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%).
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 17.66% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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 vacation destination. A significant portion of the population is seasonal. During the vacation season, the town experiences a large influx of people who take up residence in second homes they own in the area. As the vacation season ends, the population drops again, leaving behind a substantially quieter and smaller town.
Because of many things, Willow is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Willow really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Willow perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.
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.
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.
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.