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%).
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 20.73% 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.
Willow is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Willow’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.
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, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 34.32 minutes every day commuting to work.
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.