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 construction workers and builders, service providers and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Big Lake who work in office and administrative support (11.75%), management occupations (10.54%) and food service (8.67%).
A relatively large number of people in Big Lake telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 9.16% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.
Another notable thing is that Big Lake is a major vacation destination. Much of the town’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, Big Lake’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much 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.
Residents will find that the town is relatively quiet. This is because it is not over-populated, and it has fewer college students, renters, and young children - all of whom can be noisy at times. So, if you're looking for a relatively peaceful place to live, Big Lake is worth considering.
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, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 34.03 minutes every day commuting to work.
The education level of Big Lake citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 18.66% of adults 25 and older in Big Lake have a college degree.
The per capita income in Big Lake in 2010 was $29,687, which is middle income relative to Alaska, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $118,748 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 German, Irish, English, Scottish, Swedish and Norwegian.
The most common language spoken in Big Lake is English.
|BIG LAKE INFORMATION||DETAILS|
|NUMBER OF HOMES AND APARTMENTS||1,351|
|BIG LAKE HOME OWNERSHIP|
|% OWNER OCCUPIED||80.24%|
|% RENTER OCCUPIED||19.76%|
|TYPE OF BIG LAKE HOMES|
|SINGLE FAMILY DETACHED||92.67%|
|ROWHOUSES AND ATTACHED HOMES||1.74%|
|SMALL APARTMENT BUILDINGS||3.54%|
|COMPLEXES OR HIGH RISE APARTMENTS||0.71%|
|SIZE OF BIG LAKE HOMES|
|5 OR MORE BEDROOMS||2.20%|
|AGE OF BIG LAKE HOMES|
|NEWER HOMES (2000 OR LATER)||26.16%|
|ESTABLISHED, BUT NOT OLD HOMES (1970-1999)||61.63%|
|WELL-ESTABLISHED, OLD HOMES (1940-1969)||12.00%|
|HISTORIC (1939 OR BEFORE)||0.21%|
|BIG LAKE REAL ESTATE INFORMATION||DETAILS|
|MEDIAN HOME VALUE||$214,317|
|MEDIAN RENTAL PRICE||$1,258|
|HOME VALUE RANGE|
|$0 - $55,000||5.54%|
|$55,001 - $110,000||8.95%|
|$110,001 - $219,000||38.01%|
|$219,001 - $329,000||23.99%|
|$329,001 - $439,000||11.62%|
|$439,001 - $548,000||5.35%|
|$548,001 - $822,000||3.78%|
|$822,001 - $1,096,000||0.46%|
|PEOPLE OF BIG LAKE||DETAILS|
|UNDER 5 YEARS||5.33%|
|5 TO 17||21.19%|
|18 TO 24||8.64%|
|25 TO 34||10.96%|
|35 TO 54||27.81%|
|55 TO 64||13.26%|
|65 YEARS AND OVER||12.81%|
|EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT OF ADULTS|
|HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES||92.17%|
|MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME||$66,713|
|PER CAPITA INCOME||$29,687|
|INDIVIDUALS BELOW POVERTY LEVEL||10.50%|
|INDUSTRIES PEOPLE WORK IN||Construction (18.86%)
Public Service (5.72%)
Professional, scientific, and technical services (3.61%)
|BLACK OR AFRICAN AMERICAN||1.21%|
|AMERICAN INDIAN AND ALASKA NATIVE||6.74%|
|NATIVE HAWAIIAN AND OTHER PACIFIC ISLANDERS||0.40%|
|SOME OTHER RACE ALONE||0.76%|
|TWO OR MORE RACES||10.10%|
|HISPANIC OR LATINO (OF ANY RACE)||5.68%|
|ETHNICITIES PRESENT||German (15.81%)
|LANGUAGES SPOKEN||English (92.98%)
Native American languages (1.07%)
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