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.

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 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, 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.

It is a fairly quiet town 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!) Big Lake 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. Big Lake has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Big Lake than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Big Lake may be for you.

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.

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 citizens of Big Lake are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 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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