A small town of about 15,000 located some 40 miles north of Anchorage. If you take away the surrounding snow-capped mountains, it's as if you're in a small town in the Midwestern United States. It's the cheapest place to own a home in the state, but there is a sales tax. The vibe of the town and people is rather sleazy; most of the population are blue-collar in their living conditions and mentality. Many spacious homes with potential to be nice and well-kept have appliances outside and cars propped up on concrete blocks. Drug deals and manufacturing are commonplace, especially methamphetamine. A good quarter of the population or more work on the North Slope and many others commute to Anchorage to work.
by waspcoloredstain February 15, 2014