Q. I just want to know if someone who has never even visited Alaska in their entire life, could make a good living from the get go? -Junior
A. Well, we surely did! We were a family of bookworms and got interested in Alaska while living in Alice, TX. We read everything on the Alaska shelf and when we finished what could we do but come? We brought 5 of our 8 kids with us, and later another son joined us. We have never been sorry. Those 6 kids are still in Alaska today; although, sadly, one of them is buried at Delta Junction.
We were poor as church mice when we came. In Alice, TX Jim was making $6./hr (he was a carpenter.) Came to Alaska and immediately was making $18.00/hr, so we tripled our income. Even with the increased cost of living, we were much better off. Our freezer/cupboard certainly was, because of the hunting and fishing. I canned lots of jam, & pancake syrup from the plentiful wild berries. I can still see, in my mind’s eye, those jars, like shimmering, gleaming red jewels lined up in rows on my pantry shelves, just waiting for a stack of sourdough hotcakes. Yum!
I guess, Junior, the answer to your question is yes, it is possible. It really depends on your motivation and your creativity. You didn’t say what trade you follow. If you are in construction, for instance, you have to be prepared for periods of no work in the winter, but if you know that, you can sort of plan for it. You work like the dickens in the summer, when the days are long and light, and then live frugally in the winter. It can be done.
A good website you can access to see what kind of jobs are available is www.jobs.state.ak.us Also, you can read the Anchorage Daily News by going to www.adn.com That will give you an idea of grocery prices, apartments, and jobs. Good luck, hope to see you up here sometime. -BJ