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
Willow is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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%).
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 17.19% 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 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.
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, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 32.11 minutes every day commuting to work.
Being a small town, Willow does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.