Forty percent of the population of Alaska reside in the metropolitan city of Anchorage. The city is nestled in the Chugach Mountains northeast of the Alaska Peninsula. With Alaska's subarctic climate, Anchorage is marked by summers which are short and cool. The economy of Alaska is supported by the cities large port which gains ninety-five percent of all freights entering the state. The most prominent industries involve tourism, petroleum, government and military. Tourism is at its height during the summers.
Anchorage enjoys a wealth of art and science culture including its various museums, science and performing arts center. City dwellers as well as tourists may enjoy the International Ice Carving Competition, or the Fur Rendezvous festival, hosted in the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. The city also has plenty of parks and resorts such as the Alaska Native Heritage Center, Alaska Botanical Garden, the Alyeska resort, and Hilltop Ski Area.
From the 2000 census, the city of Anchorage is comprised of 260.283 citizens, 94 822 households and 64 099 families. As for household and family size, the averages were 2.67 and 3.19, respectively. The per capita income for Anchorage residents is $25,287, and the median for households and families are 55,546 and 63,682 dollars, respectively.