Alaska is widely considered to be nothing more than frozen wilderness to many living in the continental US, but the state is home to a thriving local economy, incredibly beautiful scenery, and one of the most unique and breathtaking landscapes on earth. While working as a travelling nurse, you may see postings or receive offers to work in Anchorage, AK.
The Local Community and Economy in Anchorage
No, Alaska is not just barren, frozen wilderness. Anchorage is home to nearly 300,000 people. The estimated median household income for 2017 was more than $79,000, and the estimated per capita income was just under $38,000.
One of the most pressing questions people expecting to visit Alaska are likely to have is, “just how cold is it in Alaska?” Winter weather can indeed feel punishing with low temperatures dipping below zero frequently between November and March, but the coldest day of the year in Anchorage is typically between 13 degrees and 23 degrees, which isn’t much colder than the lowest lows in the states of the continental US. High temperatures throughout the year in Anchorage reach their peak in mid July, with an average high of 68 degrees and an average low of 55 degrees.
Snow and Sunlight in Anchorage
Yes, Alaska is very snowy. The snowy season extends from early October through early April, and the most snow falls around mid-December. Most days during this period will experience up to two inches of snow. Commonly called “the Land of the Midnight Sun,” Alaska’s position to the extreme north causes daylight hours to fluctuate dramatically throughout the year, from nearly 20 hours of sunlight during the middle of the summer to less than five hours of sunlight in mid-winter.
Anchorage is an incredibly beautiful place where you can see wild moose, walk on a glacier, and sample fantastic foods all in one day. If you have the opportunity to work in Anchorage during the summer, you won’t have to worry about excessive cold, but it may take some getting used to the long daylight hours.