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My cousin in law and I have kicked around for a year or so the idea of moving to AK. Were both CNC machinist, mostly lathes. I do have some manual experience. He's looking at Wasilla or Anchorage. I'm thinking anywhere where I can work and make money and homeschool. I wanted to know if people thought AK was a good area to live. Currently I live in southern Vermont near a leaky and should be closing nuke plant where he lives on a mountain in commie run Massachuesetts off a major road. Thanks for any help.
I also live in Vermont North of WRJ, I and my group were looking last year at relocating to Alaska. We found that although it is remote and has a strong patriot community (unlike here). The costs of buying accessible land close enough to civilization to earn a paycheck were astronomical and the climate doesn't lend itself to long term survivability, not saying you shouldn't head up there, this is just what we discovered. I am heading up there with a couple of my boys this summer on a scouting mission but Montana and or just staying put for us look like better options at this point. As for the plant I think we'll get that closed here soon
well, there is cheap land, ($5000 0r so per acre) some places even cheaper) as long as you don't mind driving 80 to 100 miles to work, a big draw back here. I am actually looking at a piece like that, close to Talketna area, really cheep land, some people come to town and stay the week working then drive back home, some of them actually live quite a few hours from their job. not for me though. eventually if I saty here the rest of my life I will end up farther out. for about 10 thousand you can get closer to a town such as Wasilla in the Big Lake area
wow man two of ya's the same day, well let me start I am a self employed welder, mostly small stuff walk in kinda work mostly. There arn't many shops out here in the wasilla area but there are several in anchorage. The wasilla area I am gonna say maybe sales, tech, medical fields would be the most don't get me wrong if a guy wants to work he will work. I would start off in anchorage with it being summer if you have a camper or trailer walmarts parking lots are a good thing for letting folks hang out at night. Wish ya all prospairity if you come north but don't forget winters are long and hard here if you can deal with darkness and cold you'll make a sourdough in no time at all
If you want to work you will find jobs. We like Alaska. As Ironartist stated below, if you dont like darkness, cold, snow and ice 7 monthes out of the year then stay were your at. Most folks know after the first winter if they will survive moreI would or not, those who dont pack their shit and leave.. Alaska is a unique place to live but a hard place as well.. as far as land costs, as long as you dont try and buy land around the states treasures youll find lad and homes affordable, however if you want to wake up walk out your door and have great views of Denali or walk off your porch and throw a line into the Kenai River or something simlier get ready for sticker shock. I would argue the long term survivability issue with Rob, but again, its not easy.. the natives have been living here since the bearing land bridge allowed them to cross over from europe/asia so if you want to survive you can.. i kinda like it being so hard in my backyard - gives us alaskans a tactical advantage to outsiders..if i were you all ide do some research on the net and contact businesses in anchorage and fairbanks etc that may need your skill sets and start talking.. also contact the unions if you dont mind working for a union. if you have any other specific questions feel free to ask.. if your comin up to visit.. come up in January, this way you dont get a false read on what you may be getting into..
again, though. Alaska has an awful lot to offer as well, you can scratch aittle gold out of almost any stream in the state, we as a state have mines for all the major minerals as well as oil and gas. our growing season is short in months but long in daylight so growing 40 pounds cabbage is easy as well as large vegetables of every kind so a bountiful harvest, the kind of fish here is limited compared to the lower 48, but plentiful and large. we lack most fruit trees but apples can be grown, slowly, we have plenty of wild rose hips for vitamin C and a lot of berries also. one of the best things is how wide open the guns laws are, like in very few of them at all, open carry, concealed carry with no permit, no registration, almost no anything except they frown on explosive devices and machine guns with out the proper license. oh and did I mention lots and lots of room to roam. the down fall is very large carnivores, very cold weather that lasts forever and a lot of darkness (not the same darkness you are used to seeing in the 48 though, hell most of the time you could drive with no headlights and still see in the middle of the night winter time. and unending daylight in the summer. you just have to weigh the pros and cons, I did 25 years ago and never left. I have been thinking of leaving to Alabama my old home that I still miss. mostly to be close to the fighting when TSHTF, I want to help not hide