U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Alaska > Anchorage
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
 
 
Old 07-04-2010, 05:33 PM
 
159 posts, read 407,496 times
Reputation: 97

Advertisements

Has anyone here moved to the Anchorage area from the DC metro area. How does it compare? Is Anchorage more like a town than it is a city? Would you says its similar in size and population to Arlington, Virginia? Are people a lot nicer? Do people care about other people here? How are the drivers compared to the Northern Va area? If you need something basically anything, is it easy to just go out and get it like you can in Nova? Are most people here in Anchorage because they chose to be? Unlike the people in DC.
Rate this post positively Quick reply to this message

 
Old 07-10-2010, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Anchorage
4,060 posts, read 9,175,116 times
Reputation: 2333
Lots of questions.....I know people who moved to Anchorage that used to live in DC. I would say Anchorage is a city but smaller than DC, you could probably find most of what you need unless you are shopping for high-end designer stuff. The drivers are horrible. Some people are nice and some aren't-Anchorage has people from all over the world. I would say most people in Anchorage are there by choice or necessity for jobs. It is is a big difference from your area... on a side note, as many times as I have flown into National as a child-not ONCE were my parents willing to take a tour of DC with me-they said the traffic was horrible. As a kid who got taken to all sorts of historical places I always felt slighted that I didn't get to see Washington even though I was right there every two years (we had family in Winchester).
Rate this post positively Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-10-2010, 02:49 PM
 
159 posts, read 407,496 times
Reputation: 97
Quote:
Originally Posted by gobrien View Post
Lots of questions.....I know people who moved to Anchorage that used to live in DC. I would say Anchorage is a city but smaller than DC, you could probably find most of what you need unless you are shopping for high-end designer stuff. The drivers are horrible. Some people are nice and some aren't-Anchorage has people from all over the world. I would say most people in Anchorage are there by choice or necessity for jobs. It is is a big difference from your area... on a side note, as many times as I have flown into National as a child-not ONCE were my parents willing to take a tour of DC with me-they said the traffic was horrible. As a kid who got taken to all sorts of historical places I always felt slighted that I didn't get to see Washington even though I was right there every two years (we had family in Winchester).
thanks for the info. When you say the drivers are horrible, do you mean bad drivers or aggressive drivers or both?
Rate this post positively Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-10-2010, 03:55 PM
 
Location: Anchorage
4,060 posts, read 9,175,116 times
Reputation: 2333
Both...but based on how negatively my parents felt about driving in DC, perhaps in comparision it is nothing...
Rate this post positively Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-10-2010, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Anchorage
376 posts, read 762,188 times
Reputation: 68
I would say that as far as the driving goes, I have seen both kinds of driving as well. What you may like to know though is that driving here is nothing like some of the traffic jams you might see in your area. I moved here from Colorado about 8 months ago now. I spent some time living in Denver where traffic jams was the norm. I haven't seen that situation here.
Rate this post positively Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-10-2010, 10:47 PM
 
1,858 posts, read 2,804,072 times
Reputation: 4227
I lived in the DC area for a couple of years. I would say there is basically no comparison. Anchorage will feel much more like a town/community to you after having lived in a large metropolis. The thing you will have to get used to is the "isolation." Outside of Anchorage, there are no densely populated areas. Unlike the DC area, where you move from one suburb to the next.

I find people to be more friendly. As was said earlier, you have all types of people here (good and bad), but overall it is a safe place. People aren't in too much of a hurry to speak. The pace is definitely slower.

People generally either love it or hate it here. The thing that people dislike the most is the long hours of darkness in the winter, the isolation, and the feeling that there is "nothing to do." We don't generally have the big name attractions that you have in the DC area. Get used to it. COnversely, people love it because it is safer, the outdoor activities are limitless, and it is beautiful (in a different kind of way than the DC area).

Traffic is a joke compared to DC. Our rush hour is literally an hour (maybe an hour and a half), and no where near as intense unless there is an accident. You can literally make it from any part of town to another in less than an hour - even at the height of rush hour (once again, unless there is an accident or really bad weather).

It used to be that we had less shopping opportunities here, but I would say that now with all the big box stores and malls that we have pretty much anything you can get anywhere else. What you can't get can be easily gotten over the internet.

Hope this helps.
Rate this post positively Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-11-2010, 11:50 AM
 
159 posts, read 407,496 times
Reputation: 97
Quote:
Originally Posted by dmills View Post
I lived in the DC area for a couple of years. I would say there is basically no comparison. Anchorage will feel much more like a town/community to you after having lived in a large metropolis. The thing you will have to get used to is the "isolation." Outside of Anchorage, there are no densely populated areas. Unlike the DC area, where you move from one suburb to the next.

I find people to be more friendly. As was said earlier, you have all types of people here (good and bad), but overall it is a safe place. People aren't in too much of a hurry to speak. The pace is definitely slower.

People generally either love it or hate it here. The thing that people dislike the most is the long hours of darkness in the winter, the isolation, and the feeling that there is "nothing to do." We don't generally have the big name attractions that you have in the DC area. Get used to it. COnversely, people love it because it is safer, the outdoor activities are limitless, and it is beautiful (in a different kind of way than the DC area).

Traffic is a joke compared to DC. Our rush hour is literally an hour (maybe an hour and a half), and no where near as intense unless there is an accident. You can literally make it from any part of town to another in less than an hour - even at the height of rush hour (once again, unless there is an accident or really bad weather).

It used to be that we had less shopping opportunities here, but I would say that now with all the big box stores and malls that we have pretty much anything you can get anywhere else. What you can't get can be easily gotten over the internet.

Hope this helps.
Thanks for the Info.
Rate this post positively Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-14-2010, 02:07 PM
 
5 posts, read 9,173 times
Reputation: 10
My husband grew up in DC. He loves Anchorage. We go to visit his family in DC very often, i can tell, it is a different style of life. If DC has more "cultural" entertainment, Anchorage has "outdoor" entertainment. There are also shows, concerts, museums, etc here, so, if you are into it, you'll find something interesting. But going hiking, fishing, snowmobiling, skating, skiing, climbing, you name it is a bifg deal here. Sometimes i feel bad that for 5 years living here i've never climbed Denali
The weather is never hot. Even in summer. Winter darkenss is not bad at all, December-beginning of January is dark, then it lightens up. I love summers here, warm, not hot, a lot of sun, and beautiful time for camping, hiking, etc. With all my admiration of Alaskan beauty I am looking forward to move out and checking DC area . The job is holding us here so far.

Last edited by JewelAK; 07-14-2010 at 02:17 PM..
Rate this post positively Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-14-2010, 05:08 PM
 
159 posts, read 407,496 times
Reputation: 97
Quote:
Originally Posted by JewelAK View Post
My husband grew up in DC. He loves Anchorage. We go to visit his family in DC very often, i can tell, it is a different style of life. If DC has more "cultural" entertainment, Anchorage has "outdoor" entertainment. There are also shows, concerts, museums, etc here, so, if you are into it, you'll find something interesting. But going hiking, fishing, snowmobiling, skating, skiing, climbing, you name it is a bifg deal here. Sometimes i feel bad that for 5 years living here i've never climbed Denali
The weather is never hot. Even in summer. Winter darkenss is not bad at all, December-beginning of January is dark, then it lightens up. I love summers here, warm, not hot, a lot of sun, and beautiful time for camping, hiking, etc. With all my admiration of Alaskan beauty I am looking forward to move out and checking DC area . The job is holding us here so far.
That sounds like the perfect place for me. But you said you might move to the DC area. I really hated it there and I wouldn't recommend anyone live there. I would stay away if you can. Seriously.
Rate this post positively Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-25-2010, 03:30 AM
 
5 posts, read 9,173 times
Reputation: 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by fiddlestick View Post
That sounds like the perfect place for me. But you said you might move to the DC area. I really hated it there and I wouldn't recommend anyone live there. I would stay away if you can. Seriously.
too far from civilization Traveling from AK always takes sooo long. Also, you cannot do road trips here. Well, you can, but there are only 2,5 roads available for it.
Rate this post positively Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


 
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Settings
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2020 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Alaska > Anchorage
Similar Threads

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2021, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Contact Us - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 - Top