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.

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 (16.26%), sales jobs (15.03%), and management occupations (7.89%).

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.

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.

In Ketchikan, a lot of people use the bus to get to work every day though Ketchikan is a relatively small city. Those that ride the bus are primarily traveling out of town 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 22.21% of adults in Ketchikan having a bachelor's degree or advanced 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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