Anchorage is unlike anywhere you’ve been. Although more than half of Alaska’s population lives here and it’s nearly the size of Delaware, it will be the largest small town you’ll ever live in. Here, Nordstrom and moose may occupy the same street, black-tie events competes for attention with fresh powder on the mountain and you may see professionals in waders on their lunch hour.
Don’t worry about being a newcomer; Anchorage has traditionally been a community of newcomers. The city itself was only founded in 1915, and it’s a vibrant town where the average resident is 32 years old and one-quarter of the population is under the age of 18.
Among the city’s pluses: Clean air and clean water. An average 18-minute commute. World-class parks. Regular appearances on “top 10” lists when it comes to jobs and livability.
How to Make Your Move
- A moving company
- Pack it yourself and use a shipping container for the voyage north on a container vessel – this also can include your vehicle.
- Drive part way and float part way by driving to Bellingham, Wash., the southern terminus for the Alaska State Marine Highway System, and boarding one of the Alaska state ferries for the ride north. You can drive from either the north end of the route, Haines (700 miles from Anchorage), or take the cross-Gulf of Alaska ferry to Whittier, just 90 minutes from Anchorage. If you’re taking the ferries, be sure to book as early as possible.
- Pack your vehicle with your belongings and drive north through Canada on the Alaska Highway. Anchorage is 2,300 driving miles from Seattle, 3,900 from Dallas. There are services all the way along the Alaska Highway including overnight accommodations; one of the best resources for the trip is the Milepost publication.