is a contiguous concrete jungle.... And unless you see a sign you'd never know where one started and the other ended.

I like Stiffnecked's comment about Anchorage and at least being able to see the exits to the maze.
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Old 02-25-2014, 03:27 AM
 
Location: Interior alaska
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I like Stiffnecked's comment about Anchorage and at least being able to see the exits to the maze.

That would be the Glenn Highway Northbound and the Seward Highway Southbound, with the Maze in the middle!
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Old 02-25-2014, 11:23 AM
 
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What about the Ocean to the West?
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Old 02-25-2014, 01:04 PM
 
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What about the Ocean to the West?

Maybe after 200 miles going South on Cook Inlet.
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