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
Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Willow is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 39.87% of the Willow workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 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%).
A relatively large number of people in Willow telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 17.66% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.
Residents will find that the town is relatively quiet. This is because it is not over-populated, and it has fewer college students, renters, and young children - all of whom can be noisy at times. So, if you're looking for a relatively peaceful place to live, Willow is worth considering.
In Willow, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 33.05 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.
Willow is a small town, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.