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Old 09-22-2016, 01:33 AM
 
Location: Naptowne, Alaska
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The gas prices he listed are wrong. Alaska as a whole has the lowest gas prices in the nation.
I find this statement hard to believe. Every state in the nation I have been to, has lower gas prices than even my part of Alaska, let alone a more remote place like Barrow.
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Old 09-22-2016, 02:09 AM
 
Location: Anchorage
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Hawaii has the highest and Alaska is 2nd.
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Old 09-22-2016, 02:33 AM
 
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They have high wages up there. The gas prices he listed are wrong. Alaska as a whole has the lowest gas prices in the nation. I worked and lived there.
That's strange. I drove from the southeast of our country to the northwest last summer crossing many states. Every single one of them were cheaper for gas than Anchorage.
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Old 09-22-2016, 11:03 PM
 
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People here may not be particularly "nice" is a lot of ways
They just dont want thier town getting too populated! (Like people in cape cod dont want restaurants there,they dont want it commercialised)


You guys like what you have Mr. Davidson and you dont want it ruined. Nothing @ all wrong with that
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Old 10-17-2018, 11:29 AM
 
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I lived in BRW for 10-years and found that the natives were so accustomed to the whites coming and going, that they didn't waste their time getting chummy chummy with the whites. That made a lot of sense to me. I found the natives to be wonderful people. The majority of the whites that I worked with were there strictly for the money ...they spent little time outside their white compound to really experience Barrow. Being exposed to the traditional lifestyle and the uniqueness of that remote and incredible environment was nothing short of fascinating. I loved it!

This is the first time someone has confirmed what I concluded/suspected. If people come and go a lot and don't show inittiative to actually learn about the community and participate in it I don't see why anyone would make a big effort to get to know someone who is showing a likelihood to just be passing through.



I just hope that if a person does show that they have intentions to stay long or longer-term that they are welcomed under those circumstances.
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Old 10-17-2018, 02:32 PM
 
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ive been offered a job making 40k a year....will i survive in barrow making that ?its near the airport, will i be forced to travel far to get a room or apt?
much thanks in advance
Average week of groceries up there can be $500.
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Old 10-17-2018, 02:49 PM
 
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Average week of groceries up there can be $500.

I think you're replying to a 2 y/o post there! Lol


I have seen several people say that about groceries.



What I've been unable to find is much information at all on housing costs. I've seen people constantly saying how hard it is to FIND housing but next to nothing about how much that housing can host on the miracle that you find something.
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Old 10-18-2018, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Dangling from a mooses antlers
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I think you're replying to a 2 y/o post there! Lol


I have seen several people say that about groceries.



What I've been unable to find is much information at all on housing costs. I've seen people constantly saying how hard it is to FIND housing but next to nothing about how much that housing can host on the miracle that you find something.

The few 1 bedroom apts I've seen come open in the past year start at $1700 per month. Almost zero advertising as everything is passed on by word of mouth. You really need to go visit the place, in the winter, before you seriously consider a move. Unless you find a employer that has housing it's not good for outsiders. Many native families live in multi-generation households cause there in nothing available for the adult children to move into.
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Old 10-24-2018, 02:12 AM
 
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The few 1 bedroom apts I've seen come open in the past year start at $1700 per month. Almost zero advertising as everything is passed on by word of mouth. You really need to go visit the place, in the winter, before you seriously consider a move. Unless you find a employer that has housing it's not good for outsiders. Many native families live in multi-generation households cause there in nothing available for the adult children to move into.

I feel like I'm missing something here.



Why is there no new housing built? It sounds like there is a need.



Has there been much new construction whatsoever in like the last 10 years?



It seems like demand has substantially exceeded supply for a long time and I've only found like 2 places for sale there so it's not just rentals that are in short supply.



It's the combination of this being such a chronic problem and for years, if not decades, that confuses me. AKA why the extreme?
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Old 10-24-2018, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Dangling from a mooses antlers
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I feel like I'm missing something here.



Why is there no new housing built? It sounds like there is a need.



Has there been much new construction whatsoever in like the last 10 years?



It seems like demand has substantially exceeded supply for a long time and I've only found like 2 places for sale there so it's not just rentals that are in short supply.



It's the combination of this being such a chronic problem and for years, if not decades, that confuses me. AKA why the extreme?

Money. Everything must be shipped in by barge in the summer. All the utilities are underground. Deep underground. Extremely expensive to hook up to. That forces the cost of housing out of the reach of many Barrow residents. Extremely short construction season. Housing has been in short supply forever up there. And it will probably always be that way.
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