Photo: Eklunta Lake - Under an hour from Anchorage

Discovering and Moving to Alaska

Moving to Alaska

History, Geography, Housing, and Alaska Resources

Although the image typically depicting Alaska as being a small appendage of the lower 48 (most often reduced in size on most US maps for feasible reasons) By far, Alaska is the largest state of the Union being double the area of Texas. Similar to Texas, chief industries include Alaska's famous oil pipeline, along with tourism which provides visitors a unique perspective (so far) at America's still pristine wilderness. Lodges, hotels, travel tours and in particular cruises to the Alaska's famously beautiful Inside Passage still create a booming tourist trade during the summer.

In spite of enduring beliefs that Alaska is rural, expensive and cold, (or everyone lives in an igloo) daytime temperatures can get into the 90's in the summertime in southern Alaska. In the meantime, the larger cities continue to provide incentives to major companies for relocating here. resulting in an expanding job market. A well-kept transportation infrastructure to the south, together with highly developed fast Internet connections assist in this growth. As a somewhat short growing season precludes any major agricultural industry, food is continues to cost more than food in the other 48 states, as generally do consumer goods.

Vitus Bering a Dane working for the Russians, and Alexei Chirikov discovered the Alaskan mainland and the Aleutian Islands in 1741. The tremendous land mass of Alaska—equal to one-fifth of the continental U.S.—was unexplored in 1867 when Secretary of State William Seward arranged for its purchase from the Russians for $7,200,000. The transfer of the territory took place on Oct. 18, 1867. Despite a price of about two cents an acre, the purchase was widely ridiculed as “Seward's Folly.” The first official census (1880) reported a total of 33,426 Alaskans, all but 430 being of aboriginal stock. The Gold Rush of 1898 resulted in a mass influx of more than 30,000 people. Since then, Alaska has contributed billions of dollars' worth of products to the U.S. economy.

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Eklutna Lake Alaska
Juneau Alaska
Skagway Alaska

Climate

Demography
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  • Education
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    Flora and Fauna
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  • Government

    Health Care

    Sports
    There are no professional sports teams in Alaska, but several minor league and semi-professional teams play in Alaska, especially in Anchorage.
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    Transportation
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  • Alaska Housing and Real Estate

    Alaska Cities & Towns:
    As one of the United States' minimum populated nations, it's nothing unexpected that Alaska doesn't have a single city with an huge population. The whole state, in spite of being the biggest state in the nation, hasn't achieved one million occupants as far as aggregate population. It's largest populated city, Anchorage, has a populace that hasn't yet reached 300,000. That city is the only one that has a populace that surpasses 100,000. There are only two cities that have populaces that range in the vicinity of 10,000 and 100,000 individuals: Juneau and Fairbanks.

    There is a total of 148 incorporated cities in Alaska. These are separated into the accompanying groups: four home rule together home administer districts, ten home rule areas, nineteen first class cities, and 115 second class urban communities. With a specific end goal to be delegated a home rule or first class city, Alaska law directs that a city must have no less than 400 occupants. The incorporated urban communities of Alaska cover a little more than 2% of the state's aggregate land region, yet more than 69% of the populace lives inside these territories. A large portion of the state's consolidated urban communities fall among the four unified home rule districts.

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