Alaska Assisted Living Regulations
Assisted living communities are regulated by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Commissioner’s Office. Public access to assisted living records and violations history in Alaska is rated as basic. The state does not make information about inspections, violations, and complaints available online, so you must submit a request to the state to find the compliance history of a specific community.
In Alaska, an assisted living facility, or assisted living home, provides a system of care in a homelike environment for elderly persons who need assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs). ADLs include but are not limited to: bathing, dressing, eating, walking, physical transfer, giving medications, or helping residents give themselves medications.
Cost of Living
Overall, the cost of living in Alaska is considered to be higher than the national average. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.
- Cost of Living: 131
- Groceries: 134
- Housing: 134
- Utilities: 154
- Transportation: 131
About 13% of Alaska’s population are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, Alaska leaned conservative.
2016 Presidential Election
- 37% voted Democratic
- 51% voted Republican
- 12% voted third party
- Median age: 35
- Over the age of 55: 25%
- 2018 population: 737,438
- 2020 population: 732,764
- Estimated 2025 population: 721,209
- 30% regularly attend a religious service
- 45% consider themselves atheist, agnostic, or a non-believer
- The state has a total of 1,246 congregations
- There are 27 Masonic lodges in the state
Climate and Weather
By far the northernmost U.S. state, Alaska overall has a much cooler climate than the rest of the country, and its large size and geographic variation mean the state has many different climate classifications. In the southeastern panhandle, where the capital city Juneau is located, the temperate rainforests along the Pacific coast have an oceanic climate with mild temperatures throughout the year, accompanied by lots of rainfall. The higher elevations in the inland part of the panhandle — like much of Alaska’s interior and northern regions — have subarctic and tundra climates, with short, cool summers and winters with extreme cold and much snowfall. The Aleutian Islands in the southwest portion of the state have an oceanic climate similar to the panhandle. In Alaska’s southern coastal region, Anchorage has relatively mild temperatures with a warm-summer Mediterranean continental climate, although it’s surrounded by higher elevations with colder temperatures and more snow. There are pockets of cold semi-arid climates in the interior and northern regions of the state, and some areas in the far north have an Arctic — or ice-cap — climate with long and extremely cold winters.
Humidity and Precipitation
- Average humidity level: 77%
- Average monthly precipitation: 3”
- Average maximum monthly precipitation: 22” (October)
- Average air quality index rating: 30 (Good)
- Average maximum air quality rating: 42 in February (Good)
- Average temperature: 32°F
- Average summer temperature: 54°F
- Typical summer high: 74°F (July)
- Typical summer low: 31°F (June)
- Average winter temperature: 12°F
- Typical winter high: 43°F (February)
- Typical winter low: -31°F (February)
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