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Cost of moving: The Alaskan wilderness

The Alaskan wilderness could provide a pleasant change of pace from hectic city life.

The Alaskan wilderness could provide a pleasant change of pace from hectic city life.

It's finally gotten to be too much. City living is driving you mad with the constant noise, pollution, overcrowding and stress, and it's time to escape to the Alaskan wild. Your new neighbors will be a bull moose and a musk ox and you'll be happy living your life in the great outdoors. But what's it going to cost to get yourself and all your stuff up the Alcan Highway and into your new wilderness home?

First off, Alaska is huge. At more than 656,000 square miles, it is twice the size of Texas, and one-fifth the size of the entire continental United States. Its geography is incredibly varied, with 39 mountain ranges, more than 40 active volcanoes, roughly 100,000 glaciers, more coastline than the rest of the United States combined and 3 million inland lakes. Climates range from wet and mild in the south to cool and dry in the center of the state to frozen ice lands in the north. So will all that in mind, it's time to pick a location.

The Municipality of Anchorage, as it is officially known, comprises roughly 40 percent of the population of Alaska. While this may sound like a lot, anyone escaping from a big city like Chicago, Los Angeles or New York might find the city of 291,000 residents (374,000 including the surrounding area) feels more like a large town than a bustling metropolis. Home prices are a little bit higher than the national average. Real estate website Trulia.com recently placed the average list price for homes in the area at just more than $343,500.

The town of Wasilla was thrust into the spotlight during the 2008 presidential election when former vice presidential candidate and current media star Sarah Palin was added to the Republican ticket. With a population of roughly 7,000, the tiny town might provide more of a wilderness feel for urban refugees. It's more affordable than Anchorage, as well. The city reports an average home sales price of $222,000 as of 2007. But if you're looking for something completely off the map, Adak Island might be just the ticket. Once one of the most populated of the Aleutian islands, it is now home to just 316 people, according to the 2000 U.S. Census.

Wherever you decide to move, one thing is for certain: driving a rental truck to Alaska is going to cost an arm and a leg. Consider finding a moving company that provides portable storage containers. The company can drop off the container at your current home, then ship it to the new location in Alaska.