Moving to Alaska

Discussion in 'Survival & Sustenance Living Forum' started by Alpha1Victor, Dec 5, 2011.

  1. Alpha1Victor

    Alpha1Victor New Member

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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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  2. trip286

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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.
     

  3. Yunus

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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.
     
  4. trip286

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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.
     
  5. jjfuller1

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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
     
  6. Alpha1Victor

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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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  7. Jpyle

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    One of the members here is from Wasilla...can't be all that different.
     
  8. c3shooter

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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?
     
  9. Alpha1Victor

    Alpha1Victor New Member

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    No Im unaware of the tax. I know theres a dividend.

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  10. ViNoM

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    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
     
  11. c3shooter

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    Reverse Income Tax- they pay you. $1,174 for 2011. No sales tax from state (some cities have one) and no personal income tax. Called Personal Dividend Fund.
     
  12. Rex in OTZ

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    Living in Alaska

    Ive been state for a bit, the only thing cheap in Alaska is talk.
    I came to work in the arctic with no expectations, so far Ive never been disappointed.
    Be prepaird to deal with strange people, long winters, harsh weather'
    [ame]http://youtu.be/0_50yeUtwgg[/ame]
    Dont be too surprised to see stuff that'd get you arrested or ticketd down states happening right in front of you, the aroma of pot waifting out some old grannies home is quite common, teenagers on a 4 wheeler pulling a wheelie in the parking lot of the Alaska Commercial Company is also normal, you might as well decide right now that the Alaskan driving experence is 100% defensive driving, be prepaired at all times.
    Water Trucks delivering water in (1989 Barrow water was $.39/gal deliverd), Honey Buckets and bagging your own waste? you bethttp://youtu.be/3jiY1pdmKAA
    http://youtu.be/Kfhd-tnY3YM
    its normal in areas outside of urban centers for childern to in streets, toddlers will be playing with ther Tonka trucks right on a State maintained road.
    Keep in mind that cute little native chick at the bar giving you the com-on eye's, You may just might want to steer clear of.
    [ame]http://youtu.be/MhPJHsFLB6g[/ame]
    [ame]http://youtu.be/wmDlbjqUVww[/ame]
    Public Access - General Index Search
    Great odds she's had run-in's with the law since middle school and has 3-4 kids living at grandmas, your fresh meat (like chum in shark infested waters) the new Sugar Daddy ticket out of where she is.
    we have a high per capata of domestic violence, (female on male is violence quite prevalant)
    says today theres 39 registerd sex offenders/ kidnappers in my town of 3400today.
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    lands are either public and ministerd by BLM/National Park Service/US Fish & Wildlife Service, State Land's
    or its privately ownd allotments and Native Corporation Lands
    all them you should get permission to use or buy a use permit, some native Corporations will lease camp land to you for soft (No trace when done)
    any place you can find good or bad if your looking(dont turn blind eye either)
    Off road system travel is by Air, Land or Sea, winter travel is by sno-go reguardless of what the fair weather poster before said, somtines you have to ride staked trail for 3 hours at -27F wind in your face if you want to travel.
    Rural Alaska blog: The Village | adn.com
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  13. Sonic82

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    Been all over Alaska...from Nome to Kodiak Island. Beautiful, expensive and many odd ducks live there. Many mainstream folks as well. Everyone has a gun...so bring yours. Watch 'Alaska State Troopers'...I think it accurately portrays Alaska...lot's of drinking, drugs and wild kids. But don't let that discourage you. It's a big place and you'll find your corner ;)
     
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    Don't forget to take that Sarah Palin native with ya`! ;)
     
  17. Sonic82

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    hey..cut her some slack.. she's a hottie :p:p
     
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  18. Rex in OTZ

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    SP and the Alaskan experence

    Sarah is a nice lady, was a good mayor, when it came time to hit the poll booth I didnt choose her, I didnt think she had the experence and back ground to bring on her A game, Her first trem as Gov fizzled, I was disappointed she couldent even finish the term, allot of Alaskans felt she just bailed on us (check ADN blogs).
     
  19. jyo

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    My friends who live in Alaska all seem to have two or more jobs each year because of the changing seasons---some stay only in spring, summer and fall then come south for the winter. Anchorage is the big city for those who must live in the big city---just not that big. Homer is called the "Banana Belt" because of the somewhat warmer weather. Fairbanks is really pretty small and VERY cold in the winter. Finially, you have the southern cities and capitol---reached pretty much by ship---most are just towns rather than cities. Alaska can be an adventure---oh, and bring your own girl---you won't see too many single ladies...
     
  20. Reaper61

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    I am stationed out of Ft Wainwright (aka Fairbanks) since 2009 so I guess I can put in my two cents. Gas is expensive, so is milk and fresh produce. Gun Laws are amazing, and last I checked you do not need a permit to concealed carry. Fairbanks has a better hospital than the Army base. If you are interested in sports there is an Arena Football League team in both Anchorage and Fairbanks, but the big sport up here is hockey. University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) mens hockey was in the top ten for college hockey last year. Hope you already have a wife/GF because not a lot of single women plus Army and Air Force Base close by = stiff competition. The summers are freakin awesome, the winters are freakin horrible. IF YOU RENT A HOUSE/APARTMENT UP HERE MAKE SURE YOUR LANDLORD PAYS FOR HEATING OIL!!!!!!!!! I can't stress that enough...the stuff gets really pricey in the winter especially!!!! Both Fairbanks and Anchorages Army Brigades are deployed right now, but Fairbanks is due back after break-up. Bring your own truck and your own gun cause prices on those can be expensive especially since an entire Brigade of the 25th ID is due back from Afghanistan and the dealerships and stores are going to raise their prices to try and get some of that deployment money. I like it in Alaska and Fairbanks is just the right size for me and the family. Hope this helps you make your decision.