17 Tiny Towns In Alaska Where Everyone Knows Your Name

Vast in size and largely undeveloped, the 49th state is filled with rural towns and villages that have less than 500 to 1000 year-round residents. Many with remote locations and limited access, these areas throughout the last frontier are scarcely inhabited. Living in the wild, away from the hustle and bustle, is a way of life for many Alaskans – but it definitely comes with some sacrifices. For starters, you can’t walk out your front door without running into someone that you know. Here are 17 tiny towns in Alaska where everyone knows your name.

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From remote islands and tiny villages to areas only accessible by plane, train or boat – Alaska is filled with tiny towns where everyone knows your name. Getting away from the “rat race” and living off the land is a lifestyle that many Alaskans strive to embody. Even if it means that you can’t go to gas station or grocery store without bumping into a handful of people you know. Have you ever been to any of these tiny towns in Alaska?

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Tiny Towns In Alaska

May 29, 2020

What is the smallest town in Alaska?

Bettles, Alaska, holds the title of smallest town in our amazing state. With a population of 12 lovely residents, this town is definitely the tiniest. It sits in one of the most amazing places in Alaska, however. Bettles is the jumping off point for Gates Of The Arctic National Park and Preserve, and the Brooks Range. Sitting on the banks of the Koyukuk River, this town was settled during the Alaska Gold Rush in 1898. Now it’s at the forefront of some of the most stunning scenery in the Arctic Circle. Although the town may be considered small, the amount of things to do and see in this area is astounding. 

What is the largest town in Alaska?

The largest city by population is Anchorage. While not the capital, it has the largest amount of people. In fact, it has 39.7% of the entire state’s population! New York City is the only other city in the United States that has a higher percentage of citizens that live in its largest city. Alaska currently estimates that Anchorage has around 288,000 residents living in the municipality. It’s located in south-central Alaska, and has a land area that’s 1,706 square miles. That makes it larger than the state of Rhode Island! This municipality is the fourth largest in the entire United States by area. Fun fact: Anchorage is almost equidistant from New York City and Tokyo.

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