Willow is a very small town located in the state of Alaska. With a population of 2,305 people and just one neighborhood, Willow is the 27th largest community in Alaska.
Occupations and Workforce
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Willow is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Willow is a town of sales and office workers, construction workers and builders and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Willow who work in sales jobs (13.09%), office and administrative support (12.26%) and personal care services (7.78%).
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 17.19% 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 an extremely popular destination for tourists and seasonal residents. So much of the population is seasonal such that the town’s population swells significantly during the vacation season, and drops again when the season ends. Because of this, much of the local economy is centered around tourism; some businesses may be operated only during the high season. During the low season, year-round residents will notice that the city is a substantially quieter place to live.
The town is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Willow has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Willow a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.
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 32.11 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.