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 (12.51%), office and administrative support (12.48%), and food service (7.29%).

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.

One of the benefits of Kenai is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 15.46 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.

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, 23.21% have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Kenai in 2010 was $32,471, which is upper middle income relative to Alaska, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $129,884 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, 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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