Welcome to America’s Northernmost Town: Barrow, Alaska

Michele Debczak
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For citizens living in the lower 48, or the contiguous U.S., the longest day of the year fell on June 21 and lasted between 14 and 16 hours. In Barrow, Alaska, that stretch of uninterrupted sunlight is still going strong and will continue until it reaches a total of 82 days.

As the video below—from Wendover Productions and Real Life Lore—shows, life in America’s northernmost town isn’t easy. Everyday products are expensive and traveling to and from Barrow is a hassle. For most of the year, the only way to leave safely is by airplane.

Despite the inconvenient location, the town boasts an impressive population size. For most residents, the area is a part of their heritage and for a smaller group, oil was the main drawn.

Interested in reading about more out-of-the-way places? Check out our list of the most isolated towns on Earth.

[h/t Wendover Productions]