Alaska’s 3 million lakes, 3,000 rivers and miles of coastline leave boaters and anglers occupied, while endless acres of parks and trails will occupy hikers, cyclists, bird watchers and campers. Hunters will have scores of wild animals, such as bears and deer, at their fingertips. Winter sports fanatics will experience some of the finest skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing in the world.
While there’s no state income or sales tax in Alaska, there are other financial realities to consider. The cost of living in such remote environs is as much as 34 percent higher than the national average, and the median home price is $291,900. Utility costs are far higher here than on the mainland, as are food costs.
Con: High cost of living, frigid winters, remote locale
Best For: Rugged outdoors lovers
Cost of Living: 34% higher than national average
Median Home Cost: $291,900
Top State Income Tax: No state income tax
The population density in Alaska is, in a word, sparse. On average, there’s 1 person per square mile. Still, there are larger towns, like Anchorage (pop. 295,570), Fairbanks (pop. 32,036) and Juneau (pop. 32,164) in which to settle.