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.

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

One of the nice things about Haines is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

Residents of the town have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 8.62 minutes getting to work every day.

The overall 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, and the average American community has 21.84%.

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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