Things to know when moving to Nome:
Good website Nome Alaska Visitor’s Center FAQs
Internet: You will need to get GCI, it’s all dial-up here. I am currently plugged in. This comes with my apartment, so I’m not entirely sure how much it is per month. Plus you can get all sorts of different packages with high-speed internet, cable TV, digital services…etc. Basic broadband package starts at $30 per month.
Phone: I have Verizon, it’s always on “Extended” service. But it works most of the time! Occasionally I will get a voicemail 2 hours later, so not sure how long I can depend on it. I do have a 2-year contract, but apparently GCI buys out people’s contracts, which is helpful. People say AT&T is the other wireless way to go, and there is an office here. In talking to folks around here, they like it because it is available anywhere they travel outside of AK. I heard their customer service is not great, since they are the only act in town… but I can’t speak from personal experience. *I will update this as I learn more.*
There is no post man here in Nome, everyone just has a PO box. You can sign up for it online and fill out the normal form to get a box: http://about.usps.com/forms/ps1093.pdf.
Currently they may not have one, so I had to sign up for General Delivery. my address literally is my name, General Delivery, Nome AK 99762. The window is only open 9am-5pm Monday through Friday, and I’ll probably never make it there because of work. Not open on weekends.
Therefore, I will piggy back on my neighbors while I’m on the wait list. Lots of people here rely heavily on having goods sent by mail, which is often the cheapest way to get it. One new trick that I just learned about is to become a member of Amazon Prime (which costs $79 per year), and will then provide free shipping!
Housing: Housing is bloody expensive here! It compares to cities like New York and San Francisco (more on the outskirts). For example, a trailor home goes for $250,000. And most nicer homes are $300,000+. The realtors are Nome Sweet Homes. And they are wonderful!
This is their cute office: