Haines, AK
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Haines 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 1,753 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Haines is the 31st largest community in Alaska.

Haines is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Haines is a town of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Haines who work in sales jobs (12.06%), office and administrative support (11.89%), and management occupations (8.09%).

Of important note, Haines is also a town of artists. Haines has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Haines’s character.

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, Haines has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Haines a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.

Haines 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 of the benefits of Haines is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 8.62 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

The education level of Haines citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 32.91% of adults in Haines have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Haines in 2010 was $34,744, which is wealthy relative to Alaska and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $138,976 for a family of four. However, Haines contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Haines is a somewhat ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Haines home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Haines residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Important ancestries of people in Haines include Irish, English, Norwegian, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Haines is English. Other important languages spoken here include Native American languages and Spanish.

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