Alaska Senior Living Communities

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Alaska is by far the largest state in the U.S. but also has among the fewest assisted living options. To ensure that you find just the right senior community, Senior Living has gathered web links, resident reviews and helpful articles to assist you in your search. Below are some Alaska facts that you may find useful.

Alaska Senior LivingThe three largest cities in Alaska are Anchorage (pop: 260,283), Fairbanks (pop: 30,224) and Juneau (pop: 30,711). You’ll find the greatest concentration of Alaska’s assisted living options in and around these cities.

Alaska is one of the most expensive states to live in the country. The overall cost of living is 26% higher than the national average and housing costs are 37% higher. Their debt per capita ($14,260) is the highest in the country. However, the state and local tax burden at 6.4% is the lowest of any state. Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine just named Alaska their best place to retire. They cited the state's oil wealth saving's account where all citizens who've lived there at least a year receive a yearly payout. In 2009, each Alaskan received $1,305. And if you can afford the housing costs, Alaska would be—for seniors—an ideal place to retire. According to the real estate site zillow.com, the average home price in Alaska for October 2010 was $249,000. There are no taxes on retirement income and there is no state income tax should you decide to work part-time. For homeowners 65 and older and disabled vets, you’re exempt from the first $150,000 of assessed property value for taxes. The average exemption in 2009 was $1,851. There is no inheritance tax.

Coastal cities like Anchorage have a mild climate compared to northern towns where the climate is sub arctic and even arctic. Anchorage’s average yearly snowfall is 75 inches. The average high in January is 25 degrees; the average July high is 65 degrees. In the interior, in Fairbanks for example, summer temperatures can reach 90, but winters are very cold.

As the largest city Anchorage has the most diverse selection of amenities like the opera, symphony and Anchorage Folk Festival. For the active, Alaska has a seemingly endless array of activities from whale watching on a kayak to bald eagle viewing on the Chilkat River to hiking Denali National Park.

To start, click on a city link or type an address in the box above to get a listing of the closest assisted living options. If you have further questions click on Contact Us, fill in the boxes, and we’ll respond as quickly as we can. Finding the right Alaska senior living communities is easy with Senior Living.