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Old 06-10-2014, 02:15 PM
 
Location: FL
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I am active duty military and am coming up on my transfer date soon. There is a good chance Anchorage and/or Juneau will be choices. I am originally from a town in Washington State a little south of Seattle. Currently living in the Tampa, FL area and my husband and I both hate it. We don't like the weather and people are really unfriendly. No one can drive. Coming from the northwest too we are very active, outdoorsy people. We are both big hunters and fisherman. Just looking for advice, maybe someone who has been to or lived in either Juneau or Anchorage and Seattle/western WA and might be able to compare them. Would also like some info about job opportunities in either city, since my husband will need a job. He's looking into the electrician's union. For people who have moved to AK from the lower 48, what was the hardest part or adjustments you had to make? Just looking for some info Thank you for your time!

Edit: I have also heard a lot about how expensive groceries are in AK. How much more?
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Old 06-10-2014, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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I started to say there's no military in Juneau, and then I realized you were USCG.
Juneau and Anchorage are very, very different.
Juneau is an isolated coastal community. Housing is in short supply and expensive. Food, fuel, clothing, etc is more expensive because of the transportation cost and smaller economy of scale. It's in a rain forest. But it's beautiful there.
Anchorage is Alaska's largest city with most of the major things you'll find in any other urban area. Housing is still pricey, but cheaper than Juneau. If you are willing to commute from Eagle River, Wasilla or Palmer then housing prices go down. Cost of living in the Anchorage area is cheaper than Juneau, but still expensive.
You husband will probably have a better chance of finding work in Anchorage. Either place will be great for hunting & fishing.
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Old 06-10-2014, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Here is some cost of living information for comparisons. On page 6 it lists various US cities with comparisons to Anchorage & Juneau, as well as Kodiak and Fairbanks.

http://laborstats.alaska.gov/col/col.pdf
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Old 06-10-2014, 08:41 PM
 
Location: AK
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Kodiak is not an option?
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Old 06-10-2014, 08:48 PM
 
Location: FL
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Kodiak is not an option?
Kodiak is an option but I know people who are or have been stationed there and they did not enjoy it. Much more likely that I would be stationed in Anchorage or Juneau anyways.
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Old 06-10-2014, 08:49 PM
 
Location: FL
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Thank you that is very helpful!
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Old 06-10-2014, 10:38 PM
 
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AKStafford hit the nail on the head, except Eagle River has a higher price point overall than Anchorage. Of course there are neighborhoods within Anchorage that will be may be more expensive. You will get the most bang-for-your-buck in Palmer or Wasilla, although the market has gotten hot out there too.
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Old 06-11-2014, 11:39 AM
 
Location: sitka, Alaska
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We hated Florida too--big time. We were on the east coast south of Miami for a yr and a half and came back north. Is Sitka an option for you? Big coastie community here. Lots of rain, mild winters, very friendly town. It is expensive but pretty comparable to parts of Fl. Basically, we pay the same amount we paid down there in terms of rent, utilities, etc. Groceries are a bit more but here, we don't have much in terms of roads and spend like 40 bucks a month in gas. It is isolated, being an Island, no big box stores, only fast food is a McD's and subway. Lots of community stuff for adults and kids. But, if that's not a choice, AKStafford shot you some good thoughts. We lived in Anchorage and Wasilla for 8 years. Prefer the Mat-Su valley. We moved south because the weather is more "Washingtonish." And pretty laid back, friendly workplace.
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Old 06-11-2014, 06:05 PM
 
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I'm a Coastie kid from Kodiak. I love it there. I hate Anchorage. Juneau seemed like "little Anchorage with rain and cruise ships" to me.
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Old 06-11-2014, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Seattle, Washington
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Kodiak is an option but I know people who are or have been stationed there and they did not enjoy it. Much more likely that I would be stationed in Anchorage or Juneau anyways.
My best friend lived in Kodiak for a full year recently and absolutely loved it there. He wants to go back and buy land there and everything. I never had the chance to go visit, but it always sounded very nice and the pictures he put up on his Facebook were always spectacular. I'd say if nothing else, at least look into it. However if you'd prefer something larger, Juneau or Anchorage for sure.
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