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.
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Haines is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Haines is a town of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Haines who work in office and administrative support (14.06%), sales jobs (12.13%), and management occupations (9.93%).
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.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 8.64% 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.
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, Haines is worth considering.
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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various 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 9.35 minutes getting to work every day.
The overall education level of Haines is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 28.99% of adults 25 and older in the town have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Haines in 2010 was $33,106, which is wealthy relative to Alaska and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $132,424 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 English, Irish, Swedish, and Norwegian.
The most common language spoken in Haines is English. Other important languages spoken here include Native American languages and Spanish.