Alaska, Land of the Midnight Sun and America’s Last Frontier, has the ability to lure those seeking a different way of life. Its beautiful wilderness, abundant wildlife and exhilarating winter weather aren’t for everyone, but they are a dream for people who want room to spread out. With more square miles than any other state and a population of less than a million people, Alaskans aren’t crowded into their neighborhoods, which is what makes the state attractive to many seeking space and privacy. But privacy is just one good reason to consider moving to Alaska – here are four more that make the idea so attractive.
Moving to Alaska means a slower pace of life compared to living in the lower 48, especially outside the bigger cities of Anchorage, Juneau and Fairbanks. But even if you move to one of these major cities, you’ll find the pace of work and play slow enough that you can always find a few spare minutes to stop and smell the pine needles.
The weather can be harsh and the days long, which brings Alaskans together to help each other when times are tough, and to celebrate the good times. Even for residents living in remote areas, Alaskans generally live as tight-knit communities. Whether or not you know anyone when you first move to Alaska, rest assured that your community will become your extended family.
Wherever you go, you have a front row seat to Alaska’s stunning wilderness. Mountains, forests the ocean and rivers offer ample opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts who like to walk on the wild side. Hunting, fishing, trekking, hiking, kayaking… the most beautiful backdrops for outdoor activities you can imagine are just a hop, skip, and a jump from wherever you are.
If you plan to become a permanent resident of Alaska you may actually get paid to live there thanks to the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend Program. To be eligible for a payment from the state you’ll need to establish residency by getting a place to live and a driver’s license, plus registering to vote. You’ll also need to live in Alaska for a year before you apply for a payment. The amount of money paid to residents each year changes. In 2014 residents can expect to receive a check for $1,884 each.
These are just four benefits of moving to Alaska. The list goes on and on. It’s what prompts many to start packing. Like moving anywhere, heading to Alaska requires some planning. Our experts can answer your questions about moving to and living in Alaska. When the big day comes, your move will go smoothly and you’ll feel right at home.