Willow is a very small town located in the state of Alaska. With a population of 2,102 people and just one neighborhood, Willow is the 27th largest community in Alaska.
Occupations and Workforce
Willow is a blue-collar town, with 39.87% of people working in blue-collar occupations, while the average in America is just 27.7%. Overall, Willow is a town of sales and office workers, construction workers and builders and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Willow who work in office and administrative support (14.90%), sales jobs (8.76%) and teaching (6.41%).
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 17.66% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Setting & Lifestyle
Another notable thing is that Willow is a major vacation destination. Much of the town’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, Willow’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.
Because of many things, Willow is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Willow a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Willow has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Willow’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
It is a fairly quiet town because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Willow has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Willow has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Willow than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Willow may be for you.
One downside of living in Willow is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Willow, the average commute to work is 33.05 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average.
As is often the case in a small town, Willow doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.