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Helpful Articles - Living in Alaska

8 Experiences That Make Us Think, “I Love Alaska!”

Yes, it’s true that Alaska offers some of the most beautiful, unspoiled wilderness in the United States. Yes, you can kayak around glaciers and spot the Northern Lights. And, yes, you might spot a bear or a moose walking down the street like it owns the place. However, that being said, life in the Last Frontier can offer its challenges. The winters are cold and dark. Buying necessities isn’t always as simple as hopping in your car and driving to the nearest shopping center. Cabin fever is a real thing. And if your friends and family live in the lower 48, you simply might not […]

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Moving to Anchorage? Consider These 8 Neighborhoods

Travel + Leisure magazine might have ranked it the “worst-dressed city in the United States,” but its residents have found plenty to love about living in Anchorage, Alaska. Its current population of around 280,000 puts it on par with Newark, New Jersey, and Orlando, Florida. However, Anchorage is by far the most populous city in Alaska. (The next two largest cities are Juneau at 31,974 inhabitants and Fairbanks at 30,917!) As a result, Anchorage comes with the kinds of conveniences you’d expect of a cultural center: restaurants, museums, galleries, and more. That being said, as with almost every location in Alaska, you’re never far from […]

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How Big is Alaska? 6 Surprising Comparisons to the Lower 48

Historian Harry Ritter once wrote that Alaska is “like nowhere else—wild, extreme and amazing.” That being said, when you’re considering a move to Alaska, you might want to know a bit more about what you’re getting into. Or, if you’re exiting Alaska for the Lower 48, you might want to understand what you’re leaving behind. To give you a better sense of how Alaska sizes up to the rest of the United States, we’ve put together a few comparisons. Taken together, they’ll give you a new perspective on how life in the Frontier State stacks up to life elsewhere. So, How Big Is Alaska? Most […]

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What’s the Real Cost of Living in Alaska?

When you’re moving to a state that’s known for selling the most expensive McDonald’s Quarter Pounders with Cheese, it’s only natural that you’d wonder about the overall cost of living in Alaska. The 49th state has long occupied a top slot in the most expensive states to live in. It currently ranks #7, just behind Hawaii, Maryland and Massachusetts. However, we have some good news: Seattle, San Francisco, Manhattan and Waterloo-Cedar Falls, Iowa, have dethroned Alaska in the race for the most expensive Quarter Pounder with Cheese. Plus,  with the 2018 Permanent Fund Dividend clocking in at $1,600 for Alaska residents, it might be the […]

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11 Things You Should Know Before Moving to Alaska

John Muir, the co-founder of the Sierra Club, was said to have written in his journal: “You should never go to Alaska as a young man because you’ll never be satisfied with any other place as long as you live.” This quote offers you a hint of the wonders you’ll experience when you move to The Last Frontier. But in addition to the incredible sights and unforgettable experiences you’ll enjoy, you’ll also discover that Alaska is probably unlike any place you’ve ever lived before. So in the spirit of welcoming you to the state, we also want to share a few things you should know […]

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Alaska’s Major Industries & Job Opportunities: By the Numbers

When it comes to preparing for a big move to a new location, we’ve noticed that most people subscribe to one of two philosophies: Philosophy #1: Research all you can ahead of time so you arrive prepared with a solid plan in place. #TeamResearchIt Philosophy #2: Jump in feet first, and figure it all out when you get there. #TeamWingIt At Royal Alaskan Movers, we’re more the “research and prepare” types. (We pretty much have to be!) If you are too—and you’re considering making the Last Frontier your next home—we’d love to help you discover more about Alaska before you make the move. Below, we’ll […]

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