Homer is a somewhat small coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Alaska. With a population of 5,515 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Homer is the 12th largest community in Alaska.
Homer real estate is some of the most expensive in Alaska, although Homer house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Homer is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Homer is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Homer who work in office and administrative support (11.97%), management occupations (10.79%), and sales jobs (9.74%).
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.67% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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.
One of the nice things about Homer 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.
One of the benefits of Homer is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 14.62 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.
In terms of college education, Homer is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 32.76% of adults in Homer have a college degree.
The per capita income in Homer in 2010 was $30,664, which is upper middle income relative to Alaska and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $122,656 for a family of four. However, Homer contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Homer is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Homer home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Homer residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Important ancestries of people in Homer include Irish, English, Norwegian, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Homer is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Native American languages.