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Old 06-11-2007, 03:05 PM
 
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hi! my husband and i are moving to alaska in a few years-his father lives in palmer and loves the area.

i would like to stay near anchorage-schools, safety, and family oriented places are a must for me. any suggestions? i am a teacher, so my job is pretty flexible, i just want to move somewhere that is good for kids. my husband is way more wilderness oriented than i am-so we agreed on the anchorage area, but not IN it. any insider info would help.

thank you!
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Old 06-11-2007, 05:05 PM
 
Location: Seward, Alaska
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hi! my husband and i are moving to alaska in a few years-his father lives in palmer and loves the area.

i would like to stay near anchorage-schools, safety, and family oriented places are a must for me. any suggestions? i am a teacher, so my job is pretty flexible, i just want to move somewhere that is good for kids. my husband is way more wilderness oriented than i am-so we agreed on the anchorage area, but not IN it. any insider info would help.

thank you!
Near Anchorage, but NOT in it would be: Eagle River, Birchwood, or Chugiak, just north of Anchorage some 10-20 miles. About a 20-30 minute commute into Anchorage, maybe a little longer, depending on where in Anchorage you are going. Lots of schools, and they ALWAYS need teachers...not a problem finding a teaching job. And....your husband will love this: an hour or two of driving will get you into the wilderness for fishing/hunting/camping. Sounds like a "go" for both of you.

Bud
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Old 06-11-2007, 06:35 PM
 
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Makes sense to me. Further out is Wasilla-Palmer, but the commute into town in the winter is a real bear of a drive and you wind up late at least once a week.
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Old 06-11-2007, 10:32 PM
 
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thank you so much! what about the fairbanks area? family friendly? i suppose schools and safety and my main concern-my husband will be happy anywhere in alaska! i have never traveled there-but i know several people who have been to fairbanks and loved it, but i have heard the same about anchorage. i guess it is a matter of opinion-but id rather have the opinion of those who live there! thanks!
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Old 06-11-2007, 10:45 PM
 
Location: Lovelock, NV - Anchorage, AK
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Fairbanks is quite a bit smaller than Anchorage but as far as I remember very family oriented. Anchorage is a great city to live in one that offers something for everyone.
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Old 07-25-2007, 07:48 PM
 
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thanks for everyones suggestions. i am trying to get as much insider info as possible. i have been reading about homer-kenai-soldotna---most the peninsula. i would like to live near the water-my husband is easy going either way. i read on a post the other day that fairbanks apparently has a drug problem? i havent read that anywhere else i just wasnt sure if there was any validity in that statement. like i said-i want a good place to raise a family. safe-doesnt have to be major metro at all-small towns are good. thanks for your help. we will be visiting next summer and i would like to travel around and see what the peninsula is like.
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Old 07-25-2007, 08:04 PM
 
Location: State of Superior
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thanks for everyones suggestions. i am trying to get as much insider info as possible. i have been reading about homer-kenai-soldotna---most the peninsula. i would like to live near the water-my husband is easy going either way. i read on a post the other day that fairbanks apparently has a drug problem? i havent read that anywhere else i just wasnt sure if there was any validity in that statement. like i said-i want a good place to raise a family. safe-doesnt have to be major metro at all-small towns are good. thanks for your help. we will be visiting next summer and i would like to travel around and see what the peninsula is like.
Its all about climate. Big differences. Fairbanks, cold , and more cold. Anchorage, more like lower north 48, maybe even warmer. Kenai Pen. Wet , temperate, lack of jobs, beautiful , especially if you are into fishing.
I think Anchorage is a good choice for a first timer. I love the place , and , the Kenai is only 2 hours to the south.
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