Part of SWAMC's mission is to improve the quality of life in Southwest Alaska. In an attempt to benchmark the standard of living in region, SWAMC undertook an assessment in 2005 using six indicators comprised of various data variables. Southwest Alaska was compared to three other regions: Southeast Alaska, the Municipality of Anchorage and the state of Alaska as a whole using these normalized indicators.
The indicators look at the status of health and safety, the situation for children, education, community and business resources, the environment, and infrastructure.
Based on a compilation of comparable data across the four regions, overall, the quality of life in Southwest Alaska ranks above life in the Municipality of Anchorage and the state, as a whole. Southeast Alaska exhibits the highest quality of life.
The Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference has used these findings to inform community leaders and residents of the region, advise policy makers, and establish goals to affect improvements in the quality of life in the region.
Southwest Alaska Quality of Life Index (952kb)