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 8,289 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 office and administrative support (13.30%), sales jobs (13.03%), and food service (7.53%).
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 12.40 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
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 22.16% of adults in Ketchikan having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Ketchikan in 2010 was $31,426, 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 $125,704 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 European.
The most common language spoken in Ketchikan is English. Other important languages spoken here include Tagalog and Spanish.