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.

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 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%).

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 16.44 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

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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