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Old 01-28-2008, 06:31 AM
 
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Which city is better to live in and why?
Fairbanks or Anchorage?

-jeff
Winchester, MA

Why?
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Old 01-28-2008, 09:43 AM
 
Location: really close to Mount Si
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Why do you want to know...ie: intent?
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Old 01-28-2008, 09:49 AM
 
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Cool Fairbanks-anchorage

Well if I visit Alaska i'd want to know which city I should stay in longest.

or if I decide to relocate - I might want to know which city I might want to live in.

-jeff
Winchester, MA
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Old 01-28-2008, 09:54 AM
 
Location: The Great State of Texas, Finally!
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It depends on what your looking for and what you consider attractive.
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Old 01-28-2008, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Orange, California
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I would definitely choose Anchorage over Fairbanks. Anchorage is a coastal city that is much more cosmopolitan and closer to the more "popular" national parks in the state. Anchorage reminds me of a smaller Seattle. It has much more of a big city feel than Fairbanks. Anchorage is also has a population that is maybe 8x bigger than Fairbanks. All lthat being said, I hear some Alaskans refer to Fairbanks as the "real Alaska" and deride Anchorage as an urbanized Lower 48-type city.
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Old 01-28-2008, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
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As others have said, it really depends on what you want.
  • Fairbanks has a population of 86,754 (estimated July 1, 2006).
  • Anchorage has a population of 359,180 (estimated July 1, 2006).
  • Fairbanks has colder winters and hotter summers than Anchorage, primarily because Anchorage is on the coast and Fairbanks is in the interior.
  • Fairbanks is slightly closer to Denali National Park than Anchorage.
  • Anchorage is closer to more salmon producing rivers than Fairbanks.
  • Both locations have excellent fishing opportunities.
  • Both locations have excellent hunting opportunities.
  • Both have university campuses.
  • Anchorage has more of the lower-48 feel than Fairbanks because that is typically where lower-48ers new to Alaska usually move first. For the same reason, Anchorage tends to be more left-leaning than Fairbanks.
  • Both cities have the same amenities and services that you would expect to find in any northern lower-48 city of comparable size.

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Old 01-28-2008, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Naptowne, Alaska
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Visit each city and decide for yourself which one you like. Your killing me.
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Old 01-28-2008, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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for a second i thought this was a thread about a football game....
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Old 01-28-2008, 06:24 PM
 
Location: Fairbanks Alaska
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If you prefer the big city feel with the corosponding culture, night life, commuting, gangs, choose Anchorage.

If you prefer to find what you need and 99% of what you want, spend less time in traffic, be able to get to the woods in 20 minutes, know your neighbor, still enjoy cultural events and sports, then Fairbanks is a good choice. Gang activity is pretty small right now, local law enforcement has done well to be proactive.
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Old 01-28-2008, 08:07 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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Well, if you want to live in Alaska, then Fairbanks is the place, because Anchorage is a step closer to Alaska from Seattle
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