This section is dedicated to Troopers, new recruits and perspective recruits who may be transferring or interested in transferring to the bush in their first five (5) years.
The information provided herein is presented to provide relevant information as to what can be expected, and to provide insight on post locations, responsibilities, and local dynamics.
About Bush Communities
The Community Information Summaries presents a summary of the most frequently asked questions for each community in Alaska. Including community location, population, taxes, climate, history, culture, demographics, utilities, schools, health care, economy, transportation, and major contacts.
The Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development (DCCED) has made available a selection of images from the former Division of Tourism's slide library for your use in illustrating and promoting Alaska. Please visit the Alaska Photo Library's site.
Detailed Bush Data
You may view the deatailed bush data on DCCED's Community Database Online
Alaska is a large and diverse state, and to encourage and assist state employees as they perform their duties in remote locations, cost-of-living differentials have been established by statute and by contract.
The statutory references that form the basis of these cost-of-living differentials, often referred to as geographic differentials, are found in AS 39.27.020. In some instances, retirement benefits will be adjusted to include these cost-of-living differentials. See AS 39.35.675.
Refinements of these baseline cost-of-living differentials are detailed in the associated collective bargaining agreements for those Department of Public Safety Employees represented by the PSEA Bargaining unit agreement on page 45 or the APEA Bargaining Unit agreement in Article 24.3.
Please contact the Recruitment office for additional information.
Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DOL) provides up-to-date Regional Information. You may view it on the DOL's site.
Where Liquor is Banned
Many communities in Alaska have banned the sale, importation and/or possession of liquor or otherwise restricted its sale and possession in other manners. The table below represents the status of liquor law in these communities as of July 2004. More information about the status of these prohibitions can be found at the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board site.