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Kenai, AK
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Kenai 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 7,424 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Kenai is the eighth largest community in Alaska.

Unlike some cities, Kenai isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Kenai are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Kenai is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Kenai who work in office and administrative support (10.80%), management occupations (9.73%), and healthcare suport services (7.74%).

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

Kenai 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 city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 17.10 minutes getting to work every day.

The education level of Kenai citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 19.27% of adults 25 and older in Kenai have a college degree.

The per capita income in Kenai in 2018 was $34,134, 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 $136,536 for a family of four. However, Kenai contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

The most common language spoken in Kenai is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.


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