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Old 03-05-2010, 10:17 AM
 
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It is funny reading the posts here on the different opinions about Anchorage. I was wondering from anyone who is from Seattle or Portland if Anchorage is as bad as some people say? I have read words like "dirty" or "unsafe". For people that have lived in AK their whole life and Anchorage is the largest city they've experienced, it is probably "scary" compared to some of the smaller towns. I live in a somewhat "safe" neighborhood on the outskirts of Portland and I don't allow my children to play in the front yard because we have too many "yucky" people that walk by here on a daily basis and I don't want one of them nabbing my kids on their way. The crime rate in the area I live in is increasing. I live in a nice neighborhood where the same people that bought their houses in the 1960's still live here and are nice people, but too many scary people like to come through here. Anyways, just wondering if anyone coming from a different perspective can give me insight. Thanks.
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Old 03-05-2010, 10:24 AM
 
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It is funny reading the posts here on the different opinions about Anchorage. I was wondering from anyone who is from Seattle or Portland if Anchorage is as bad as some people say? I have read words like "dirty" or "unsafe". For people that have lived in AK their whole life and Anchorage is the largest city they've experienced, it is probably "scary" compared to some of the smaller towns. I live in a somewhat "safe" neighborhood on the outskirts of Portland and I don't allow my children to play in the front yard because we have too many "yucky" people that walk by here on a daily basis and I don't want one of them nabbing my kids on their way. The crime rate in the area I live in is increasing. I live in a nice neighborhood where the same people that bought their houses in the 1960's still live here and are nice people, but too many scary people like to come through here. Anyways, just wondering if anyone coming from a different perspective can give me insight. Thanks.

I would say read the Anchorage Daily News on a regular basis to get a good idea of Anchorage. BTW I'm not from the States you mentioned, but as I said the daily paper will give you some insight. Crime seems to be increasing in Anchorage.

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Old 03-05-2010, 10:34 AM
 
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It depends what area you live in. In my area, the previous owners of my house never once locked the front door the entire 5 years they lived here. However, there are other areas of Anchorage I will never go to. Basically, Anchorage is a small city that encompasses the entire spectrum of neighborhood demographics - from good to bad - that you would find in some of the larger metropolitan areas down south.

As for being dirty - yea, if you brush up against the outside of you car in your good clothes you'll get filthy. During winter, even the Mercedes and BMWs up here are covered in grime. But that's Alaska - not necessarliy just Anchorage. There's a reason this place is still called the last frontier - it goes with the territory. I'm sure the settlers of the old west didn't drive clean covered wagons either.
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Old 03-05-2010, 11:33 AM
 
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During the winter I never use soap at the car wash. Not much sense in it. With that said I wouldn't live in Portland or Seattle and I've spent lots of time in both. To many freaking people, too many cars, too many stores and too much traffic.!!
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Old 03-05-2010, 12:01 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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I've lived in Seattle and only occasionally go to Anchorage. Think back, I'd say that the crime level is close to being the same in both places. The difference is that the Seattle area is about 4 times the size, so as a percentage, has less crime. As in all cities, there are places that are almost completely safe and locations you should avoid. I don't know about other cities, but I believe in Alaska, a majority of crime is either gang related, the attacker is known by the victim or bar/drinking related. If you're not involved in the first, have relatively stable friends and family, and don't make the bar scene a major part of your life, you'll likely never be a victim.
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Old 03-05-2010, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Deltana, AK
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I grew up in the Seattle suburbs and have also lived in Bellingham, WA. I have no statistics to back it up, but an educated guess would put the Anchorage crime rate a little below that of Seattle (accounting for the size difference). For the most part, I would feel perfectly safe living in Anchorage, though there are definetely neighborhoods like (and worse than) yours which you describe.
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Old 03-05-2010, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Myrtle Beach
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Its called Stranger Danger and has been researched as being harmful to your children and is why people have a harder time meeting friends.

Stranger danger - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The process of constantly warning children of possible danger in the form of strangers has also been criticised as exaggerating the potential threat and unnecessarily spreading mistrust, especially when considering that (for example) in the US, about 800,000 children are reported at least temporarily missing every year, yet only 115 "become victims of what is viewed as classic stranger abductions".[2] In situations where the child is in danger for other reasons, avoiding strangers (who might help) could in fact be dangerous itself, such as in the case of an 11 year old boy scout who avoided rescue searchers because he feared they might want to 'steal him'.[2]
Some extreme proponents of "stranger danger" warnings have however instead proposed to teach children not to approach anyone without parental permission (such as not to enter a car even if they recognise the person).[3]
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Old 03-05-2010, 09:39 PM
 
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[quote=AlaskaKash;13174242]Its called Stranger Danger and has been researched as being harmful to your children and is why people have a harder time meeting friends.

Stranger danger - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



Thank you. My children are very aware that there are good strangers and bad strangers. What I am talking about is the difference between living in the city I currently live in where you lock your doors when you are home and do not let your children outdoors unattended because of the many harmful people that do live around here. I grew up in a small town about 2 hrs. from here where people did not lock their doors, my friend lives in a town about 3 hrs from here where she did not lock her doors. There weren't the rates of theft and kidnapping like there are here. My children are very educated as to what to do if they were kidnapped and to seek help from any other stranger they can in that event. It's not my children's fear nor their lack of knowledge that I am worried about. They are very well adjusted kids. Thank you for posting this for others that need this information, but this does not pertain to me or my family.
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Old 03-05-2010, 09:47 PM
 
Location: Myrtle Beach
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There are good neighborhoods in Anchorage and there are bad ones. Stick to South Anchorage south of Abbot or Bayshore area. These are the safest neighborhoods in my opinion. I lived in Lynnwood before and would have been comfortable with my kids playing outside. It is a shame you live in an area where you feel your children are not safe, that must be nerve racking. Please note, Seattle area schools are far superior to Anchorage schools. Good Luck!!
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Old 03-05-2010, 10:55 PM
 
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It is funny reading the posts here on the different opinions about Anchorage. I was wondering from anyone who is from Seattle or Portland if Anchorage is as bad as some people say? I have read words like "dirty" or "unsafe". For people that have lived in AK their whole life and Anchorage is the largest city they've experienced, it is probably "scary" compared to some of the smaller towns. I live in a somewhat "safe" neighborhood on the outskirts of Portland and I don't allow my children to play in the front yard because we have too many "yucky" people that walk by here on a daily basis and I don't want one of them nabbing my kids on their way. The crime rate in the area I live in is increasing. I live in a nice neighborhood where the same people that bought their houses in the 1960's still live here and are nice people, but too many scary people like to come through here. Anyways, just wondering if anyone coming from a different perspective can give me insight. Thanks.
I have lived in Anchorage and Seattle. Anchorage has a lot of crime for the population. However, it also depends where you live in Anchorage. Rabbit Creek is a really nice area. Many people also live in Eagle River, which is a short commute from Anchorage. Overall, it's an okay city. If you appreciate the outdoors and scenery, it's a nice place to live. If you spend all your time in the city, you will probably think it's more dirty than Portland or Seattle.
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