the image which depicts Alaska as a small appendage
to the lower 48 (usually foreshortened on US maps for practical purposes)
Alaska is by far the biggest state in the Union and twice
the size of Texas.
main industries include its famous oil pipeline, as well as
tourism that offers visitors a unique look at America's (so far) still pristine wilderness. Hotels, lodges, travel tours and especially cruises to the famously beautiful Alaskan Inside Passage still make for a booming summer tourist trade.
enduring notions that Alaska is expensive, cold and rural,
(or that everyone lives in igloos) temperatures may reach into the 90's during the summer in the southern part of the state. Meanwhile, the bigger cities continue
to offer incentives for major companies to relocate here.
The result is a growing job market, a well-maintained transportation
infrastructure in the south, along with vastly improved high speed Internet
As a short growing season prohibits a major farming industry, food is still more expensive than in the lower 48, as are consumer goods generally.
Major cities: Juneau (capital), Anchorage, Nome, Kodiak,
Population : 670,053
White : 70.5%
American Indian & Native Alaskan : 16%:
Black, African American : 3.7%
Hispanic : 5.1%
High school graduates : 88.3%
Bachelor's degree or higher : 24.7%
of Living: With generally cold climate and distance from
the lower 48 states,
Alaska has historically been one of the most expensive states
in which to live.
However, this is now changing around major
cities like Fairbanks and Anchorage, where major store
chains like Wal-Mart, Costco and Barnes & Noble have
helped bring prices down. However, rural Alaskans continue
to pay inordinately high prices for food and consumer goods.
As Alaska's economy is mainly fueled by oil production,
prospective workers in that industry as well as government
employees and others are generally lured to the state with
high pay rates and generous cost of living allowances.
Personal Income Taxes: Alaska depends primarily on petroleum revenues and is one of only a handful states (Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming among them) that does not levy an individual income tax. Alaska also does not collect any sales tax. Some of its cities and other local jurisdictions, however, do collect sales tax revenue.
& Real Estate Overview : also see Zillow
- Alaska Real Estate Home ownership rate : 62.5%
Average home price: $301,380
Average travel time to work : 19.6 minutes
: Alaska usually evokes images of the Arctic, but the
climate is quite variable and changes dramatically by location,
from warm and rainy in the southeast (with temps reaching
into the 90's during the summer) to generally cool and
mild in the south central region. The weather only becomes
truly polar in the extreme north, with its infamously long,
cold winters and cool, short summers.
to Alaska -
Comprehensive portal from the Alaska Department of Labor and
Workforce Development with information on cost of living,
housing & apartment rentals, city comparisons & salary
calculators, weather facts, and links to online community forums for more information.
About Living in or Moving to Alaska - Resident artist
Elise Tomlinson answers visitors' questions on various topics
including the dating scene, shopping, cost of living, things
to do in urban and rural Alaska, plus a complete illustrated
essay on "100 Things I Love About Living in Alaska."
Schools - Search more than 500 schools in a database
featuring interactive comparisons of top rated schools by
grade level and location.
Apartments - Insider tips from Rent.com on what to
expect, where to explore in the three main cities, plus an
interactive tool to search for apartments by city, number
of bedrooms and price range.