10 Hardest Working Places in Alaska
Alaska is an exceptional state, home to distinct climate zones and wildlife aplenty – not to mention Native people with vibrant cultures that make for breathtaking landscapes and views. Alaska may not be for everyone, but those willing to work hard might find the right opportunity here.
But Alaska takes this work ethic one step further; here are the 10 hardest working places.
Anchorage, with 300,000 inhabitants and growing, is a modern city of 300,000. Residents from its downtown to the mountains enjoy fishing ice, hiking and biking during summer days before skiing during the winter season.
Far North Bicentennial Park and Kincaid Park serve as green spaces that connect it all; Chester and Campbell creek paths also connect their paths together. Meanwhile, wildlife roams freely through downtown streets; King salmon can be found filling Ship Creek during summer, and the Alaska Native Heritage Center features traditional crafts, dances, and dwellings from Alaska Native peoples.
Wallethub conducted research that took into account several factors, such as employment rate, unutilized vacation days and how many citizens work multiple jobs simultaneously. Based on these findings, they determined the top 10 hardest working places.
Alaskans are well known for their hardworking ethic; one place takes this Puritan work-around-the-clock attitude even further: Steele Creek.
Residents in this tiny town work more than any other in the state, putting in an average of 1,780.8 hours annually – this figure represents over 84 hours more work than is estimated for national average.
ConocoPhillips is one of Alaska’s biggest employers and can be found both within its borders and worldwide.
Georgianna Lincoln is playing an essential role in shaping Alaska’s Native communities’ futures. An Athabascan from Rampart, she worked to secure Alaska Native land claims during the 1970s and ’80s as well as create health and education programs in her region before serving for 14 years as Alaska State Senate member before currently becoming chairman of Doyon Corporation and its subsidiaries.
Fairbanks, Alaska’s second-largest city and one of its toughest labor markets, was recently named one of the hardest working places in America by WalletHub’s study on states and cities according to average workweek, employment rate, idle youth rates, unused vacation days and volunteer hours.
The city’s unique Arctic landscape provides a backdrop for year-round exploration and discovery. Visitors can witness midnight sun and northern lights during summer visits; during winter ice sculpture artists compete at World Eskimo-Indian Olympics while locals take advantage of snowmobile tours along Chena River State Recreation Area and snowmobile tours for winter getaways.
Culture is vibrant in Anchorage as well. Notable museums large and small, breweries, eclectic shopping opportunities and festivals make this Alaska destination worth seeing.
Girdwood is an idyllic resort town that welcomes both locals and visitors. Hotel Alyeska serves as its centerpiece; located at the base of Mount Alyeska. There are also an array of restaurants, gear rentals, the Alyeska Tram and more in Girdwood.
Skiers and snowboarders are among the primary visitors to this region, contributing their money directly into local economies. Hiking, camping and rafting activities also remain popular summer activities.
Alaska offers some incredible landscapes to discover in a unique way, and helicopter tours provide an ideal way to do just that. Many tours feature flightseeing where you can glide over glacier-formed valleys and picturesque mountain peaks. Also check out the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center; here, visitors can learn more about native Alaskan animals!
Coldfoot lies just north of the Arctic Circle and serves as an essential stopover for truckers making the difficult drive from Fairbanks to Deadhorse. Established during the gold rush as Slate Creek, Coldfoot later received its current moniker after miners became uneasy about enduring Alaska’s harsh winter climate and turned around.
Coldfoot Camp, the world’s farthest north truck stop, is perhaps its signature attraction in Coldfoot Town. Established by Iditarod champion Dick Mackey who created an inviting atmosphere by offering delicious hamburgers at his stands as well as “no-fuss sack lunches” for backcountry adventures, Coldfoot Camp remains an icon.
Stay at Coldfoot Camp in one of its trailers or indulge in more luxurious accommodations at the Coldfoot Inn, made up of former mining bunkhouses. For an unforgettable visit, plan to come in winter when you can witness the northern lights dancing across the sky!
6. Denali National Park
Alaska’s mountainous interior crown jewel provides an oasis for wildlife and people alike, providing a full subarctic eco-system as well as large mammals such as grizzly bears and Dall sheep.
Visitor centers within Denali National Park are an invaluable source of information, exhibits and guided tours that offer visitors an in-depth exploration of its wildlife and scenery. Here is also where visitors can gain an appreciation of Denali’s diversity as you learn more about its inhabitants and landscape.
Denali National Park offers guests the ideal time and conditions for wildlife viewing between mid-May and mid-September when park buses run and wildlife can be seen best. By taking advantage of this seasonal opportunity, guests may benefit from special rates on lodging and activities; furthermore it offers guests an ideal chance to practice Leave No Trace principles, with selecting reusable water bottles and cutting down waste being easy ways of lessening impact; alternatively you could consider an all-inclusive rail vacation package from Anchorage or Fairbanks which reduces environmental footprint by traveling by train!
Juneau is Alaska’s capital city and home to an active community with mountains, waterways, wildlife and an array of outdoor adventures awaiting discovery. Cruise ship tourism plays an integral role in its economy while cruise tourism accounts for much of Juneau’s economy.
Attracting tourists, there are also many nationally owned hotels and locally run inns, B&Bs, and vacation rentals located here – providing a comfortable atmosphere in which to work hard while still finding some time for leisurely pleasures and adventure.
State government employees make up the largest employer in Juneau and many of them enjoy living on what’s known as a “hitch” schedule, meaning they work two weeks on and two weeks off to enjoy Alaska without missing out on an income stream. They can hunt deer and grouse, fish during salmon runs, or ski at local mountain spots like Mt. Juneau or Eaglecrest without missing out on paying the bills! Achieve this work/play balance is something many aspire to.
As its name implies, Seward serves as an ideal gateway to rugged mountains and Resurrection Bay. However, this ice-free port town also boasts an active art scene and charming downtown that draws travelers year round. Alaska SeaLife Center features wildlife such as harbor seals, puffins and otters; Seward Museum exhibits everything from Iditarod relics to authentic cow raincoats designed for residents living in rainier regions of Alaska.
To determine America’s hardworking places, WalletHub evaluated several indicators, such as average work week hours, unused vacation days and the share of citizens holding multiple jobs. Alaskans seem to understand the value of hard work; don’t be shocked if you see Alaskans working nonstop! But don’t take it personally–they still find time for fun–it just may come in a different form!
Sitka, Alaska offers visitors a glimpse into Alaska’s colorful heritage. Popular activities in Sitka include hiking and kayaking in an underwater marine ecosystem bursting with life; visitors can also discover Sitka’s vibrant culture and rich history.
Baranof and Chichagof islands form the backdrop of this city which served as the Russian American capital until being transferred to the United States in 1867. St Michael’s Cathedral features onion domes and is recognized as a national historic landmark; additionally, there is the 1842 Russian Bishop’s House which also ranks among historical landmarks.
Sheldon Jackson College was a small Presbyterian-affiliated university that closed in 2015, while the University of Alaska Southeast-Sitka Campus operates on Japonski Island. Sitka also features a community center and public library; most workers in Sitka work in education, health care, or local government fields – these industries record higher workweek hours but fewer leisure opportunities according to WalletHub’s report.
America is famous for its hardworking people and work ethic. However, one part of Alaska takes this ethic even further: Skagway.
Placed along the Inside Passage cruise ship route, this small town provides gold rush era buildings preserved as part of Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. Meanwhile, vintage locomotives of White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad travel past steep Chilkoot Trail with breathtaking mountain views as they climb towards Canada.
Skagway survives by becoming a bustling boomtown during summer when up to five cruise ships per day dock and tourists descend upon Broadway Avenue, drinking beer at Red Onion Saloon and shopping souvenir shops aplenty. A visit here makes any Alaska cruise trip worthwhile!