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 8,208 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Ketchikan is the fifth largest community in Alaska.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Ketchikan is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Ketchikan is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Ketchikan who work in sales jobs (16.23%), office and administrative support (15.11%), and management occupations (7.46%).
One of the nice things about Ketchikan 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.
One of the benefits of Ketchikan is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 11.66 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.
Even though Ketchikan 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 Ketchikan 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 Ketchikan, 22.31% have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Ketchikan in 2010 was $29,502, which is middle income relative to Alaska, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $118,008 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 Irish, English, Norwegian, and European.
The most common language spoken in Ketchikan is English. Other important languages spoken here include Tagalog and Spanish.