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Some Misconceptions About Alaska

Some Misconceptions About Alaska

Okay so I have made it known that I want to move to Alaska to teach, so I thought I would share some of the research I have done over the past few months to try and educate some others.

One thing we all know is that Alaska is the biggest state in the union. But even being from Texas I don’t think most people understand just how big it is. Most do not even understand how big Texas is before visiting.

So, here are some facts:

  • If Alaska were a country it would be the 33rd biggest in the world right between Nigeria and Venezuela.
  • If you combined the three biggest states after Alaska (Texas, California, Montana), Alaska would still be bigger.
  • Alaska is twice the size of Texas.
  • It is one-fifth the size of the lower 48.
  • It’s shoreline is longer than the entire Atlantic Coast.
  • In winter, one part can be 40 degrees above freezing and another 40 below on the same day.

This is a great site to show you just how big the state is. You can choose the state you live in and then it will compare it with Alaska. It is actually fun to play around with.

How Big is Alaska?

One of the most common reactions is how will you deal with living in total darkness half the year. Again this goes back to how big Alaska is. Most of the state you will see sunlight at least some each day. The closer you get to the Arctic Circle the less you will have.

Here are some things I have found out about the sunlight:

  • Residents of Barrow (northernmost city) will not see the sun for 67 days during the winter.
  • Residents of Barrow will see the sun at midnight for 80 days during the summer.
  • Residents in Anchorage (below Arctic Circle) see sunlight everyday. Some days are shorter than others but it at worse it might be sunny from 10-11am to 3-4pm.

What is the Arctic Circle?

The Arctic Circle is the boundary of the true midnight sun. South of this line the sun rises and sets all year round.

If you have any questions about living in Alaska, let me know. While I haven’t done it yet, I have done a lot of research and I think most people have a lot of misconceptions about it.

About Eric Bynum
I taught ESL for three years in South Korea and now I am looking to set out on a new journey after just finishing my teaching certification in the US. I hope to continue teaching and traveling and you can follow his journeys here.

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