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View Poll Results: Follow our dreams or stay with what's comfortable?
Do it! Go to Alaska for an awesome adventure, you'll love it. 31 67.39%
Don't do it! Stay home because you will die here. 15 32.61%
Voters: 46. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 01-05-2018, 09:35 AM
 
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You do need to know that our state is facing major budget issues. When oil prices sank from a high of $144 to $28, we lost a lot of revenue. Many people lost valuable slope jobs including close friends of ours. If you were in the healthcare industry, you might be in good shape for work. Political issues surrounding the budget exist. Our governor stole from the PFD, and capped the amount for each Alaskan. I fear our politicians will go back to business as usual and spend, spend, spend. We still have not seen how we will be affected. There is talk of income taxes, sales taxes, due to the HUGE budget shortfall. No one wants to give up funding, even though it is in the best interest of all. Anchorage is more liberal with their spending, and you can see that in property taxes! There is no space in Anchorage or Eagle River, and you should expect to be living very close to your neighbor...if you can afford it and the taxes! Eagle River is within the Municipality of Anchorage. I would not live in Anchorage as a woman and mother. Crimes against women are high. I discouraged my son and his family from moving here from UT. They finally settled in Montana...but that's a whole "nuther" story.

Some people have this idea of what Alaska is....the beauty, the nature, the animals, the mountains, etc. It's a lot more than that. Many of our towns are very dirty. Each spring there are major cleanup events to spruce it up for the visiting tourists. Go down the Glenn Highway in and out of the valley and Anchorage, and you will see months of accumulating garbage, plastic, etc. It's grose.

Theft is a problem and you need to absolutely secure your home, vehicles and toys. Check out the real drop out rate from our schools, and ask yourself what people are doing that don't have jobs and don't have education. Have you ever watched Alaska State Troopers? No joke....it's pretty much like that show.

I can see us permanently move from Alaska sometime in the next 10 years. You have to remember that getting anywhere takes time. So, in terms of getting out into nature...alot of other people are doing the same. We only have so many roads, and only so much time, and "getting there" takes effort (and time).

I know I seem a bit on the negative side, but these are facts. We love the life we've had here; especially the independent nature of Alaska with our gun laws, hunting, fishing, drilling, etc. These are some of the things that will make it difficult to leave. Another poster commented on public lands. Public access to land is getting worse and worse. Thanks in part to our one congressman who likes to look out for one group of people over another. Don't believe me? Go look up bills he has introduced and that have passed. His legislation has benefited some very well, and well, the rest of us have to PAY.

I do not suggest Montana as an option, as someone else suggested. I live in Montana a few months each year. FOR THE MOST PART, they do not like outsiders; mostly Californians. Unfortunately, too many people from other places moved into Montana and have driven up housing prices, taxes, etc and locals having to move somewhere else. Seems they didn't want to leave their California lifestyle behind. Unless you are a Mormon, you will face some discrimination in UT if you are looking for a job. You can always get a job anywhere if you really want to. I would secure a job before you get here. A new jobs report just came out today, and we are still losing jobs. The forecast for 2018 goes from awful to bad with more "moderate" job losses.

Just putting something out there for you to consider. It's not all a bed of roses.

Completly agree with the post by Pitts. If you have money and all the toys and airplane, it's a great place to live!
Awesome post. Agreed.
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Old 01-05-2018, 10:35 AM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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geocaching
We've got a lot of great geocaches here in the Valley. Give me a shout if you have any questions on any. There's some good ones around Reflections Lake and in the Lake Lucille Park.
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Old 02-08-2018, 10:03 PM
 
Location: Washington State desert
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I have come into this thread somewhat late, and admittedly have not read all posts.

I will also preface that I moved to Anchorage in 1996, and moved away exactly two years later. At that time, the economy was good, but even then I felt the need to move back to the lower 48.

You have to ask yourself if the "ideal" Alaska is worth the downside. I don't mean to diminish Alaska in anyway here, but there are some real questions that need to be answered. Do you really love the wilderness just outside the city? Do you really love the huge daylight during the summer? Do you really love the nature, overall? If so, then you may be in the right place.

Do you get depressed by darkness from November to March? Do you hate cold weather? Do you understand that everything costs more up there? If so, and you don't mind, then you might be in the right place.

My major concern right now would be the general State economy, which is weak. Perhaps some deals on real estate, but that is about it. Jobs are scarce. If you feel the economy will bounce back, then perhaps you might gamble on future real estate prices, but this is (as I said) a gamble.

Don't get me wrong, Anchorage is located in one of the most beautiful regions in the country. There is no question about that. And the wilderness surrounding is unmatched.

Just be certain. I guess that is my main point.
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Old 10-17-2018, 07:35 AM
 
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You never find out what happened with these people. So irritating!


I'm thinking about making the move (with a job) from Denver to Alaska myself, ironically. That being said this would've been esodcialky informative for me to find out the final conclusion on this.
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Old 10-17-2018, 07:39 AM
 
Location: Dangling from a mooses antlers
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You never find out what happened with these people. So irritating!


I'm thinking about making the move (with a job) from Denver to Alaska myself, ironically. That being said this would've been esodcialky informative for me to find out the final conclusion on this.
Just do it! A word of warning though. If you're moving to Anchorage expect to have your car stolen at least once. It's just part of life in Los Anchorage.
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Old 10-17-2018, 07:41 AM
 
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Just do it! A word of warning though. If you're moving to Anchorage expect to have your car stolen at least once. It's just part of life in Los Anchorage.

Oh not Anchorage for me. I know I've read other threads where you were active. Aren't you you or weren't you in Barrow?
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Old 10-17-2018, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Anchorage
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Just do it! A word of warning though. If you're moving to Anchorage expect to have your car stolen at least once. It's just part of life in Los Anchorage.

Oh please. None of our cars have been stolen.
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Old 10-17-2018, 02:23 PM
 
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So how about Colorado to Wrangell or Petersburg?


I know this is the Anchorage sub-forum but I decided to just revive this old thread in hopes that people that were previously helpful to the OP might still be subscribed to the thread .
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Old 10-17-2018, 04:45 PM
 
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OP here. Just chiming in to let you know we decided to stay in Colorado. We loved the Alaska landscape so much and we all had an amazing time on our trip. But ultimately we decided to stay here because Colorado’s economy is amazing and we simply won’t make any money on real estate in Alaska. We are at an age that we need our retirement to grow and are depending on real estate investments to help that. We have 10%+ yearly appreciation at home. While visiting we also became concerned that there may actually be a bit of discrimination against out of towners in terms of employment. And our kids had a ton of anxiety about the possibility of moving anywhere so for now we are going to allow them to have that stability of being raised in one place and the hubby and I will revisit the idea when they are older.
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Old 10-17-2018, 05:34 PM
 
Location: Anchorage
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So how about Colorado to Wrangell or Petersburg?
I'd choose Wrangell over Petersburg, unless you are a commercial fisherman, then Petersburg. However, you better like rain if you move to either.
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