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 7,661 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Kenai is the seventh largest community in Alaska.

Kenai is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Kenai is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Kenai who work in sales jobs (13.84%), office and administrative support (12.60%), and food service (8.45%).

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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

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 16.44 minutes getting to work every day.

The citizens of Kenai are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 22.18% of adults in Kenai having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Kenai in 2010 was $34,627, which is wealthy relative to Alaska and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $138,508 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 English, Irish, Norwegian, and Polish.

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

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