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Living in Fairbanks, Alaska:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Fairbanks, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked five people living in Fairbanks what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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Rent is expensive and jobs that pay a living wage are usually outside the city. It’s cold and lonely, mostly men due to the military bases. It feels like a developing ghost town.

The cost of living in Fairbanks, AK, is very steep. It’s definitely something worth considering before a potential move to the Last Frontier. While many places get cold during the Winter not many experience the temperature differential that we do in Fairbanks. It can go from 40 degrees to negative 20 degrees in the span of a couple months.

Elaine, says: 2020

Fairbanks is a medium-sized city in central Alaska, a region known for its extreme temperatures and rich history of gold mining. In summer, temperatures can reach a sweltering 90 degrees Fahrenheit, and in winter they can drop to a finger-numbing -40 degrees Fahrenheit. Fairbanks has served as a gateway to villages throughout interior Alaska.

Victoria, says: 2020

We use plugins during winter for our cars to keep warm and not freeze in negative temperatures. The mosquitoes are harsh during summer by swarming a person, especially out in heavily wooded areas. Moose are known to roam urban cities and towns during the cooler months to look for food and water. To run a moose over is prohibited and a person can be heavily fined once this incident has occurred. Moose can only be killed during legal hunting seasons.

Lochlyn, says: 2020

Fairbanks is the best part of Alaska; warm summers make up for the cold winters in this spectacular region of the world. The people are independent and interdependent. Everyone knows that survival demands cooperation. Life here demands grit, self-discipline and ingenuity to meet the challenges of 40 below weather and remote living.

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