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Old 09-06-2017, 04:06 PM
 
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Tok or Glennallen? Which area would you rather live in?
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Old 09-06-2017, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Inland Empire, WA
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Neither. Unless one desires minimal to no amenities, thus requiring travel to Anchorage or Fairbanks for supplies, medical, etc., Really enjoys -50 to -65F weather and 90F in the summers. Terrible swarms of mosquito's, biting flies and whitesock's. Wildfire smoke and the seasonal throng of tourist's passing through clogging up whatever amenities are available.

Okay, that was devil's advocate there.

In all seriousness, if I had to choose between the two, I would choose Glenallen due to the proximity to the coast (Valdez), and Anchorage for necessities. Glenallen also provides better fishing opportunities. Hunting opportunities I feel are a wash between the two places.
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Old 09-07-2017, 01:44 AM
 
Location: Back and Beyond
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Are you asking because you're inticed by the affordable land/real estate for sale? Hopefully one isn't wanting to move to either place just to rent ..... Both are basically remote outpost towns with very basic bare essential services. They are less actual towns than a collection of business and homes scattered next to the highway.

I'd personally choose Tok, because it's officially the interior, while glenallen isn't sure if it wants to be classified as south central or the interior, it's confused and isn't really sure of itself. Glenallen is closer to Valdez though and Tok can sometimes make Fairbanks look warm so it's a wash.

Delta junction is a better town than either one of them though .
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Old 09-07-2017, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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Just traveling through, I like Glennallen better than Tok.
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Old 09-07-2017, 11:11 AM
 
Location: NP
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Are you asking because you're inticed by the affordable land/real estate for sale? Hopefully one isn't wanting to move to either place just to rent ..... Both are basically remote outpost towns with very basic bare essential services. They are less actual towns than a collection of business and homes scattered next to the highway.

I'd personally choose Tok, because it's officially the interior, while glenallen isn't sure if it wants to be classified as south central or the interior, it's confused and isn't really sure of itself. Glenallen is closer to Valdez though and Tok can sometimes make Fairbanks look warm so it's a wash.

Delta junction is a better town than either one of them though .
Glennallen is officially in the "Copper River Basin." Now whether that's southcentral or interior.......? And I agree, I'll take Delta over either.
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Old 09-07-2017, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Inland Empire, WA
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The information I have seen regarding geographical regions of Alaska place Glenallen in southcentral, as it is south of the Alaska Range. The interior is north of the Alaska Range. I always thought of Alaska that way as well, though I could not help but "feel" like Glenallen was "interior" considering the weather and landscape of the area, it just has the feel of the interior compared to southcentral.
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Old 09-07-2017, 02:48 PM
 
Location: interior Alaska
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If I had to choose between Glenallen and Tok as my only two options, I'd probably reluctantly pick Glenallen - I like Tok better as a community, but Glenallen is less isolated and has more resources.

They're both next to lovely wildernesses - Tetlin Refuge by Tok, and Wrangell-St Elias near Glenallen.

If you're just looking for an affordable Interior town, there are more pleasant options, though. Delta and Nenana pop immediately to mind.
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Old 09-07-2017, 06:05 PM
 
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The Kenai Peninsula was too populated and not remote enough for me. I like that there are much less people and the remoteness of Glennallen and Tok. Although I haven't been to them in the middle of the summer. I would assume they can't be as bad as Soldotna and Homer in the summertime.

I haven't had a chance to check out Delta yet.

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Old 09-07-2017, 06:28 PM
 
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Just traveling through, I like Glennallen better than Tok.
yup!
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Old 09-07-2017, 06:30 PM
 
Location: interior Alaska
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The Kenai Peninsula was too populated and not remote enough for me. I like that there are much less people and the remoteness of Glennallen and Tok. Although I haven't been to them in the middle of the summer. I would assume they can't be as bad as Soldotna and Homer in the summertime.

I haven't had a chance to check out Delta yet.
They're both very much in the tourist corridor, so the same stuff that annoyed you on the KP will be present there, albeit in a less concentrated form. 24/7 RVs as far as the eye can see all summer.

Take a look at Delta, and the constellation of little towns around Fairbanks. Maybe Valdez, too - they get a lot of tourists, but the city has its own identity and is a year-round community.
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