Big Lake, AK
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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.

Big Lake is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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.

Because of many things, Big Lake is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Big Lake really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Big Lake perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

One downside of living in Big Lake is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Big Lake, the average commute to work is 35.39 minutes, which is quite a bit 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.

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