Big Lake is a very small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Alaska. With a population of 3,673 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Big Lake is the 18th largest community in Alaska.
Unlike some towns, Big Lake isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Big Lake are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Big Lake is a town of sales and office workers, construction workers and builders, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Big Lake who work in office and administrative support (12.06%), management occupations (12.06%), and sales jobs (9.43%).
Another notable thing is that Big Lake 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.
Big Lake 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, Big Lake’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, Big Lake has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Big Lake a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.
Big Lake is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
In Big Lake, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 35.39 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.
The percentage of adults in Big Lake with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 16.43% of adults in Big Lake have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Big Lake in 2010 was $30,942, which is upper middle income relative to Alaska and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $123,768 for a family of four. However, Big Lake contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Big Lake is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Big Lake home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Big Lake residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Important ancestries of people in Big Lake include Irish, English, Swedish, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Big Lake is English. Other important languages spoken here include German and Native American languages.