Moving to Alaska? Here are 9 different places that are extra special. From more forgiving climates to the ease of living closer to the hustle and bustle of town, these are some of the best places to live, but to be honest, anywhere you go is the best place to hang your hat. All of Alaska is spectacular, but if you’re a bit picky or don’t know where to start, these cities and communities offer a wide range of the Alaskan experience!
1) Eagle River
People love Eagle River because of its family oriented communities and proximity to Anchorage. If it weren't part of the Municipality of Anchorage, it would be considered one of the five largest cities in Alaska. Eagle River is a great, safe community to live in only minutes from the city.
Alaska's Capital is another great place to establish your roots. With a very high percentage of government jobs and the maritime climate, Juneau is a very wonderful place to live. Being located in the pan handle of Alaska, Juneau experiences milder winters by Alaskan standards with the average temperature in January being 23 degrees!
Anchorage is the largest town in Alaska and by far the most well known. With all the perks of city life, adventure and exploration are still at your fingertips just minutes from town. Consider living in Anchorage if you don't want to feel too cut off from the outside.
Girdwood is a quaint little ski town just outside of Anchorage. Living here is like living on a resort where recreation is available all year long. From incredible skiing in the winter, awesome hiking and biking in the summer, the town of Girdwood is a great, smaller community to settle down in if you're all about getting outdoors and still remaining somewhat close to the city.
Wasilla is farther out the George Park Hwy than Eagle River and is a popular commuting town for people who work in Anchorage. Eagle River has grown significantly over the years and is the sixth largest city in Alaska. The days here are significantly warmer than those of Anchorage because of its location farther inland. Consider moving to Wasilla if you don't want to be in a big city but still have easy access to your basic amenities.
Seward is a very popular tourist destination due to its port. The two lucrative industries for Seward are tourism and fishing. If you're all about bike friendly cities then Seward is for you, there is a bike path that goes all the way through town out towards the outskirts of the bay. Though it may be a smaller town it offers incredible opportunities to get outside due to its proximity to the Kenai Fjords National Park.
Fairbanks is the second largest city in Alaska but it gets MUCH colder than Anchorage in the winter, and much warmer in the summer months. The change in temperatures is mainly due to its subarctic climate. Fairbanks is a great city to consider relocating to, especially considering its median income of $55,409.
The "city" of Sitka is located on the Westernmost side of Baranoff Island. The maritime climate results in plenty of perspiration and very mild winters. Sitka is a beautiful place to live and experience Alaska. There are endless opportunities for adventure and exploration around Baranoff Island and the friendly community will have you feeling at home in no time!
Ketchikan is the Southernmost city in Alaska and its economy thrives on tourism and the fishing industry. The median family income is a whopping $68,431 and unlike much of the rest of Alaska, it never gets too cold. The climate remains mild all year long with plenty of rain. Ketchikan is surrounded by the Tongass National Forest so it's impossible not to experience the amazing Alaskan wilderness if this is where you chose to settle down.
Where do you live in Alaska, and what makes it great? Let me know in the comments.