Alaska became a part of the United States in 1959, and it is the largest, most sparsely populated state in the country. For many, visiting Alaska means the opportunity to explore vast expanses of untouched wilderness, wide-open spaces, abundant wildlife and more. Alaska is the epitome of outdoor adventure. For those who are planning to move to Alaska, there is lots of opportunity for both career and personal growth in larger cities such as Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau.
If you’re looking for more information before you set down roots in this amazing state, consider the following information below to help with your decision.
Advantages of Living in Alaska
The first and most obvious advantage of living in Alaska is having the opportunity to enjoy the breath-taking views every day. For those who value rich wildlife, natural views and an active lifestyle Alaska is certainly a place to set down roots.
The average temperature in Alaska is 37 degrees Fahrenheit, and the average annual snowfall from 1981-2010 ranged from 32.3″ (82cm) to 326.3″ (828cm). Individuals and families who enjoy outdoor activities, specifically in the winter will certainly be able to enjoy lots of skiing, snowboarding and other winter sports.
Events & Sights
Anchorage, Alaska is full of activities and things to do for people of all ages. In this great state you can enjoy the traditional amenities, active outdoor sports, wildlife sightings, cultural events and more. Looking for some of the best things to do in Alaska? Check out these Top 15 things to do in Alaska in two parts! See them here: (Part 1) (Part 2)
Hot Jobs in Alaska is an active site that has current listings of jobs that are considered hot and in need of workers at the moment. The job opportunities available have a wide range from carpenters and nurses to welders and accounting clerks. Those who are hoping to enter into the workforce once they settle in Alaska will certainly have lots of opportunities.
Tips for Living
New homeowners in Alaska should note that the cost of living is fairly expensive. Between gas costs, food, housing, etc. it’s important to prepare and budget properly so that you are able to afford all of the basic necessities.
Plan your Transportation
Anchorage, Alaska while beautiful is a fairly spread out area. This means that walking is not always the best option when traveling from point A to point B. If possible, invest in a bus pass or bicycle to get around and only rely on walking for short distances or along trails.
Dress for Function
Anchorage has snow on the ground six months out of the year, so accessories like heels are not high on their list of must-haves. More popular styles include heavier materials, hiking boots and winter wear. The city is less about fashion and more about fashion year-round.
Take Advantage of the PFD
Residents who live in Alaska for a full calendar year are compensated with a Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD), which amounts to an average of approximately $900 per person. This can be a very useful addition to your annual budget, so keep this in mind if you’re thinking of re-locating there.
Being Safe in Alaska
According to this article from 2015, its been suggested that the 5 safest cities to live in include Sitka, Palmer, Seward, Juneau, and Ketchikan.
When moving to Alaska you should also be aware of the possible dangers out in the wild including avalanches, encounter with the wild bears, hypothermia, and the severe winter. Those who are unsure how to deal with some of these situations can refer to the Alaska Department of Natural Resources for safety tips in all of these situations.
Alaska is a beautiful state that is full of breath-taking views and lot of opportunity. Those who are considering living in this great state should consider the information provided and also consider taking a trip to Alaska to get a feel for the land and whether it is right for them.
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