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 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 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.
It is a fairly quiet town because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Willow has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Willow has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Willow than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Willow may be for you.
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.