Ketchikan, AK
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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.

Ketchikan is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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%).

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.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 11.66 minutes getting to work every day.

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 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 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.



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