Kodiak, AK
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Kodiak 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 6,253 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Kodiak is the eighth largest community in Alaska.

Kodiak real estate is some of the most expensive in Alaska, although Kodiak house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Kodiak is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 40.50% of the Kodiak workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Kodiak is a city of sales and office workers, production and manufacturing workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Kodiak who work in office and administrative support (13.64%), sales jobs (9.09%), and management occupations (8.02%).

Kodiak 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 Kodiak spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 12.44 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

As is often the case in a small city, Kodiak doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.

The percentage of adults in Kodiak who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 20.07% of the adults in Kodiak have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Kodiak in 2010 was $28,592, 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 $114,368 for a family of four. However, Kodiak contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Kodiak is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Kodiak home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Kodiak residents report their race to be Asian, followed by White. Kodiak also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 10.43% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Kodiak include German, English, Italian, and Swedish.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Kodiak's cultural character, accounting for 26.37% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in Kodiak is English. Other important languages spoken here include Tagalog and Pacific Island languages.

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