Best Places in Alaska

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There are people who choose to live in a busy city paying high rents and mortgages for small condominiums. Little they know, there’s a place which isn’t so little that can offer virtually any person the type of living they desire, and that place is Alaska. Every place is spectacular and unique, people are friendly and interesting and they know how to live their life to the fullest.

According to Julia Melko, choosing a place to live is a challenging task and it’s important to consider many things before you can identify which is the place for you. Here’s a list of the top places to live in Alaska.

  • Anchorage


It’s Alaska’s most populous city. It is located in the South-central portion of Alaska. It has also been named by Kiplinger as the most tax-friendly city in the United States. A diverse wildlife population exists within urban Anchorage and the surrounding area. Approximately 250 black bears and 60 grizzly bears live in the area. Bears are regularly sighted within the city. Moose are also a common sight. Anchorage has a subarctic climate but with strong maritime influences that lead to a relatively moderate climate. Summers are typically mild, and it can rain frequently, although not abundantly. Anchorage’s largest economic sectors include transportation, military, municipal, state and federal government, tourism, corporate headquarters and resource extraction. Large portions of the local economy depends on Anchorage’s geographic location and surrounding natural resources. The Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (TSAIA) is the world’s third busiest airport for cargo traffic, surpassed only by Memphis and Hongkong.

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  • Fairbanks and Juneau


Fairbanks is a home rule city and the borough seat of the Fairbanks North Star Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. It is the largest city in the Interior region of Alaska and the second most populous metro as well. Fairbanks is home to the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the oldest of Alaska’s current universities. The city is extremely far north, being located close to 16 parallels north of the Pacific border between the U.S. and Canada. For those of you who enjoy the city-life but on a smaller scale, there is always Fairbanks in the north with its bitter winter temperatures and scalding summer temperatures (it does get into the 90s which feels like 120), but if you are not really sure about the temperature swings there is always the state capital, Juneau. And also, Melko said what she liked most is that people in Fairbanks are amazingly friendly to strangers; they’re easy to talk to and get along with.

Juneau is also a great city to live in. The City and Borough of Juneau is the capital city of Alaska. Juneau has been the capital of Alaska since 1906, when the government of what was then the District of Alaska was moved to Sitka as dictated by U.S. Congress in 1900. The municipality unified on July 1, 1970, when the city of Juneau merged with the city of Douglas and the surrounding Greater Juneau Borough to form the current municipality, which is larger by the area than both Rhode Island and Delaware. The city is named after gold prospector Joe Juneau, though the place was a time called Rockwell and then Harrisburg. Juneau is rather unusual among U.S. capitals in that there are no roads connecting the city to the rest of Alaska or to the rest of North America (although ferry service is available for cars). The area has a cool temperature climate. Winters are moist and long, but only slightly cold by Alaskan standards.

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  • Soldotna and KenaiSoldotna, AK

Kenai, AKIf you are looking for a place which is not far from major amenities and stores, head on downtown to Soldotna and Kenai.

Soldotna is the administrative city in the Kenai Peninsula Borough, in the U.S. State of Alaska. The city is located at the junction of the Sterling Highway and the Kenai Spur Highway, which has enabled Soldotna to develop as a service and retail hub for the Central Peninsula as well as for travelers between Anchorage and Homer. Soldotna is located on the banks of the Kenai River on the Kenai Peninsula of Alaska. It is named after nearby Soldotna Creek. There are multiple theories explaining the origin of the word “Soldotna”. Soldotna is home to the Kenai Peninsula Borough administration and the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District administration. The Central Peninsula Hospital is the largest medical facility on the peninsula.

The city of Kenai is named after the local Dena’ina (Tanaina) word ‘ken’ or ‘kena’, which means ‘flat, meadow, open area with few trees; base, low ridge’, according to the Dena’ina Topical Dictionary by James Kari, Ph.D., published in 2007. This describes the area along the mouth and portion of the Kenai River near the City of Kenai. The main road access to Kenai is via the Kenai Spur Highway.

In winter months, these cities offer feet of snow good for snow-machining or sledding, moose wandering around, great coffee and much more. In summer, these cities transforms into the Salmon capital of the world. The riverbanks and streets are swarmed with fisherman who play off for the biggest fish.

All that can be said is give the twin cities a try, even on a vacation and you will be immediately hooked to the amazingness that is Soldotna and Kenai.

The Kenai River was selected by CNN Travel as one of the “World’s 15 Best Rivers for Travelers,” due to its fishing and hunting opportunities.

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  • Rural life

ruralIf you like the more quiet and simple, or just living out deep in the woods far from civilization, Alaska also has rural small towns and villages.

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