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 8,197 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 office and administrative support (16.26%), sales jobs (15.03%), and management occupations (7.89%).

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.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Ketchikan spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 11.31 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

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 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, 22.21% have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Ketchikan in 2010 was $28,041, 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 $112,164 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 Scottish.

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

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