Anderson is a city in the Denali Borough, Alaska, United States, and the borough’s only incorporated community. At the 2010 census the population was 246, down from 367 at the 2000 census. The city is named after one of the original homesteaders.
Anderson is located at 64°20′43″N 149°11′43″W / 64.34528°N 149.19528°W / 64.34528; -149.19528 (64.345372, -149.195352), abutting the northern border of the Denali Borough. Anderson is north of Healy, south of Nenana and 75 miles (121 km) southwest of Fairbanks. The Anderson townsite lies in between the Alaska Railroad mainline and the Nenana River, along the northern edge of city limits. The George Parks Highway (5.5 miles (8.9 km) east of the townsite) and Clear Air Force Station (5.5 miles (8.9 km) south of the townsite) are also within city limits. Clear Air Force Station is home to the 213th Space Warning Squadron. Anderson lies 289 miles (465 km) north of Anchorage, the most populous city of Alaska, and 81 miles (130 km) southwest of Fairbanks.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 47.3 square miles (122.5 km), of which 43.7 square miles (113.3 km) is land and 3.6 square miles (9.2 km), or 7.49%, is water.
Anderson attracts mostly curious visitors, owing to its “out of the way” location at the end of a side road, plus those stopping to camp or access the Nenana River at Riverside Park.
Anderson first appeared on the 1970 U.S. Census as a city, having incorporated in 1962.
As of the census of 2000, there were 367 people, 101 households, and 74 families residing in the city. The population density was 7.9 people per square mile (3.0/km²). There were 148 housing units at an average density of 3.2 per square mile (1.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 86.38% White, 4.36% Black or African American, 1.36% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.82% from other races, and 6.81% from two or more races. 5.18% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 101 households out of which 40.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.4% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.7% were non-families. 20.8% of all households were made up of individuals and none had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.05.
In the city, the age distribution of the population shows 21.0% under the age of 18, 12.0% from 18 to 24, 42.0% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 2.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females, there were 175.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 187.1 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $58,750, and the median income for a family was $62,188. Males had a median income of $31,641 versus $23,750 for females. The per capita income for the city was $23,837. About 15.6% of families and 17.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.8% of those under age 18 and 10.0% of those age 65 or over.
Anderson Alaska neighborhoods include: Anchorage, Anchor Point, Chiniak, Chugiak, Clam Gulch, Cooper Landing, Delta Junction, Douglas, Eagle River, Eielson Afb, Elmendorf Afb, Fairbanks, Fort Richardson, Girdwood, Haines, Homer, Indian, Juneau, Kasilof, Kenai, Ketchikan, Kodiak, Metlakatla, Moose Pass, Nikolaevsk, Ninilchik, North Pole, Salcha, Seward, Sitka, Soldotna, Sterling, Tyonek, Wasilla