The biggest thing people don't realize is just how BIG it really is up here.
There are literally five different climate zones. Living up here can be challenging, unless you know what you want to do. The biggest city is Anchorage, 275,000 - 300,000 people. Then you've got Fairbanks, Juneau, and a bunch of smaller cities as well - some not even accessible by road.
Take your time, discover what you WANT to do, and choose from there.
I have to agree that Alaska is a great state and the largest more than twice the size to Texas. We have it all here a few city's and a lot of grow room with just less than 1.1 persons per square mile. If you want to get away from the hussle and bussle of the lower 48 this is the place. But we like Alaska for what it is not what you want it to be we don't like change, so if you are ready for a change of life style and Alaska is the place
One of the biggest disadvantages about living in the central part of Alaska is the weather. Most people don't know how to survive when it get down to -30 and stays there for weeks at a time. Right now the temperature is -11 and most of us sourdoughs think that we are having a heatwave. The second disadvantage about living in Alaska is that it cost way too much money to travel in and out of the state.
Weather in the Interior, prices for everything, and lack of most modern social entertainment avenues are all negatives. If you want to have fun in Alaska, better adapt to the culture or you'll be miserable.
Positives are the amount of privacy you can expect, the lack of government intervention in the lives of Alaskans, and the general variety of individuals that you can potentially meet on a daily basis. There are people who live rural and don't come into town for years...every time they do something has changed.