Naknek is a tiny coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Alaska. With a population of 522 people and just one neighborhood, Naknek is the 48th largest community in Alaska.
Occupations and Workforce
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Naknek is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Naknek is a town of sales and office workers, professionals and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Naknek who work in management occupations (15.88%), office and administrative support (13.18%) and teaching (11.82%).
Setting & Lifestyle
Another notable thing is that Naknek is an extremely popular destination for tourists and seasonal residents. So much of the population is seasonal such that the town’s population swells significantly during the vacation season, and drops again when the season ends. Because of this, much of the local economy is centered around tourism; some businesses may be operated only during the high season. During the low season, year-round residents will notice that the city is a substantially quieter place to live.
It is a fairly quiet town because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Naknek has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Naknek has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Naknek than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Naknek may be for you.
Naknek 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.
One of the benefits of Naknek is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 13.69 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.
As is often the case in a small town, Naknek doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.