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 38.17% 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 managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Willow who work in office and administrative support (19.02%), business and financial occupations (7.85%) and management occupations (7.49%).
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 20.73% 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.
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 34.32 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average.
Being a small town, Willow does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.