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Old 12-05-2011, 06:27 PM   #1
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Hey everyone, I am considering moving to fairbanks or anchorage. Are there any natives or pdople who have lived there for a while that could inform me on anything.

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Old 12-05-2011, 07:19 PM   #2
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I'm subscribing because I'm trying to get an internship in fairbanks, I wanna hear what people have to say about it too.

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I lived in Fairbanks, AK (North Pole, AK actually) for 2 years from 2002-2004. What do you want to know?

It's hot in the summer, like low 90's, it's cold in the winter, like -40f is not uncommon. It's daylight 18 hours a day or more for about 4 months of the year, night for about 18 hours a day for another 4 months and the other 4 are pretty normal.

They have big box stores like Home Depot and Wal Mart moved in while I was there as well as Sam's Club. The weirdest thing about Fairbanks is that other than a few suburbs along the highway to Eielson AFB you go from Downtown to wilderness with only a few houses. There are few feeder towns that support Fairbanks at least nothing like Maryland which is pretty much one big suburb with some farm land.

Food is rather expensive, especiallly fresh stuff like Milk. If you can get on the military base you can save a lot on food at the commissary.

The local people are hit or miss like everywhere else but your neighbors are likely to be friendly. If your power goes out or you have a problem and it's -20f for a week straight you rely on your neighbors for help, I think everyone realizes this and people are a bit more respectful to their neighbors because of it. You'll need to get a battery blanket or oil pan heating pad for your car, don't go crazy and get 10 different heaters on every part and another one inside your car.

Gun laws are awesome. Don't be stupid and your pretty much legal (I'm no lawyer check for yourself don't take my word for it).

If your a single guy, I hope you have some charm and looks because your going to have competition. If your a single girl you can be picky.

Last and not least they call them Snow machines NOT Snowmobiles. When you go to buy one do not make this mistake or they will try to charge you more. Also, don't get a snow machine, get a 4 wheller they have a much larger window to use them. Snow machines suck when it's below 0 outside it's just painful to ride at those temperatures.


Anchroage is warmer in the winter, cooler in the summer and has more commercial places like restaurants. Cost of living might be higher but other than that I think it's a nicer town. You are still only 20 minutes from wilderness and isolation if you want to be.

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Don't know about alpha but that's about what I was looking for. How about jobs? I realize you left prior to 2008, but do you by any chance stay in contact with folks up there, or otherwise know what the work situation is? I'm majoring in forestry, looking for a job in the wildlife conservation field, and the internship I'm looking at is studying migratory water fowl.

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ii have a friend up there but i dont often get to chat with him. and most of what is said is hunting related..i believe you can take up to five caribou a season if your a resident .. lol. from what im reading i wish i was single and livin up there. hehehe

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I am intrested in becomming an alaskan state trooper. I love the cold weather and scenery. I know that domestic violence, weed, alcohol and sexual assaults are common down there. What are some othe common issues?

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Hey everyone, I am considering moving to fairbanks or anchorage. Are there any natives or pdople who have lived there for a while that could inform me on anything.

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One of the members here is from Wasilla...can't be all that different.
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Lived in Fairbanks for a couple of years, was in Juneau last Jan. Anchorage is a good sized city, 292,000. Fairbanks is a good sized town- 32,000. Anchorage gets cold in the winter- like really bad Chicago cold. Fairbanks gets COLD- like "RU freaking JOKING?!?!" Cost of living is high in Anchorage, really high in Fairbanks. Figure about 30-45% higher than, say, Phoenix AZ.

Besides cold, the truly radical changes in length of day affect some people more than others. No, is not 6 months of night- but in winter days get shorter and shorter until about early December, and pretty much comes back mid Jan. In Summer, days get longer until night pretty much goes away in June.

Yes, there are jobs, yes, economy fairly good. Do you know about Alaska income tax?

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Lived in Fairbanks for a couple of years, was in Juneau last Jan. Anchorage is a good sized city, 292,000. Fairbanks is a good sized town- 32,000. Anchorage gets cold in the winter- like really bad Chicago cold. Fairbanks gets COLD- like "RU freaking JOKING?!?!" Cost of living is high in Anchorage, really high in Fairbanks. Figure about 30-45% higher than, say, Phoenix AZ.

Besides cold, the truly radical changes in length of day affect some people more than others. No, is not 6 months of night- but in winter days get shorter and shorter until about early December, and pretty much comes back mid Jan. In Summer, days get longer until night pretty much goes away in June.

Yes, there are jobs, yes, economy fairly good. Do you know about Alaska income tax?
No Im unaware of the tax. I know theres a dividend.

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Don't know about alpha but that's about what I was looking for. How about jobs? I realize you left prior to 2008, but do you by any chance stay in contact with folks up there, or otherwise know what the work situation is? I'm majoring in forestry, looking for a job in the wildlife conservation field, and the internship I'm looking at is studying migratory water fowl.
I remember seeing some job announcements for FWS in Alaska There may also be some available in the Forest Service, or State Wildlife Parks. The National Wildlife Refuge System is a good place for research work. FWS also has a Migratory Bird Division. you could probably access them through USAJOBS - The Federal Government’s Official Jobs Site
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