• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
1m 10s

Alaskan homes showing their age

By Lauren Maxwell 8:28 PM June 24, 2014
ANCHORAGE –

When it comes to housing, Alaska stacks up a little differently than the Lower 48.

The Alaska Housing Finance Corporation recently released a report that looks at existing housing across the state and compares it to the rest of the country. According to the report, homes in Alaska use nearly twice as much energy per year as homes in other northern states. They tend to be smaller and much less energy efficient. The smaller size also lends itself to another statistic; Alaskan homes are overcrowded — more than twice the national average.

“In 2009, which is when we did the last housing assessment, there were roughly 10,000 homes that were considered overcrowded in Alaska,” said AHFC’s Jimmy Ord. “Today we stand at 15,000 homes in Alaska that are overcrowded.”

Ord estimates there are nearly 90,000 homes in the state that have issues which require updates to make them more livable or energy efficient. Most homes in the state were built during the pipeline boom of the 1970s and ’80s, he said, and many are showing their age.

Nearly one in three Alaskan households may also spending too much on their housing costs, the report says. If you’re spending 30 percent or more of your household income on housing costs — whether it’s rent and utilities or a mortgage and property taxes — you could be putting yourself at risk for affording basic things like food and medical care.

Latest Stories

  • Lifestyle

    Could a change to the packaging help stop tobacco use?

    by CBS News on May 31, 11:51

    The United Nations’ health agency says “plain packaging” on tobacco products has shown to be an effective complement to health warnings, advertising restrictions, and curbs on misleading packaging to help save lives. The World Health Organization released Tuesday an 86-page report on “plain packaging,” hoping to decrease the lure of smoking on “World No Tobacco Day.” WHO Director General […]

  • Politics

    Alaska House, Senate negotiators reach deal on state budget

    by Becky Bohrer / AP on May 31, 7:38

    House and Senate negotiators have reached a deal on a state budget that restores funding for public schools, reduces a cut to the university system and is aimed at keeping state workers from receiving layoff warnings. The compromise, which must be approved by the House and Senate, was announced late Monday night and addresses numerous […]

  • News

    Two Southwest Alaska wildfires grow, expected to merge

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 31, 6:00

    Last updated at 7:40 p.m. on Monday, May 30 Windy conditions helped the Medfra Fire grow Monday, according to Alaska Division of Forestry spokeswoman Sarah Saarloos. She said the new size of the fire hadn’t been determined. Fire crews were staging in Nikolai and awaiting additional resources, according to Saarloos. The Medfra fire was expected […]

  • Lifestyle

    First cruise ship of summer docks in Anchorage for Memorial Day weekend

    by Daniella Rivera on May 30, 22:52

    It’s officially tourist season as the first cruise ship of the year has docked at the Port of Anchorage for Memorial Day, bringing hundreds of passengers to the city. The average tourist spends about $941 in Alaska during their stay. With oil prices still low, every dollar they put into the local economy helps. “We […]

  • News

    Hundreds attend Memorial Day services at national cemetery on JBER

    by Lauren Maxwell on May 30, 19:33

    Beautiful weather drew big crowds to a Memorial Day service at the Fort Richardson National Cemetery on Monday. Each of the more than 5,000 graves had a small American flag put there by volunteers. Some of the graves also had flowers, including one belonging to William Davis. Davis’ daughter Tiffany Call laid flowers at his grave. […]

  • News

    Troopers: 19-year-old shot at Fairbanks party, shooter at large

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on May 30, 19:00

    A Fairbanks woman is in an Anchorage hospital after she was shot at a party early Sunday morning. The shooting occurred around 3 a.m. at a large party on Drake Street in Fairbanks, according to an Alaska State Trooper dispatch. When troopers arrived at the scene, they found a 19-year-old woman who’d been shot. The […]

  • Lifestyle

    New treatment gives hope for those with opioid addiction

    by Anna Werner / CBS News on May 30, 18:10

    Addiction to opioids — including painkillers and heroin – takes nearly 29,000 American lives each year. But a new treatment for addicts — using implants — should be available by the end of next month. Thirty-nine year-old Chris Borgeone got hooked on pain killers after breaking his hip in 2003. “I woke up every day and my […]

  • News

    Anchorage Park Strip ceremony honors Alaska’s fallen

    by Bonney Bowman on May 30, 17:12

    Memorial Day is a chance to honor those who gave their lives serving our country, from those who died in the war for our nation’s freedom to those ensuring that freedom exists for others around the globe. The Municipality of Anchorage hosted the annual remembrance ceremony Monday, honoring the service of those who made the ultimate […]