by Dan Wolf
on Thursday, July 10th, 2014 at 3:51pm.
Many have dreamed of moving to Alaska and settling down in the “Last Frontier”, the land of opportunity, a young state with an unspoiled wilderness. That is actually a more realistic plan than a dream when you learn of the down-to-earth statistics that can make your vision come true.
Anchorage, Alaska's largest city, is where more than half of Alaska’s population lives. It is almost the size of Delaware, is on the shores of Cook Inlet and at the foot of the Chugach mountain range, is the hub of south central Alaska, has the most job openings, is a tight-knit community with a taste for adventure, and is a vibrant and carefree lifestyle town where professionals going to a black-tie event mix with a moose strolling down the street!
New residents are welcome in Anchorage because it has traditionally been a community of newcomers with the city itself only having existed since 1915. There are almost 100 languages spoken within the community, and Native peoples with rich cultures and spectacular tribal gatherings abound. Anchorage is home to nearly 50,000 Alaska Native people.
The cost of living is affordable, relatively reasonable, and is actually significantly less expensive than many cities in the “Lower 48.” Commuter cities are only 20 to 30 miles outside of Anchorage and you don’t even have to sit on a freeway for long periods of time to get to the city.
Whether you are looking to buy, rent or build, your dream home, for the same price as in other metropolitan cities, could possibly include more than ample square footage, plenty of acreage, and incredible views.
What are the employment chances? They are excellent in a steady economy with a variety of jobs normally available including everything from aircraft cargo handling to government jobs, teachers, bus drivers, retail positions, and the numerous jobs available in the always busy oil, energy, mining and timber fields. So, whether you just want summer seasonal work in a motel or resort or are planning for a life commitment perhaps in the fast-growing health care or technology industries, there’s plenty of opportunity.
The federal MATURE ALASKANS SEEKING SKILLS TRAINING (MASST) promotes community service employment for unemployed low-income individuals who are age 55 or older who may have poor employment prospects. It provides job training and helps Alaska to retain the valuable resources of older workers.
Top all that off with the facts that the Annual Permanent Fund Dividend enables each eligible resident to receive a yearly dividend, Alaska has the lowest taxes in the United States, and it is one of just a few states without a statewide sales tax.
You can step on a glacier, fly out to Mount McKinley, or cruise through Prince William Sound. In addition, for FREE you can visit parks everywhere including the nearby Denali Park and Kenai Fjords. Alaska boasts about its world-class wild salmon fishing, hunting, skiing, rafting, snow machining, sledding, ice skating, hiking, biking and so much more. For more information on Anchorage, please visit our website or contact us.