Anchorage (officially named the Municipality of Anchorage) is a city in south central Alaska in the United States of America. It is the northern most big city in the United States and is home to over 290,000 people. It is the by far the biggest city in Alaska and comprises of 40 percent of the total population of the state. It covers almost 2000 square miles and of this, 1690 square miles are land. Anchorage has been awarded the title of All America City four times, in 1956, 1965, 1984 and 2002 and is known as being the most tax friendly city in the United States. Prior to 1912, Anchorage was a Russian colony and only in that year did it become a United States territory. The city is situated on a strip of lowland on the coast that extends up the lower slopes of the Chugach Mountains.
Anchorage has a subarctic climate which means the temperatures can get very cold. In summer, average temperatures range between 13 and 26 degrees Celsius and in winter these temperatures drop to an average of minus 15 degrees to just minus one degree Celsius. The coldest recorded temperature in Anchorage was minus 38 degrees Celsius in 1947. In summer, weather is mild and frequent rain is not uncommon. The hottest ever recorded temperature in Anchorage is only 30 degrees Celsius. Days in the summer are very long and days in the winter are very short in Anchorage due to its latitude position.
Much of the tourism to Anchorage is focused around its outdoor life with the many parks and gardens in the area being a favorite amongst winter sports enthusiasts and hikers alike. Recreational facilities like the Alpenglow Ski Area and Alyeska Resort are incredibly popular during the months where snow can be found in Anchorage and many visitors come to take advantage of the wide range of slopes that can be used for snowboarding and skiing.
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