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Downtown Anchorage 2006-09-10
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Notwithstanding 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.

Like 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.

Despite 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 connections.

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.

Quality-of-life statistics for Alaska

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Moving to Alaska
Fast Facts

Find a job: Finding Work in Alaska

Get a driver's license: Alaska DMV

Start a business: Alaska Division of Economic Development

Demographics : (Alaska Census Data)
Major cities: Juneau (capital), Anchorage, Nome, Kodiak, Valdez
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%

Cost 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.

Housing & 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

Schools :
see Alaska Department of Education & Early Development

Weather : 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.

Crime : see Alaska Crime Rates 1960 - 2005

also see -> Alaska Eviction Laws | Alaska Taxes

Alaska Tourist Attractions
| Christmas in Alaska


More about moving to Alaska around the Web:

Relocating 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.

FAQ 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."

Alaska Schools - Search more than 500 schools in a database featuring interactive comparisons of top rated schools by grade level and location.

Alaska Apartments - Insider tips from 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.

Alaska Real Estate, Apartments & Job Classifieds:

Anchorage : Daily News
Fairbanks : Daily News Miner
Juneau : Empire

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