I'm finding myself looking for a job and as fate would have it, AK has two opportunities that have my curiousity, both are in the Anchorage area. The benefits of the flora and fauna of AK need no embellishment, I'm more interested in the nuts and bolts of life in your great state. This would be a full scale family relocation complete with wife (veterinarian) and two boys ages 7 and 9 and a lab or two Both of the jobs I'm looking at pay well but I'm concerned about the cost of living and housing in AK and how it would compare to my previous salary in Iowa. Are there "suburbs" of Anchorage that one could commute from? What is the weather really like? We have the extremes here- 110+ degree heat indexes in the summer and -60+ degree windchills in winter, I'm curious where Anchorage ends up on the lower end of that scale? How are the schools- good place to raise a family? Too many questions I know, please feel free to answer any/all of them and provide any other insight that might be useful. Thanks!