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#1 of 7 Old 08-18-2009, 11:23 PM - Thread Starter
 
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My husband and I are contemplating moving there. He might have a gov't job there, we'll find out soon. What kind of town is it? Industrial? Outdoorsy? Conservative? Is it hard to be so far from a bigger city like Anchorage? I'm looking around on Google for info but thought some of you might be able to give me better information. Thanks.
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Nope, not much industry here as we are in the interior of the state. It's pretty laid back, lots of earth loving, hippie mommas lol. No it is not hard being this far from Anchorage but it might be for you. Where do you come from? It is the type of place that you either love or hate. Those who hate it, often leave as soon as possible. It makes it nice for the rest of us to live among all these other people who are so in love with the place they live.
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Thanks for the info. I'm from Montana originally. Have lived in TX for several years, and now Washington, DC. So although I've been living in the city, I'm familiar with (and like) more remote areas. I especially like laid-back places (which DC is not), so I'm happy to hear that. Are there a lot of activities for kids (open play times at gyms or community centers, for example)? My DD is 1.5.
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My son was born in Kalispell, MT. There are several playgroups around, especially in the winter. You should check the monthly thread in this forum. I don't think most of them read the board regularly and only come when someone posts in that thread.
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Someone just posted a thread about a playgroup starting here in Fairbanks. I just moved here this summer (from Denver), but it's much more than I expected. More diverse in a lot of ways, more fun, more friendly, more accessible. It's so easy to get to know people and find people to fit in with. It's also more run down looking that I expected. It looks like winter is just so hard on the exterior of the buildings that everything looks 30 years old. But the city is full of trees and that makes it so much better. It's just wonderful to be so close to the woods.

I agree with PP about the general attitude of people, everyone seems to love it here, and that makes such a difference.

So far, it's an absolutely incredible place to live.

Sarah. Married to my Mirus, raising my DD1 (Aug. '09) and my DD2 (March '11) and waiting for my newest (April '14)!
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Thanks all. I think I will post in the Alaska chat, like one of you recommended. Dislocator3972 -- I see you're near your due date -- best of luck.
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Someone just posted a thread about a playgroup starting here in Fairbanks. I just moved here this summer (from Denver), but it's much more than I expected. More diverse in a lot of ways, more fun, more friendly, more accessible. It's so easy to get to know people and find people to fit in with. It's also more run down looking that I expected. It looks like winter is just so hard on the exterior of the buildings that everything looks 30 years old. But the city is full of trees and that makes it so much better. It's just wonderful to be so close to the woods.

I agree with PP about the general attitude of people, everyone seems to love it here, and that makes such a difference.

So far, it's an absolutely incredible place to live.
I kinda agree. I have not lived in Fairbanks for 2 years but we have come up each summer for the Solstice Run. I think the slow economy and major troop deployments have really impacted Fairbanks more then Anchorage. Nearly ALL the active duty army have been deployed so there goes like 4000 people and their money.
I have noticed that a lot of businesses have had a hard time with the lost of income and have had to close down.
But I'm pretty sure the guys and gals are coming home from Iraq very soon so things should start to rebound.

Over all I just adore Fairbanks. We moved there from Delta Junction (1500+) and lived in Fairbanks for 3 years. We went to all the Ice Dogs Hockey games and joined the Alaska Club (fitness center) for swimming. We went to the library all the time too. Berry picking, farmers markets (the best around! ) and just the wide open spaces are so wonderful! There is a great club there too, the Blue Loon (www.blueloon.com) which has movies, comedy and music. Great fun for the adults!

:The crunchiness of Fairbanks cannot be beat. I think being from MT, you will love Fairbanks!

Good LUck with the Job and possible move!
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