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%).
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 9.16% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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 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. 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 34.03 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.
In terms of college education, Big Lake is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 18.66% of adults 25 and older in Big Lake have a bachelor's degree or advanced 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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