Homesteading in Alaska

Homesteading in Alaska – here is a summary of some of the important considerations for starting off your homestead journey in this state.

Homesteading in Alaska

Climate  – Click on the city/town links for more ‘local’ data

Geography – general geographic information

Geology  – geologic information (what rocks do we find)

Legal/Tax considerations

Building codes

Agricultural statistics

Home schooling

Average land price per acre (2013) : $no data


Homesteader Comments

Read below what real homesteaders in this state think the pros and cons for living and homesteading here.  Add your own in the comments!

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4 thoughts on “Homesteading in Alaska

  • July 19, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Alaska is pro self sustaining/self sufficient. In the south east the weather is mild with cool summers and not too harsh winters. As long as you are out of a town there are no building codes, the promote homeschooling with programs such as IDEA homeschool which pays for all materials. There are also subsistence hunting and fishing programs. Alaska is by far the best state I have ever lived. I left Wyoming and Montana for here because of the “live and let live” lifestyle here. Government interference is minimal.

    • April 12, 2016 at 8:46 pm

      I have been in Law enforcement since I was 16 years old and am done. When I was 8 years old I walked the neighborhood looking to cut grass and met a lady around the corner who kinda adopted me. She was Pennsylvania-Dutch and grew up on a farm with eight brothers and sisters. Turns out she had a cabin in Pennsylvania and we would homestead in the summers when I was not in school (best time of my life). I am now trying t take an early retirement and homestead permanent with may be part time job till I get going. I have looked on some real estate web sites but there does not seem to be much rural land that I can find. Can you tell me where to look and things I should consider before making a decision. I have been researching this move for over two years and have detailed plans and journals for just about any type of land.

  • September 23, 2016 at 6:49 am

    Pros: LOTS of rural land, some of it quite cheap (100s of dollars per acre rather than 1000s) with large ranch-sized parcels still available. Fewer plant pests. Low population; only a few major cities. Locals generally have a friendly Live-and-let-live, tolerant, attitude. The long days are like magic for certain plants, like cabbage, which just keep growing to monstrous sizes. Unmatched scenery and wildlife; Heaven for outdoorsmen: hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, canoeing, etc…

    Cons: winters north of Denali can be BRUTALLY cold, dark, and long; hard on you, even harder on livestock. Culture – What’s that? Isolated from big city lifestyle (or should that go in the Pro column?), high prices (including gasoline!) since little is manufactured in state and only certain crops can grow (forget about growing most anything that needs a long warm growing season). Some plants “bolt” and just go to seed from too much sunlight. Wildlife that doesn’t think you’re top of the food chain, including billions of mosquitoes. No electric power, fuel, plumbing or even cell phone and radio if you get too far from an urban center. Careful – Some areas have permafrost which isn’t conducive to building or farming. Oh, besides having our fair share of homegrown loonies, we get dropouts from the Lower 48 trying to run from problems or the law. If you’re one of those, just head South instead.

    Not trying to scare anybody off, it’s definitely doable, just letting you know what to expect.

    Good luck.

    • September 23, 2016 at 6:55 am

      Thanks Walter – this is fantastic local information!


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