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 7,745 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Kenai is the seventh largest community in Alaska.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Kenai is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Kenai is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Kenai who work in office and administrative support (12.29%), sales jobs (10.29%), and food service (9.64%).

One of the nice things about Kenai 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.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Kenai spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 16.19 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

Even though Kenai is a smaller city, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the bus for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

The population of Kenai overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Kenai, 22.71% have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Kenai in 2010 was $37,008, which is wealthy relative to Alaska and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $148,032 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 Irish, English, Polish, and Norwegian.

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


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