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F Barrow Amenities Not many amenities close to this location
F Barrow Cost of Living Cost of living is 2% lower than Alaska
12626% more expensive than the US average
13030% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Barrow cost of living
F Barrow Crime Total crime is 19% lower than Alaska
Total crime
3,52728% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2928% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
24%Year over year crime is up
Barrow crime
F Barrow Employment Household income is 6% higher than Alaska
Median household income
$78,80442% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$28,1376% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
11%144% higher than the US average
Barrow employment
B Barrow Housing Home value is 31% lower than Alaska
Median home value
$177,8004% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$1,09716% higher than the US average
Home ownership
44%31% lower than the US average
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F Barrow Schools HS graduation rate is 11% lower than Alaska
High school grad. rates
78%6% lower than the US average
School test scores
12%76% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
12:124% lower than the US average
Barrow K-12 schools or Barrow colleges

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Great place for the bragging rights. Now, winters are cold, in the minuses with 35 mph wind and blowing snow. March brings higher temps (as high as +7F while April brings highs in the teens with melting snow and everything mud. There are no tarmac roads, just graded cinder and lots of potholes in warmer weather. Big whale hunt in April, that is worth seeing, as it goes on all month. Polar bears are around in late winter,averaging about 1 a week, even had one in the middle of town. They will eat you, tho no ones been killed for about 8 years. Food is insanely expensive, if you work here, pack your own, even at $75 a bag pays for itself quickly. Bring as many canned meats as you can, a single can of Spam for example is $5-6 alone. Don't try wearing less than 800wt down in the winter, good gloves and facemask, you won't be able to endure the cold more than 10 minutes, which is a shame you'll miss the Northern lights which are impressive. Most electronics won't work in this cold, just a warning. Transport is via non English speaking rat trap cab drivers 24/7, if you don't need Alaska Cab don't use them, I like Barrow Cab myself. Flights are very limited out of Barrow. Top of the World has nice accommodations and there is also Air Port Inn, who are very helpful. UIC has rental cars, these aren't cheap. You can buy Inupiat Art at the Wells Fargo (only bank), the Artic Circle Grocers and the Inupiat Heritage Center across street. Weather can change suddenly, dangerously so in winter, expect high winds in afternoon, Cell phone service is very spotty, Verizon only worked about half the time I was up here and internet, welllll, welcome to the 60's. In the winter it's kinda charming, but once the snow melts it's a res town, guaranteed to amaze and appall.
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Source: The Barrow, AK data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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