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
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 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 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 is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Willow, the average commute to work is 33.05 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.