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Anonymous asked in TravelUnited StatesOther - United States · 1 month ago

Why would anyone move to Alaska with long, cold, dark winters and it's enormous living costs, ie - house prices in Juneau averaging $542,436?

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And sky high food prices due to there not being many farms. 

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  • 3 weeks ago

    Some people like the fact that you can carry concealed weapons without need for a permit.

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  • 1 month ago

    Marketing has a lot to do with Alaska, Colorado, and Florida in the US and Alaska promotes itself more than any national political campaign. Where these states get this kind of money for tourism is a 'taxpayer' crime! The media backs it up with 'rugged' living off the grid TV shows (with Wall Marts an hour from home). Now let's get serious. The best deals for young people today are across the coastal mountains east of there in BC and Yukon. This area is where you want to be if under 40 and a rugged individualist. Build a homestead on free land and conservative gun laws. So what, so you have to live in Canada.  They just can't market like the US.

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  • 1 month ago

    Maybe they think Alaska is pretty.

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  • 1 month ago

    Lots of land, permanent fund dividends, snowmobiling, moose hunting, and other recreational opportunities.

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  • Andrew
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    1 month ago

    If you were to stop and think about it for a moment, I'm sure that you'd realise that the factors that make a state a desirable place to live and those that make a state an undesirable place to live are bound to vary from one person to the next. 

    Alaska is a massive, massive state. There's a considerable amount of variety to be found from one part of the state to the next. When people who have never visited Alaska before picture Alaska, they tend to picture Alaska as being a dark, dreary, bleak, cold place, and some parts of the state do fit that description, but not the entire state, and even those parts that do get dark and dreary and bleak and cold tend to have at least a short span of time when things are not like that. 

    Firstly, you ask why anybody would want to move there. Well, there are several industries that employ a good number of people in Alaska. The US government is the largest employer in the state, but people that hold government jobs or work for companies that are contracted out by the US government are doing all kinds of different jobs. 

    After the US government, there are plenty of people working in health care, tourism, and in the oil, natural gas, timber/forestry, and fishing industries. 

    Obviously, Alaska has a much higher cost of living than most other US states, but salaries tend to be higher because of that. Considering what rents and real estate prices are in Alaska, not to mention the prices for things like petrol and utilities and groceries, people couldn't live on the meagre incomes that one could get by on in the Lower 48. 

    Add to all this the fact that because Alaska has a relatively small population, yet is so immense in size, the population density is extremely low. The bulk of the population lives in and around only a few corners of the state. It's estimated that there are around 740,000 people in Alaska. About 300,000 live in Anchorage, that's roughly 40% of the total. Another 65,000 live in the next two largest cities, so roughly 50% of the state lives in or around Anchorage, Juneau and Fairbanks. But many of the cities and towns in Alaska are isolated from one another. There are few roads, no passenger railroads and even the ferries only run locally, so people can't travel from their own part of the state to any of the other regions without going by air. This means that it's really not feasible to live in one part of the state and work in another, which is something that separates Alaska from practically all the other states. 

    People need to live where they earn their money, and people will only live in those areas where salaries are decent and can support a decent standard of living. Yes, home prices are astronomical in Alaska in general, but there are places where they're not as pricey, it's just that the cheaper homes are not as desirable - namely because they are situated too far away from decent jobs. If you want to buy a sizable home in the middle of nowhere in Alaska, you could find something for a fair price, but it would have to be a vacation home, a hunting cabin, or a retirement home because you wouldn't be commuting to a job from there. In fact, you might not even be able to get to a major centre of habitation from there, depending on which part of the state the land happens to be located in. 

    Why would somebody want to move to Alaska? Well, perhaps that person happens to be really enamoured with the wilderness, loves nature, and wants to get away from the hustle and bustle of city living. Perhaps that person wants to be able to hunt or fish or hike or climb without having to travel a great distance. Perhaps that person wants fresh, clean air, pristine rivers and lakes, breathtaking scenery, to be surrounded by a magnificent silence. Or maybe that person happens to have impressive education credentials or valuable work experience in a field that's very desirable in Alaska. That person might be in oil, or have a lot of experience with fishing boats, or be some type of engineer. One could make a lot of money in Alaska with the right degree or relevant work experience. 

    When I was up near Juneau years ago, it was the very beginning of the summer and I was out at a lake with some people. It wasn't particularly warm - in fact, it was probably spring weather for the rest of the country, but people were swimming and acting as though it was a sweltering hot day. Alaskans are hardy folk, that's for sure. 

    And they also have a sense of camaraderie and community. They have to. They need to be able to rely on one another. So they do. It was actually really moving to see the way they interacted with one another. People from Texas may have a bond that others can't understand, people from places like New Hampshire and Iowa and Mississippi are pretty much the same. But the bond between people from Alaska is stronger and deeper than that. Some people might want to build a life there just to have that. 

    Lastly, the United States conquered the continent. The US stretches from east to west, from sea to shining sea. But there's still some sense of mystery, of opportunity, of promise in Alaska that can't be found in such a tangible form anyplace else. People from the farmlands and the mountains flock to New York and Los Angeles to live their dreams, but for people who don't really know what they're looking for, people who just want to try to make it in a place where very few people ever try to make it might be inclined to head to Alaska. 

    Those are some of the reasons why someone might want to move there. 

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  • Daniel
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Because it's beautiful up here.

    Because maybe people like to do winter activities.

    Because summer isn't God awful hot (well, except this year) and you have daylight for nearly the entire day to fish or do anything else you want outside.

    Also, Juneau isn't the only city in the state.  It doesn't have any land--it's wedged between mountains and glaciers on one side and the ocean on the other.  Of course land there is expensive.  There are plenty of affordable homes in the Anchorage and Fairbanks areas as well as other parts of the state.

    Also, there are farms in Alaska, just not that many and most of them in the Matanuska Valley.  Food prices vary a lot depending on where you live.  They aren't really that bad in the Anchorage area or even the rest of the road system.

    Source(s): Live in Alaska and love it
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  • 1 month ago

    La la7ale and he was heart 8

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