Akutan is a very small coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Alaska. With a population of 1,041 people and just one neighborhood, Akutan is the 37th largest community in Alaska.
Occupations and Workforce
Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Akutan is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 86.93% of the Akutan workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Akutan is a city of production and manufacturing workers, transportation and shipping workers and construction workers and builders. There are especially a lot of people living in Akutan who work in maintenance occupations (3.42%), office and administrative support (2.59%) and farm management occupations (2.12%).
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 11.02% 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
Akutan’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the nation, making it a very safe place to live.
It is a fairly quiet city 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!) Akutan 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. Akutan has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Akutan than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Akutan may be for you.
One of the nice things about Akutan is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Akutan spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 7.56 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
Being a small city, Akutan does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.