Alaska’s
Best Cities for Sleep

2020

The largest US state by area is Alaska, where extreme temperatures and spectacular vistas reign. Fish still jump from pristine rivers in this former Russian territory, the most sparsely populated state in the country. With national parks like Denali National Park, Glacier Bay, and Kenai Fjords, Alaska boasts over half a million square miles of mountains, tundra, and rugged coastline.

Some interesting facts about Alaska:

  • More than 5% of the population speaks one of the state’s twenty native languages
  • Oil was discovered in Prudhoe Bay in 1968, and has since become an important part of the state economy
  • Alaska has no county fairs because it has no counties. Instead, the state is divided into six regions
  • As part of the “Ring of Fire” of seismic activity in the Pacific Ocean basin, Alaska has many active volcanoes along its nearly 34,000 miles of coastline
  • The lowest temperature ever recorded in Alaska was -62.2 in January 1971

Alaska’s long, cold nights seem tailor-made for restful sleep — or does the state’s famed midnight sun make slumber difficult? Let’s look at how Alaskans sleep by city and find out.

32 %

The percentage of adults who report insufficient sleep each year. Insufficient sleep increases the chance of weight gain, cognitive problems, and cardiovascular disease

30 %

The percentage of adults who report a BMI — or body mass index — above 30%. Higher body mass usually equals a greater risk of sleep apnea

19 %

The percentage of adults who report excessive drinking. Heavy drinking is linked to disrupted sleep and less REM sleep

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1
Chena Ridge, Alaska
Chena Ridge
Sleep Score: 85.99

Chena Ridge, AK

Population 6,155
Insufficient Sleep 300
Median Income 97,464
Mentally unhealthy days 3
Obesity 290
oor physical health days 3.5
Drinking 230
Physical inactivity 3.5
Smoking 180
Air pollution (PM2.5) 0
Food insecurity 120
Unempolyment 63

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Juneau, Alaska
Juneau
Sleep Score: 85.67

Juneau, AK

Population 32,113
Insufficient Sleep 310
Median Income 90,749
Mentally unhealthy days 3.2
Obesity 290
oor physical health days 3.2
Drinking 220
Physical inactivity 3.2
Smoking 180
Air pollution (PM2.5) 0
Food insecurity 110
Unempolyment 47

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Steele Creek, Alaska
Steele Cree.
Sleep Score: 85.41

Steele Creek, AK

Population 7,571
Insufficient Sleep 300
Median Income 86,613
Mentally unhealthy days 3
Obesity 290
oor physical health days 3.5
Drinking 230
Physical inactivity 3.5
Smoking 180
Air pollution (PM2.5) 0
Food insecurity 120
Unempolyment 63

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Anchorage, Alaska
Anchorage
Sleep Score: 85.41

Anchorage, AK

Population 291,538
Insufficient Sleep 300
Median Income 82,271
Mentally unhealthy days 3.1
Obesity 290
oor physical health days 3.4
Drinking 190
Physical inactivity 3.4
Smoking 150
Air pollution (PM2.5) 0
Food insecurity 120
Unempolyment 60

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Badger, Alaska
Badger
Sleep Score: 85.2

Badger, AK

Population 19,039
Insufficient Sleep 300
Median Income 82,734
Mentally unhealthy days 3
Obesity 290
oor physical health days 3.5
Drinking 230
Physical inactivity 3.5
Smoking 180
Air pollution (PM2.5) 0
Food insecurity 120
Unempolyment 63

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Farmers Loop, Alaska
Farmers Loo.
Sleep Score: 85

Farmers Loop, AK

Population 5,092
Insufficient Sleep 300
Median Income 78,917
Mentally unhealthy days 3
Obesity 290
oor physical health days 3.5
Drinking 230
Physical inactivity 3.5
Smoking 180
Air pollution (PM2.5) 0
Food insecurity 120
Unempolyment 63

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College, Alaska
College
Sleep Score: 84.91

College, AK

Population 14,362
Insufficient Sleep 300
Median Income 77,341
Mentally unhealthy days 3
Obesity 290
oor physical health days 3.5
Drinking 230
Physical inactivity 3.5
Smoking 180
Air pollution (PM2.5) 0
Food insecurity 120
Unempolyment 63

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Kalifornsky, Alaska
Kalifornsky
Sleep Score: 84.91

Kalifornsky, AK

Population 8,588
Insufficient Sleep 300
Median Income 83,654
Mentally unhealthy days 3.4
Obesity 300
oor physical health days 3.8
Drinking 210
Physical inactivity 3.8
Smoking 190
Air pollution (PM2.5) 0
Food insecurity 130
Unempolyment 85

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Gateway, Alaska
Gateway
Sleep Score: 84.89

Gateway, AK

Population 6,694
Insufficient Sleep 350
Median Income 99,122
Mentally unhealthy days 3.6
Obesity 330
oor physical health days 3.8
Drinking 220
Physical inactivity 3.8
Smoking 190
Air pollution (PM2.5) 0
Food insecurity 130
Unempolyment 87

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Sitka, Alaska
Sitka
Sleep Score: 84.57

Sitka, AK

Population 8,647
Insufficient Sleep 300
Median Income 70,765
Mentally unhealthy days 3.1
Obesity 290
oor physical health days 3.4
Drinking 220
Physical inactivity 3.4
Smoking 180
Air pollution (PM2.5) 0
Food insecurity 120
Unempolyment 47

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Sterling, Alaska
Sterling
Sleep Score: 84.56

Sterling, AK

Population 5,387
Insufficient Sleep 300
Median Income 77,098
Mentally unhealthy days 3.4
Obesity 300
oor physical health days 3.8
Drinking 210
Physical inactivity 3.8
Smoking 190
Air pollution (PM2.5) 0
Food insecurity 130
Unempolyment 85

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Fishhook, Alaska
Fishhook
Sleep Score: 84.49

Fishhook, AK

Population 6,040
Insufficient Sleep 350
Median Income 91,667
Mentally unhealthy days 3.6
Obesity 330
oor physical health days 3.8
Drinking 220
Physical inactivity 3.8
Smoking 190
Air pollution (PM2.5) 0
Food insecurity 130
Unempolyment 87

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Kodiak, Alaska
Kodiak
Sleep Score: 84.42

Kodiak, AK

Population 5,968
Insufficient Sleep 290
Median Income 69,868
Mentally unhealthy days 2.9
Obesity 330
oor physical health days 3.1
Drinking 210
Physical inactivity 3.1
Smoking 160
Air pollution (PM2.5) 0
Food insecurity 110
Unempolyment 51

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Lakes, Alaska
Lakes
Sleep Score: 84.25

Lakes, AK

Population 9,424
Insufficient Sleep 350
Median Income 87,176
Mentally unhealthy days 3.6
Obesity 330
oor physical health days 3.8
Drinking 220
Physical inactivity 3.8
Smoking 190
Air pollution (PM2.5) 0
Food insecurity 130
Unempolyment 87

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Knik-Fairview, Alaska
Knik-Fairvi.
Sleep Score: 84.24

Knik-Fairview, AK

Population 17,203
Insufficient Sleep 350
Median Income 87,093
Mentally unhealthy days 3.6
Obesity 330
oor physical health days 3.8
Drinking 220
Physical inactivity 3.8
Smoking 190
Air pollution (PM2.5) 0
Food insecurity 130
Unempolyment 87

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Fairbanks, Alaska
Fairbanks
Sleep Score: 84.02

Fairbanks, AK

Population 31,516
Insufficient Sleep 300
Median Income 60,658
Mentally unhealthy days 3
Obesity 290
oor physical health days 3.5
Drinking 230
Physical inactivity 3.5
Smoking 180
Air pollution (PM2.5) 0
Food insecurity 120
Unempolyment 63

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Tanaina, Alaska
Tanaina
Sleep Score: 83.92

Tanaina, AK

Population 10,512
Insufficient Sleep 350
Median Income 80,980
Mentally unhealthy days 3.6
Obesity 330
oor physical health days 3.8
Drinking 220
Physical inactivity 3.8
Smoking 190
Air pollution (PM2.5) 0
Food insecurity 130
Unempolyment 87

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Homer, Alaska
Homer
Sleep Score: 83.6

Homer, AK

Population 5,810
Insufficient Sleep 300
Median Income 59,185
Mentally unhealthy days 3.4
Obesity 300
oor physical health days 3.8
Drinking 210
Physical inactivity 3.8
Smoking 190
Air pollution (PM2.5) 0
Food insecurity 130
Unempolyment 85

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Kenai, Alaska
Kenai
Sleep Score: 83.54

Kenai, AK

Population 7,778
Insufficient Sleep 300
Median Income 58,125
Mentally unhealthy days 3.4
Obesity 300
oor physical health days 3.8
Drinking 210
Physical inactivity 3.8
Smoking 190
Air pollution (PM2.5) 0
Food insecurity 130
Unempolyment 85

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Meadow Lakes, Alaska
Meadow Lake.
Sleep Score: 82.94

Meadow Lakes, AK

Population 7,665
Insufficient Sleep 350
Median Income 62,639
Mentally unhealthy days 3.6
Obesity 330
oor physical health days 3.8
Drinking 220
Physical inactivity 3.8
Smoking 190
Air pollution (PM2.5) 0
Food insecurity 130
Unempolyment 87

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Ketchikan, Alaska
Ketchikan
Sleep Score: 82.91

Ketchikan, AK

Population 8,289
Insufficient Sleep 320
Median Income 56,372
Mentally unhealthy days 3.3
Obesity 360
oor physical health days 3.5
Drinking 210
Physical inactivity 3.5
Smoking 200
Air pollution (PM2.5) 0
Food insecurity 130
Unempolyment 63

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Bethel, Alaska
Bethel
Sleep Score: 82.9

Bethel, AK

Population 6,493
Insufficient Sleep 350
Median Income 83,438
Mentally unhealthy days 4.9
Obesity 310
oor physical health days 5.7
Drinking 190
Physical inactivity 5.7
Smoking 330
Air pollution (PM2.5) 0
Food insecurity 220
Unempolyment 138

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Wasilla, Alaska
Wasilla
Sleep Score: 82.81

Wasilla, AK

Population 10,529
Insufficient Sleep 350
Median Income 60,259
Mentally unhealthy days 3.6
Obesity 330
oor physical health days 3.8
Drinking 220
Physical inactivity 3.8
Smoking 190
Air pollution (PM2.5) 0
Food insecurity 130
Unempolyment 87

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Palmer, Alaska
Palmer
Sleep Score: 82.71

Palmer, AK

Population 7,306
Insufficient Sleep 350
Median Income 58,389
Mentally unhealthy days 3.6
Obesity 330
oor physical health days 3.8
Drinking 220
Physical inactivity 3.8
Smoking 190
Air pollution (PM2.5) 0
Food insecurity 130
Unempolyment 87

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How Did We Determine the Best Cities for Sleep?

Sleep is impacted by important behavioral, environmental, and lifestyle factors. We compiled our list of Best Cities for Sleep by looking at 10 key metrics backed by scientific research. Keep reading to find out which metrics we chose and how they affect slumber.

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