Kodiak is #1 in Alaska for families

Kids in the ages 5-9 division burst out of the starting line for the 2019 Bear Crawl. (Photo by Bradley Pigage)

Kodiak is the best place in Alaska to raise a family.

That’s according to Niche, a group of data scientists and engineers who research communities in the United States, and develop report cards to determine the best places to live.

They released their latest report cards this week.

By compiling data and reviews on public schools, crime, higher education, cost of living, and family amenities, including outdoor activities, Niche has determined that the Kodiak Island Borough is the best family community in the state.

Overall, Niche gave Kodiak a solid B on their report card, placing it as the #1 best Alaskan community for families.

Notably, Niche also ranked Kodiak as having the best public schools in Alaska, with a grade of A- (minus). Their analysis considers metrics such as proficiency levels, graduation rates, teacher-student ratios, and parent surveys.

Kodiak’s lowest grade? This may come as no surprise: Cost of Living with a D+.

Kodiak is also ranked #2 in the state for best places for young professionals, behind Fairbanks.

In addition to local wildlife and fishing, their summary of Kodiak’s allure highlights Crab Fest, Salmon Camp, and award-winning science programs for kids.

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