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 6,191 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.
When you are in Kodiak, you'll notice that it is more blue-collar than most other communities in America. 40.40% of Kodiak’s employed work in blue-collar jobs, while America averages only 27.7% that do. Overall, Kodiak is a city of production and manufacturing workers, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Kodiak who work in office and administrative support (12.50%), food service (7.63%), and sales jobs (6.44%).
One of the nice things about Kodiak 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.
One of the benefits of Kodiak is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 12.40 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.
Kodiak is very much a car-oriented city. This is because the population of Kodiak isn't large enough or dense enough to support an extensive public transit system. It has a lot of rural roads, and the distance between houses can be quite large, which together tends to discourage walking and bicycling to work. 60.31% of residents commute to work in their own car (and the drive is typically to a job out of town). People also tend to drive out of town for other services as well, such as shopping, doctors appointments, and more.
Being a small city, Kodiak does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.
The population of Kodiak 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 Kodiak, 23.79% have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Kodiak in 2010 was $29,614, 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 $118,456 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 11.43% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Kodiak include German, English, Norwegian, and Scottish.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Kodiak's cultural character, accounting for 33.02% 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.