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You’re moving to Alaska? Living in Alaska is a fun adventure, and I want to welcome you to the state! Here is a guide to help your while you’re moving to Alaska.
My Facebook Page, Visit Amazing Alaska, has lots of great pictures and advice. Feel free to follow me and ask questions there, or comment below.
With so many military bases in Alaska, I added info that is special for the military. With moving so often, military families moving to Alaska get a small break (Could you imagine getting a new driver’s license every 18 months?) I want to thank all the military and their family for what they do; I hope your assignment to Alaska will be a great one!
So will I live in the middle of nowhere? How many people live in Alaska?
- In 2014; there were just over 736,000 people living in Alaska. Anchorage had about 301,000 people, Fairbanks and Juneau both had about 32,000 people.
What should I expect when I move to Alaska?
- Beauty, lots and lots of beautiful mountains and wildflowers! You will also see glaciers, moose, Bald Eagles, opportunities to see whales, Dall sheep, and waterfalls!
Is it expensive to live in Alaska?
- The cost of living is high, but you also find most jobs pay better in Alaska. So it offsets the prices a bit. Shipping items to Alaska can be costly; so buy large items before moving.
- Amazon Prime has great deals and does include Alaska in their free shipping, but it often takes 10-14 days to get to Alaska unless you pay for faster shipping.
When is the best time to move to Alaska?
- May through October is ideal so you don’t track in snow and mud, or even slip on icy driveways. It is also no fun driving a large truck or trailer through Canada in the winter months.
Seriously; how cold does it get in Alaska?
- I won’t kid you, it gets cold! But if you buy proper cold weather gear, you’ll be fine! And the summers will make up for it- it is stunningly beautiful here and Alaska has reached 100 degrees near the Arctic Circle, so don’t give up hope on warmth!
I heard you have 24 hours of darkness in Alaska!
- Although there are parts of Alaska that do see 24 hours of darkness, most of Alaska has a few hours of daylight in the winter months.
How do you get to Alaska?
- You can drive to many parts of Alaska, and I HIGHLY recommend buying the Milepost. We’ve driven the Alaska Highway three times; all between Alaska and Florida. You can read more info on driving through Canada in my post about The Best Travel Tips You’ll Want To Read Immediately.
- You can take the ferry.
Registering your vehicle in Alaska
- Whether you’re working in Alaska or moving, you have 10 days to register your vehicle. If you’re temporarily working in Alaska, you have an additional 60 days.
- Military– You’re in luck; you may continue to use your registration from your last location. More info on military registration.
Do I need a new driver’s license?
- You have 90 days after moving to apply for an Alaska driver’s license. You can download the instruction manual on the Alaska DMV site.
- Military– You are welcome to keep your license from your last location. More on military driver’s licenses.
Do I need studded tires or a 4-wheel drive vehicle?
- Unless you live on the side of a mountain or live away from the city; probably not! Just drive careful, and maybe invest in some good winter tires.
How do I register to vote?
- You can register online or by paper.
Do you really get paid to live in Alaska?
- Well, yes and no! There is the Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) that pays Alaska residents each year. Here are past payouts.
- Here are the requirements for the PFD.
- Military– Here is your PFD information.
How do I find a job?
- Here is the Alaska Job Center Network.
How can I start a business in Alaska?
- All the information can be found online.
Do you love hunting or Fishing?
If so; you’re in luck! Alaska is a sportsman’s dream! Whether you like Salmon, Halibut, Moose, or Caribou; we have something for you! Homer, Alaska is the “Halibut Fishing Capital of the World!” You can learn more about licenses here.
What fun things can I do in Alaska?
- Fishing- summer and winter!
- Golf- traditional and ice golf.
- Hiking- glaciers, trails, and mountains
- Viewing the Northern Lights and Midnight sun
- Photographing- eagles, bears, whales, mountains, waterfalls, and wildflowers!
- Long drives which are great for sightseeing.
I hope this answered a few questions about moving to Alaska. Feel free to connect with me if you have further questions.