Kodiak Top Spot in Alaska for Raising Kids

Jay Barrett/KMXT

Parents may already know this, but the suitability of Kodiak for raising children has been recognized by a national magazine. Bloomberg Business Week has named the city of Kodiak as the best place to raise kids in Alaska.

The short article touts the area’s median family income of $80,000, the number of elementary schools and Kodiak College, the four museums and the easy access to recreation in the great outdoors.

The magazine underestimates the area’s population though, listing it at 56-hundred – that’s a thousand below that inside city limits and about half the greater Kodiak area.

On the Business Week web site, a commenter identified only as "Brenda," who said she was born and raised here, also praised the city’s education system, good housing market and short commutes to work. She also said the weather is often better than the East Coast – which at least this past week has been true.

The runner-up in Alaska for the crown of best place to raise children was Kasilof, a bedroom community south of Kenai and Soldotna on the Kenai Peninsula. Communities winning the title in other states include Centerville, Indiana; Bozeman, Montana; and Pendleton, Oregon.

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