Wow, Barrow? from the East Coast? I worked in Barrow for awhile, albeit quite a few years ago. Barrow is a predominately native town in the Arctic. There is quite a bit of money in Barrow, resulting from the local native corporation's royalty payments on oil. There is also quite a bit of poverty there. Think of a small town on an absolutely flat plain over 300 miles north of the Arctic Circle, surrounded by marsh on two sides and the Arctic Ocean on the other two. Think of a place where -40 degrees is not unusual and the sun disappears for over 2 months a year. It costs more than $600 and takes over an hour to fly to Barrow from Anchorage, the only town in Alaska with over 100,000 people. Think what is costs to buy a quart of milk there. On the other hand, there are deep and fascinating native roots in the town, including an active whale hunt. They even have a new high school football field, although their nearest opponent is over 500 miles away. In short, Barrow is nothing like anything most people have experienced. I'd strongly suggest that you visit before committing to work/live there. You might love it ..... or maybe not.