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4 Most Popular Spots in Alaska to Retire

By    |   Saturday, 30 May 2015 05:49 PM

If you love the outdoors and don't mind the cold, Alaska can be a terrific state to retire in. Not only does it have less people than mainland retirement hubs and unparalleled opportunities to get up close and personal with wildlife, but it also has no state income or sales tax and permanent residents actually receive a stipend for living here each year. That said, retiring in Alaska isn't cheap. In comparison to the mainland United States prices tend to be 30 percent or even 40 percent higher for goods and services, according to MarketWatch. However, if you decide that Alaska is the place you want to retire, here are four popular places to do so.
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  1. Juneau - Alaska's capital city is one of the most expensive places to retire in the state, but if you have the cash, it is also a friendly and charming spot with a quaint downtown and a strong reputation for arts and culture (often not found in other parts of the state). Juneau is home to numerous galleries that sell everything from exquisite silver jewelry to native woodcarvings. The city is also home to the Perseverance Theatre, which has premiered more than 60 original plays during the last 30 years and the Alaska State Museum.
  2. Seward - Another popular place to retire in Alaska is the town of Seward on the wildlife-focused Kanai Peninsula. The town of about 2,600 people is surrounded by gorgeous mountains and has been named an All-American City award winner multiple times. It is a friendly place where you can get as involved in the local community as you'd like. It is also less isolated than other Alaskan towns, as it is just a two-hour drive to Anchorage, where you'll have access to discount shopping, a major hospital as well as the main airport in Alaska, if you need to get back to the mainland in a hurry. All these factors contribute to making it an affordable and popular retirement option.
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  4. Homer - If you are looking for milder climate – at least by Alaskan standards – then check out Homer. Here, January high temperatures reach about 29 degrees Fahrenheit, and in July you're looking at a balmy daytime high of around 60 F. The location is also gorgeous and there are lots of opportunities to see wildlife and go hiking and fishing.
  5. Fairbanks - If you want more of a city environment, Fairbanks is a good option. It has a good hospital and plenty of amenities from big box stores to movie theaters. "During our winter, those incredible Northern Lights dance the night away over our city and visiting moose have the right-of-way down our neighborhood streets," noted an editorial in the News Miner.
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