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 where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Big Lake is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce 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.
Because of many things, Big Lake is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Big Lake 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, Big Lake has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local 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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
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 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.