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Ketchikan places 6th on another top-10 list

Ketchikan is seen from the water on a beautiful sunny day.

Ketchikan is seen from the water on a beautiful sunny day.

Ketchikan has again made it onto a top-10 list. This time, we are one of the 10 best places to live in Alaska.

Movoto.com, a real estate website, has a blog that placed Alaska’s First City in sixth place. Nobody from the company actually visited the locations on the list; researchers relied on number-crunching, instead. They looked at amenities, cost of living, home and rent prices, income, student-teacher ratios, the crime rate, taxes and weather.

That last one, though, didn’t appear to factor in precipitation; just temperature and air quality.

The No. 1 place on the list was Sitka, followed by Anchorage, Juneau, Barrow, Fairbanks, Ketchikan, Wrangell, Bethel, Valdez and North Pole.

Ketchikan was lauded for its weather and air quality, as well as its short commute time, averaging about 13 minutes.

A fair number of Alaskans weighed in on the article in the “comments” section, and most were critical of the list and the factors used to create it. One of the commenters suggested that the website submit the list to The Onion, a well-known satirical news site.

To see the list for yourself, click the link below.


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