The biannual Anchorage Community Survey provides one of the most detailed pictures available of community attitudes within the network of communities forming the Anchorage municipality. The survey reports contain information on the demographics of residents, their perceptions of the life in their neighborhoods, social activities and organizations, and their satisfaction with various municipal and government functions, including policing.

See the index pages for each survey for a list of reports, articles, codebooks, and data files; or see the comprehensive list further down on this page.

Background on the Municipality of Anchorage

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The Municipality of Anchorage encompasses 1,956 square miles of land, and contains an estimated 296,197 residents in 2011. These residents are located within the city of Anchorage, and the communities of Girdwood, Turnagain, Eagle River, Chugiak, and Eklutna, as well as Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER).

The largest city in Alaska, Anchorage serves as a major hub for trade, with the Ted Stevens International Airport, Alaska Railroad, Port of Anchorage, and the highway system all converging to create a trade nexus not just for the state of Alaska, but for the United States and surrounding nations as well. Unemployment is estimated at 4.9% as of November 2012.

Law enforcement is handled by the Anchorage Police Department. Medical Services are provided by three major hospitals and numerous clinics, and fire services are provided by local and volunteer fire companies throughout the Municipality.

References

  1. 2011 Population by Borough/Census Area and Economic Region (web page). Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Research and Analysis. Accessed 2 Jan 2013.
  2. Municipality of Anchorage labor force data (web page). Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Research and Analysis. Accessed 2 Jan 2013.

 

Products

Reports (most recent first) Summary Document

Anchorage Community Survey 2009: Anchorage Police-Related Results by Sharon Chamard. Anchorage, AK: Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage, Oct 2011.

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Atlas of Anchorage Community Indicators by Robert H. Langworthy, Shel Llee Flexman-Evans, Sharon Chamard, Alan R. McKelvie, and Donald Yunker. Anchorage, AK: Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage, May 2009. [See summary for list of indicators, which are also available as separate files.]

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ACI Technical Report: Initial Measures Derived From Census by Robert H. Langworthy. Anchorage, AK: Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage, Sep 2006.

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The Anchorage Community Survey, 2007: Executive Summary, revised ed. by Shel Llee Flexman-Evans. Anchorage, AK: Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage, Sep 2009.

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The Anchorage Community Survey, 2007: Sourcebook by Shel Llee Flexman-Evans. Anchorage, AK: Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage, Sep 2009.

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Community Indicators Project at UAA: Anchorage Police Department Related Results by Shel Llee Flexman-Evans. Anchorage, AK: Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage, Sep 2009.

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The Anchorage Community Survey, 2005: Sourcebook by Brad A. Myrstol and Robert H. Langworthy. Anchorage, AK: Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage, May 2005.

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Articles Article Complete issue

"Anchorage Attitudes Toward Justice System" by Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage. Alaska Justice Forum 22(3): 8 (Fall 2005).

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"Anchorage Residents' Perceptions of Police" by Brad A. Myrstol. Alaska Justice Forum 28(1): 1, 7–8 (Spring 2011).

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"Correlates of Gun Ownership in Anchorage and the Mat-Su Borough" by Sharon Chamard. Alaska Justice Forum 27(2): 2–4 (Summer 2010).

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"Making the Grade? Public Evaluation of Police Performance in Anchorage" by Brad A. Myrstol. Alaska Justice Forum 22(2): 5-10 (Summer 2005).

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"Police in Schools: Public Perceptions" by Brad A. Myrstol. Alaska Justice Forum 27(3): 1, 5–8 (Fall 2010).

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"Public Perceptions of Judicial Fairness" by Brad A. Myrstol and Cory R. Lepage. Alaska Justice Forum 29(2): 1, 9–11 (Summer 2012).

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Anchorage Community Indicators    

Series 1: Anchorage Community Survey 2003 presents results taken from the Anchorage Community Survey, a telephone survey conducted by the Justice Center in the spring of 2003, focusing on respondents attitudes on five issues — schools, public transportation, snow removal, police performance, emergency medical services — and on residential stability.

Series 2: Sexual Assault Study presents information about sexual assaults in Anchorage based on sexual assaults reported to the Anchorage Police Department in 2000–2001.

Series 3: Neighborhood Characteristics & Police Calls for Service examines the strength of association between neighborhood characteristics, such as housing density and population density, with levels of crime and social deviance in those neighborhoods as measured by police calls for service in 2003.

Working papers Summary Document

"Anchorage Community Survey 2007 Survey Sampling Design: Power and Sample Size" by Shel Llee Flexman-Evans. Justice Center Working Papers 4 (Dec 2006).

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Media advisories    

"Justice Center Releases Sourcebook" (press release). May 6, 2005.

   
Anchorage community data Summary Document

Data files from the Anchorage Community Indicators, the biannual Anchorage Community Survey, and other Anchorage-related research projects including the 2002 Anchorage Adult Criminal Victimization Survey are available here for the use of justice and other social science researchers. Information provided here includes codebooks and data in SPSS format. Data files are also easily locatable from the index pages for the individual projects.