Discover the 5 Most Educated Places in Alaska

Written by Micky Moran
Published: February 13, 2024
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Although Alaska has one of the lowest populations in the United States, it has a superior education system. Of all of the residents in this state, over 90,000 adults hold a bachelor’s degree or higher, which is 93.1%. Only six states have a higher percentage of their population who hold at least a bachelor’s degree. In Alaska, many jobs rely on health care, forestry, construction, and other skills that require education before beginning them. Having a degree sets the tone for someone’s entire future, but which places in Alaska have the most educated residents?

Most Educated Places In Alaska

Denali Borough

Denali National Park and Wonder lake with Mountain Background

All four schools within the Denali Borough public school system start at kindergarten and end at 12th grade.

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With 1,619 residents, the Denali Borough ranks as the most educated place in Alaska. With Healy as the most populated community, the area was an unorganized borough until December 1990. The borough boasts 71% employment, and it is spread across 12,641 square miles of land. According to DataCommons.org, approximately 41% of the adult population holds at least a bachelor’s degree.

Denali College is one of the notable schools for higher education in the area. Welcoming many different cultures among its student population, the most popular college major is public health education, followed by business and social science research.

Juneau

Front Street in downtown Juneau, the capital city of Alaska, USA

US News Best Colleges ranks the University of Alaska Southeast Juneau as the 105th-best college in the United States.

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In Juneau, approximately 28.6% of adults who graduate high school also have a bachelor’s degree. Despite being the second-most educated place in Alaska, its population is substantially higher, with 32,255 residents. Juno is the home of one college – the University of Alaska Southeast Juneau. The most popular major is police and criminal science, followed by business and liberal arts degrees, though only 30.3% complete their degree.

The most notable point of interest in Juneau is the Mendenhall Glacier, though it was also the site of the Gold Rush of 1880. Juneau is Alaska’s capital, frequently used as a port for cruise ships in the Pacific Ocean. The elevation varies, but Mt. Roberts offers one of the highest peaks at 3,819 feet.

Anchorage

Snow town Anchorage, Alaska, the United States of America is one of many people's dream to visit due to its scenery, culture, culinary.

Anchorage has the highest concentration of musicians and artists of any city in the state.

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Approximately 24.7% of the population of Anchorage has at least a bachelor’s degree. With the state’s largest public school district in Alaska, it supports 48,000 students every year. Anchorage has two colleges within its limits – Alaska Pacific University Anchorage and University of Alaska Anchorage Anchorage. The most popular courses of study at these institutions are business and health professions, respectively.

The majestic beauty of Anchorage is what attracts the majority of people who move here. In the last census, Anchorage recorded 291,247 residents within its 1,947 square miles of land. Anchorage sits at just 102 feet above sea level.

Sitka

scenic landscapes of Sitka Alaska southeast Alaska and the inside passage

There is no way to drive to Sitka – you can only get there if you fly or take a boat.

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About 24.1% of Sitka’s residents hold a bachelor’s degree. The only college campus in this city and borough is the University of Alaska Southeast Sitka, which focuses much of its attention on distance learning. The total population of Sitka was 8,428 at the last census, with just over 1,100 students enrolled in 12th grade or lower.

Much of the appeal of Sitka is the same thing that tourists visit the rest of these cities for – the scenery. There are plenty of hiking trails within its limits, stretching across 4,815 square miles of Alaskan horizon. The average salary in Sitka is $79,605 annually.

Skagway

Skagway, Alaska. The scenic White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad.

Transportation and warehousing are the two largest industries in Skagway.

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Skagway follows closely behind Sitka, with 23.5% of the population holding a bachelor’s degree, while at least 6% hold a graduate degree. With about 1,000 residents, there is only one main school for children under age 18, and the nearest college is in Juneau, which is almost 80 miles away. The average annual salary of employees in Skagway is $71,223, supporting their $348,000 homes.

Much of the city’s tourism focuses on historical areas in town, bringing in almost 1 million residents annually. Take one of the local train rides to get the best view of the breathtaking landscape. Tourism is the main industry thriving in Skagway because it is the main stop for almost every cruise line that travels this far north.

Discover the 5 Most Educated Places in Alaska: A Summary

LocationPercentage of people with at least a Bachelor’s Degree
Denali Borough41%
Juneau28.6%
Anchorage24.7%
Sitka24.1%
Skagway23.5%

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Micky Moran is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering mammals, travel, marine life, and geography. He has been writing and researching animals and nature for over 5 years. A resident of Arizona, he enjoys spending time with family, going on adventures across the United States with his wife and kids by his side.

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