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 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 great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Willow a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Willow has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Willow’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
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.
As is often the case in a small town, Willow doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.