Should we move to Alaska?

United States

#43 Aug 20, 2006
Forgot to mention that hubby wants our property to boarder on some sort of water - lake/river... thanks

Fairbanks, AK

#44 Aug 21, 2006
Move to Homer.

Richmond, VA

#45 Aug 22, 2006
I'd like to move to the Willow area, however, I need to know how far I'd have to go to work I am and ER RN. ANyone have any suggestions.

United States

#46 Aug 22, 2006
Moved here to Anchorage a couple years ago...every time I go back "home" to the Pacific NW, I miss it desperately -- I miss the culture, the weather, the people, the ease of travel (it's so hard to get around from up here without a small fortune to blow). But every time I fly back into AK and see the mountains and the water and the incredible power of this place, I shed all my lower-48-nostalgia very very quickly. This is an amazing place.

But it's definitely not for everyone. Lots of people I've met up here -- whether city slickers or outdoorsy types, young or old -- have a very hard time here and wind up feeling trapped. The politics consist of small-town nepotism and gossip, the "wild west" mentality has a firm grip on the public, even in Anchorage. Kids who grow up here often feel stuck and want to leave once they turn 18. The money always seems to be tight, and the pure hellish logistics of moving anywhere besides Anchorage or Fairbanks are prohibitive for people with what would be, in the lower 48, a reasonable income level.

Don't move here before you visit, I beg you. It may seem like a dream, but be sure you've confronted the reality before you commit. It will be very hard to extract yourself if you do commit, especially with family and a mortgage. So check it out first -- make sure you want the reality of Alaska, not the daydream. I love it, but I don't know if I can stay more than a few years. A lot of people don't love it. So look before you leap.
home alone

United States

#47 Aug 23, 2006
If you want to work as an ER RN you will need to live near a hospital so that kinda narrows your choices down. Anchorage has some hospitals, Wasilla just got a new one, Fairbanks has one, and I'm pretty sure theres one on the penninsula. About 30 years ago my cousin got sick in Sitka and had to be flown to Canada but there must be a hospital around there by now. I'd do a search and find the hospitals, see what the odds are of getting hired and where and visit one of those places first. You might find a job easily but I gotta' tell you there are carpenters all over the place. Your husband might have a tougher time. But they are building all over too, at least in the Anchorage area. And if you live close enough to the Anchorage hospitals to be able to afford to drive to work you are going to most likely be in 'town'. And if you luck out and find isolation around there it will be gone in a few years. As for living off the land, well you still might want to go to the dentist, or have a chainsaw and some gas or get new shoes once in a while so you really better try to make employment of some kind a top priority.

Richmond, VA

#48 Aug 23, 2006
Thanks, I don't have anyone but myself, so close enough to a hospital is the only priority I have...that and being able to kayak somewhere close by. I was trying to avoid the congested city life that is so prevelent in the lower 48. I notice tons of travel nurse ads for all parts of Alaska, since temp help is usually a write-off for hospitals, lots of ads doesn't always mean there are lots of jobs ( full time , with benefits ). I have talked with the State Board of Nursing, but would rather get info from locals. Thank You to all who answered.


#49 Aug 26, 2006

United States

#50 Aug 26, 2006
Thanks to those of you who responded... We've got a lot to do before we could possibly go up there, so lots of time to research. We are actually thinking about selling the house, clearing up our debts, then saving money for a year or two so that we can take an extended vacation up in AK without worry about money, then we'll come back down to the lower 48 (east Tennessee Mtns most likely). We'll see how it goes. ;-)
Happy in E TN

Wade, NC

#51 Aug 28, 2006
TO ADVENTURER: my husband and I retired to the mountains of east TN from Long Island about 5 yrs ago. Our daughter left college to follow her then boyfriend to Alaska, where he got a job working on the pipelines original construction. She experienced many long, cold, lonely,poor times (terrified of the bears scratching at the door while her husband was away working and she sat in the one room log cabin, no phone,no electric,no car, in a chair facing the door fearing the bear would knock the door down searching for food, as she held the rifle under one arm and the baby in the other)during those first couple of years. Now
many years and 3 children later, she loves it there and says what an absolutely wonderful place to bring up children and didn't think she would ever consider leaving Alaska (they live in Palmer, in the Matsu Valley). She grows a small garden in her yard, in which she says(and I've seen photos) of rhubarb growing 4ft tall, cabbage 3ft circumference, butterfly bush 7ft tall loaded with flowers and butterflies(I was surprised to find that they even had butterflies in Alaska).
Then about 2 yrs ago she came to visit us here in the TN mts and fell in love, again. She went back to Alaska and is working on the house to put up for sale and reading ads for Johnson County TN to make a switch!!!!(So much for true love, haha)
If there are any specific ? you have on either Alaska or NE TN just put them on a post here and we'll do our best to help. Good luck. P.S. from what she says there is lots of property with water,(most of which is so cold you wouldn't want to swim in it even in the summer and so frigid in the winter that you would be dead in about 3 min. if you were to fall in)

Norfolk, VA

#52 Aug 29, 2006
wow i am shocked at the idiot level of conversation on here with some. it really shows the stupidity level of some people. everyone is entitled to an opinion but pleas an intelligent one at best. this is meant to give honest opinions and experiences not trash Alaska. If you dont like where you live move so the rest of us can live idiot free.
Laurel Moon Keogh

United States

#53 Sep 1, 2006
FairbanksGuy-FairbanksAk wrote:
<quoted text>
Don't listen to this fbks girl Alaska is a great place and we hope to see ya here soon LOL a Fbks guy
Hey Fairbanks guy, I would love to move to Alaska as a fantasy, but I have to agree with fbks girl on this one..... I think you would love to have more folks move there....after all misery loves company.(Sourdough!! hehehe LMAO)
Laurel Moon Keogh

United States

#54 Sep 1, 2006
Actually they screwed up on here, I am from Atlanta, GA!! Not NYC! Puh---leeez!

Juneau, AK

#55 Sep 1, 2006
Some interesting and (some, anyway) insightful comments. My bit is that I lived in Juneau for 14 years (moved from southwest Virginia in 1989), and now live near Anchorage, and work in town.

Juneau is a great community, and the access to the water is so easy (ditto almost anywhere in southeast). But as one person said, when it's clear it's beautiful (I've climbed all over the world and have never seen a more beautiful area), but it just ain't clear all that often. Winter can be quite depressing, and I've seen a lot of relationships break up over the go/stay decision. Also for you down south folks, I often say that I traded fresh vegetables for fresh seafood. You'll also give up spring and fall--southeast just doesn't have those seasons like people are used to down south.

Anchorage is really "lighter" despite being further north, because it is more open, and less cloudy. The snow cover in winter also helps in that regard. But I miss the easy access to the water (i.e., taking the kayak or skiff out after work...)

I don't plan to stay in Anchorage (too big), just till I'm through with the current job. I have enjoyed some of what the city has to offer (music, plays, great pubs, etc.), but my wife and I plan to settle in Homer. It's on the water like Juneau, but with far better weather. And, you can relatively easily "escape" up to the city if you really want to.

Now I have a question to throw out here. We are just starting to look at real estate in the Homer area. I've looked at a couple of FSBO homes, and they are asking 30-50% more than the assessment. I know the market is hot in Homer, but is it THAT hot?
Relco in Valdez AK

Fairbanks, AK

#56 Sep 2, 2006
Typical Anchorage Punk! Like Anchorage is some cultural center of life. Gangs violence, drunks, tralier parks galore, and it is about 40 miles from Alaska.
Bob Lobster is an idiot. Sounds like a typical moron who moves up from the lower 48 and thinks Anchorage is the center of the universe. Sit and spin, a-hole.
Bob Lobster wrote:
I remember my first trip to Valdez Alaska. The only other town I had lived in Alaska before visiting Valdez had been Anchorage, and after visiting Valdez, I was literally floored!!! The water was really green and pure, lots of nature, etc. but HOLY FECKIN JEZUS!!! It was a dump of a town as far as any culture goes... Unless a beer joint is your idea of higher culture, you better pick a town you can actually find someone educated enough to hold a conversation with, and then visit the pristene nature sites from your vehicle on weekends... That's the way the educated folks up here do it... Good luck!
sarah from new york

Poughkeepsie, NY

#57 Sep 6, 2006
HI oK my boyfriend and I just came into some money from a motorcycle accident. We are ready to move and buy land. He works for Harley davidson i have my own business painting houses. My son is 5. I always have wanted to move to Alaska, smoky mtns, or costa rica i know 3 totally different places anyways we have been looking at land and finding it to be very cheap 10 acres with a cabin under $40,000 for most listings. I grew up in the air force and lived on the maine /canadian border where we would wake up and so much snow had fallen that your front door wouldnt open. moose and bear roamed everywhere. We have been doing alot of research and we are very outdoors kinda people our idea of vacation is either bristol nascar race or hiking the highest peaks of mtns in the states. Hunting we both do. MY question is to the natives and to the people who did the 360 is Is it like living in nyc with woods or can we live In a cabin off a dirt road in the woods an hour away from work (below south of anchorage) have agarden hunt for our meat grocery shop bill $100 a week I mean since reading all of these it sounds like Alaska isn pure or pioneering or how life should really be or is it. we want a change , im going back to school for forest ranger work and hes sticking with harley can we make a living there or do you have to have to be a trust fund baby to be cozy?
sarah from new york

Poughkeepsie, NY

#58 Sep 6, 2006
oh and although i am gungho about moving there and very passionate - while doing my research the only concern i had was the earth quakes. How bad are they ? California earthquakes or new york earthquakes?
Remote Alaska Mom

Sand Point, AK

#60 Sep 6, 2006
Kate wrote:
Thanks, I don't have anyone but myself, so close enough to a hospital is the only priority I have...that and being able to kayak somewhere close by. I was trying to avoid the congested city life that is so prevelent in the lower 48. I notice tons of travel nurse ads for all parts of Alaska, since temp help is usually a write-off for hospitals, lots of ads doesn't always mean there are lots of jobs ( full time , with benefits ). I have talked with the State Board of Nursing, but would rather get info from locals. Thank You to all who answered.
There is a definite need for nurses, midlevels, and health aids ALL over Alaska. Check out Dutch Harbor, they have a hospital. King Cove and Sand Point have BRAND New clinics and a definite need for health care providers. Also, absolutely beautiful islands, great hiking, although they are pretty remote. We love living here in Sand Point. I would post the clinic number, but am being told that is not allowed. So how about a website to help you find the number? , that is our radio station here and info board. They could direct you to the right people if you are interested in living and working in the Aleutian Islands. God bless your quest.
Orange Blossom

Delta Junction, AK

#61 Sep 8, 2006
My family has recently moved to Alaska, and we've been here for approximately 2 months. We live on Fort Greely, and it is about 90 miles south of Fairbanks. My advice to you is visit before you move. We are stationed up here, so we have no choice, and it was a real shock when we arrived. The town that's next to our base is Delta Junction, and when we arrived... I cried. We drove the entire way up from Florida and we were expecting so much more of Delta Junction. When you watch shows about Alaska, they only show you the majesty. Sure nature is beautiful, but some of the people here are the pits. They don't take kindly to outsiders if you know what I mean. The majority of the people were helpful, but others were just blatantly rude. Maybe it's just my southern upbringing, but I wasn't prepared for the in your face rudeness that some of the locals provided.
I love the outdoors, but I never really realized just how much one comes to rely on civilization. My fears were somewhat quelled when we took our first drive to Fairbanks.....Civilization at last! I had never been so glad to see a McDonald's, and I hate fast food.
We are slowly becoming accustomed to the way things get done around here.
If you don't live in Fairbanks or Anchorage, then don't expect lower 48 quality or comforts. They are truly few and far between.
A couple of people have made comments that you should stay where you are and not move to Alaska. I say come on up! Bring your friends! Please..........Quickly.....LO L
(whispered)bring McDonald's!

United States

#62 Sep 9, 2006
Happy in E TN:

I just now saw your comment! What a small world.:)

We lived in Erwin and Unicoi, and certainly talk LOTS about moving back. Most of our best friends still live there (and many in "J.C.").

We are prepping the house for sale right now and getting ready to start saving for an adventure! We also just found out that I'm expecting our second baby, so the plan may take longer to come about but we're still thinking about AK - Palmer area actually! Or maybe Montana...

Anyhow, I'd love to be able to contact you with ?s. Wondering if you still check back here?

United States

#63 Sep 13, 2006
Stay on the road system, Homer, Kenai,Seward, Soldotna, are good places to live. DO NOT live in the bush, especially if you have children, as the schools are garbage. In Alaska private schools are the only way to go. College, should be attended out of the state, as UAF(Usually always fake). I have been in Alaska for over 30 years. I would not reccomend it to anybody. ALASKA IS THE WORLD'S LARGEST BABY SITTING CENTER, WHERE STUPIDITY, DRUNKENESS,AND IRRESPONSIBILITY IS REWARDED 1

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