Frequently Asked Questions about Alaska

If you have questions about Alaska, we can answer them. Here are just some of the most common ones. If you don't see your question here, please feel free to contact us here.

Education

Alaska currently has approximately 500 public schools. We are on the cutting edge of using computers and distance education and have the some of the highest academic standards in reading, writing, and mathematics.
  • Question: Where can I find out how well a school is doing?
  • Answer: The State of Alaska and the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development publishes information about each school and how the school is performing. To get a report card for a school, you can visit: Report Card to the Public
  • Question: How do I determine my school district?
  • Answer: For a map of all the school districts, visit: Alaska District Contact Information
  • Question: I am looking for a teaching position. Where can I find openings?
  • Answer: The ATP (Alaska Teacher Placement) keeps a updated list of all teaching positions at all grade levels. You can check the listing by visiting: Alaska Teacher Placement
  • Question: I would like to contact the Board of Education.
  • Answer: The current Board of Education can be found on the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development. Visit them at: State Board of Education & Early Development
  • Question: I want to plan my move around the school calendar.
  • Answer: A school calendar for each district can be found on the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development. Visit them at: Alaska Public School Database


Employment

Each year, thousands of people inquire about work in Alaska and discover all the benefits and employment opportunities Alaska has to offer. Alaska has some of the most diverse employment environments anywhere.

Recreation

Alaska has it all. In the summer, there is hiking, fishing, hunting, site seeing, gold mining, and more. In the winter, we have sled dogs, hot springs, night life, snow sports, and more. And we have award winning theaters, museums, galleries, and entertainment.
  • Question: I want to find out more about the Alaska State Parks.
  • Answer: State parks information including closure dates, events, and cabin rentals can be viewed by visiting Alaska State Parks
  • Question: I want to catch that big one! (Hunting and Fishing)
  • Answer: In order catch the "big one", you need to know where to go, what licenses are required, and dates the fish are running. All of which can be found here at Sport Fisheries.
    For hunting information, visit: Hunting, Trapping & Shooting
  • Question: Are the mosquitoes really "that big" in Alaska?
  • Answer: Yes, yes they are. And in the millions. Alaska Trekker


Resident

Being a resident in Alaska opens the door to a ton of opportunities, including the PFD.
  • Question: I want to become a resident of AlaskAnswer:
  • Answer: We can help you with everything you will need for becoming a resident. Contact us now
  • Question: I want general information about being a resident.
  • Answer: For general information, along with employment and recreational activities, visit State of Alaska
  • Question: I hear the state pays you to live in AlaskAnswer:
  • Answer: Not exactly. The oil and gas companies are required to pay into a Permanent Fund Dividend every year. And each year, all full-time residents of Alaska can apply for "their share" of the pot. The amount of people who apply determines how much each person receives. For more information about the PDF, visit PDF
  • Question: What is the weather and climate like in Alaska?
  • Answer: Well if you are looking for igloos, it is going to be hard to find them. Here is some information about the weather. And check out the 85lb second place cabbage.


The Land of the Midnight Sun

Alaska gets as much daylight and darkness as anywhere else on earth over the course of a year; it's just distributed differently.

Summer is a time of long days. Above the Arctic Circle, the day can be 24 hours long or months long. In Anchorage, almost 400 miles south of the circle, the summer solstice day is 19.5 hours long.

Winter has much shorter days. Above the Arctic Circle, the night can last for months, although lingering twilight brightens the sky. In Anchorage, the shortest day still provides 4.5 hours of daylight.

Around the equinoxes in March and September, Alaska gets the same 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness the rest of the world does.

*Information found on AlaskAnswer: com