December 25, 2018 | Barb Huntley
You’ll never get sick of the scenery. When you live in Alaska, the scenery never gets old. Almost everywhere you go could be a picture on a postcard. From the sea, to the glaciers, to wildlife and mountains, you will be surrounded by breathtaking views – daily!

You’ll need to know wilderness safety. Alaskans take wilderness safety very seriously. Bears roam freely throughout the state and often cross paths with pedestrians. If you enjoy spending time in the outdoors you better be prepared to learn about wildlife safety – especially in regard to bears. Most Alaskans carry bear spray if they head outside to bike, run or hike. People own bear proof garbage cans to avoid having unwanted visitors on their property. Also, the temperatures vary year-round and dressing properly is necessary to avoid hyperthermia. Layers and water proof clothing can be found on all Alaskans when they’re outside.

The cost of living is high. Housing, food, and transportation cost more on than the U.S average. This can be contributed to Alaska’s somewhat isolated location. Transportation of resources costs a lot more to get items in stores that Alaska doesn’t produce. Reminder – this cost of living statement is based off averages. Every living situation is unique and depending on where you live and how you spend your money may make your cost of living different than the average in Alaska.

The state gives you money. Yes, that’s right. If you live in Alaska, you will receive a yearly payout from the Alaska Permanent Fund. To be eligible for this payout you must have lived in Alaska for an entire calendar year. This money comes from the states revenues generated from natural resources. The lowest amount given was $331.29 in 1984 and the highest amount was $2,072 in 2015.

It’s not as cold as you think. If you head up to the most northern parts of Alaska this statement is false; it is terribly cold towards the arctic circle. But the other 50% of the state that inhabits most Alaskans has much more mild temperatures than stories tell. In the summer, temperatures around 60-70 degrees are often common in Fairbanks and Anchorage. In the winter months of November – March, temperatures in the teens are common. While that is still cold, it is not even close to below zero like many people from the Lower 48 assume.
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