Ketchikan, AK

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Living in Ketchikan

Ketchikan 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 8,192 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Ketchikan is the seventh largest community in Alaska.

Unlike some cities, Ketchikan isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Ketchikan are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Ketchikan is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Ketchikan who work in office and administrative support (15.49%), food service (9.31%), and sales jobs (8.48%).

Ketchikan 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 Ketchikan is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 12.01 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.

Despite being a small city, Ketchikan has a lot of people using the bus to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the bus are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.

The citizens of Ketchikan are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 22.31% of adults in Ketchikan having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Ketchikan in 2018 was $35,519, which is upper middle income relative to Alaska and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $142,076 for a family of four. However, Ketchikan contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

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

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