About 301,000 people live in Anchorage, the largest city in the south-central part of the state on the Cook Inlet. There was a significant increase in the violent crimes rate in one year – from 1,209 to 1,615 in January-June 2015. The number of murders went up from 6 to 16, of rapes from 193 to 323, and of aggravated assaults from 763 to 1,005. See: Safety Tips for Women Traveling Alone