In most recent years, Alaska has become a popular place to retire. Alaska is the largest of all 50 states and has a great deal to offer for those senior citizens who are looking for a place to settle down when they retire. First, Alaska has very little taxes. In fact, Alaska has no income tax and no sales tax. Alaska also has an annual rebate where residents get a certain amount of money every year from oil earnings. The state has less than 700,000 residents so seniors can enjoy peace and quiet. And last, even through the economic hardships, the home values and the state have remained steady throughout.
The Alaska climate is a bit different than most other states. The winters are cold especially in the inside parts of the state. Spring arrives late and the summers are somewhat short but magnificent at the same time. And the Southeast part of the state, such as Juneau, you will find a milder climate. Alaska days are short and in the northern part of Alaska, the sun never really sets.
Small Towns in Alaska
Anchorage, Alaska has a population of around 300,000 people. There are more than 95 different languages that are spoken in the largest city in the state. Anchorage started out for being known as a railroad construction area and tent city. It has grown diverse in culture since then with numerous activities in the arts and culture industry as well as a wide variety of different events and a wide array of several dining options.
Juneau, Alaska is one of the most growing cities that offer retirees a combination of small-town friendliness and the amenities of the city. There are around 31,000 people that live in Juneau and most of these people work in tourism, fishing, mining and government. In the beginning, Juneau started out with the name Brockwell and was a place to settle for native Indian tribes.
Skagway, Alaska is located on the panhandle of Alaska. It first started out as a city but now is known as a borough. The area of land is 452 square miles and 12 square miles of water. It was founded in 1897, incorporated as a city in 1900 and became a borough in 2007.
Sitka, Alaska was formally called New Archangel. It is located on the island of Baranof as well as the southernmost part of the island of Chicaghagof. Sitka has a population of close to 9,000 people and is the fourth largest city in Alaska by population.
There are so many reasons to choose Alaska is a great place to retire. With so many things to see and do and the dense population, this makes for perfect retirement living.