Poll participants were asked to rate a standard slate of 35 cities on a scale of 1 to 5, 5 being the highest, on characteristics from a variety of categories: "People, Type of Trip, Nightlife, Culture, Shopping, Food/Drink/Restaurants, Quality of Life/Visitor Experience, and Best Times to Visit."
Total scores were averaged and rounded to the nearest hundredth, and under the People category's "Stylish" characteristic, Anchorage scored dead last among non-residents with a score of 3.06. Next-worst Salt Lake City, Ut., averaged 3.32.
When resident votes were tallied separately, though, Anchorage came in next-to-last with a score of 3.13. Salt Lake City claimed the worst-dressed crown when it came to residents' style self-perception, with a score of 3.08.
She said she has traveled in and out of Anchorage too many times to count during a two-year research stint. Its not uncommon to see oversized parkas with fur-lined hoods and bunny boots, and people arent alarmed when a person wearing a ski mask enters a room. In Alaska, she adds, men sport beards and flannel in the most unironic way possible: to keep frostbite at bay and their appendages attached.
That sounds way more like Fairbanks than Anchorage to Alaska Beat.