POPULATION & DEMOGRAPHIC INFORMATION
Chugiak-Eagle River is a community under the municipal government of Anchorage. The community has experienced very rapid growth over the past thirty years with the population doubling between 1980 and 1990 from 12,858 to 25,324. By 2000 the population was 29,915 and in the recent 2010 census, grew to 34,982 --a 38 percent increase over the past 20 years. The Alaska Department of Labor’s estimated population mid-decade for Chugiak-Eagle River is 35,600. The community represents about 12 percent of the population within the Municipality of Anchorage.
According to the 2010 census, approximately 65 percent of our population is married and 62 percent work in the private sector. This community is strongly rooted in the military with 21 percent of residents 18 years of age and older identify themselves as having military/veteran status. In addition, Chugiak-Eagle River is a well educated community with 37% of the population with college degrees compared to Alaska at 26% and the United States at 27%.
The Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce supports economic development and economic diversity that complements the community oriented nature of this area. Our business community is largely service/retail oriented. Industrial land is available for development in the vicinity of the Birchwood Airport and points north through Eklutna. The surrounding scenic state park land offers many opportunities for tourism services to complement the growing visitor industry in the state of Alaska.
COST OF LIVING INDEX
Since the Chugiak-Eagle River community is within the boundaries of the Municipality of Anchorage. ACCRA, Council for Community & Economic Research’s Cost of Living Index for Anchorage will be used to indicate relative prices. With the national average at 100, below are seven indicators.*
UTILITIES – 101.7
HEALTH CARE: 140.8
MISCELLANEOUS GOODS & SERVICES: 122.4
100 PERCENT COMPOSIT INDEX: 129.3
*Source: ACCRA Cost of Living Index 3rd Quarter 2014