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Letter Re: Moving to Alaska

Good Afternoon Hugh,

This is a response to the Letter regarding Alaska as a Survival Location. I am sure you are getting piles of letters from people in Alaska who claim many things. We have owned our property in Alaska for eight years. Here are some pointers for being successful in Alaska, which people down in the States don’t seem to understand.

If you are committed to coming to Alaska the recommendations are the following:

  1. Make sure there are jobs for your profession. Don’t come expecting to find something when you live out in the boonies.
  2. Get out of debt.
  3. Look for property in places that make sense. Don’t think you can live in the middle of the state 300 miles from any populated area and be able to make it unless you are a serious outdoors person with a trust fund who doesn’t need to work. Even if you are, being alone in the middle of nowhere is not easy. Everything has to be flown in by bush plane or float plane. Do you want to live like that?
  4. Don’t think you can move to a native village unless you are being hired by a school. Most native villages are closed to outsiders. You also can’t purchase property there if you are not part of the tribe.
  5. Look for a small town and explore possibilities there. It may be possible, or it may not. Alaska is not for everyone, but there is nowhere like it. – A.C.