Saint Paul Island is a tiny coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Alaska. With a population of 1,234 people and just one neighborhood, Saint Paul Island is the 44th largest community in Alaska.
Occupations and Workforce
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Saint Paul Island is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Saint Paul Island is a town of sales and office workers, service providers and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Saint Paul Island who work in office and administrative support (21.59%), maintenance occupations (9.20%) and law enforcement and fire fighting (8.67%).
There are quite a few people in the armed forces living in Saint Paul Island, and when you visit or drive around town, you will see military people in and out of uniform, shopping, enjoying life, and being part of the community.
Also of interest is that Saint Paul Island has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 17.21% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Setting & Lifestyle
Residents will find that the town is relatively quiet. This is because it is not over-populated, and it has fewer college students, renters, and young children - all of whom can be noisy at times. So, if you're looking for a relatively peaceful place to live, Saint Paul Island is worth considering.
One of the nice things about Saint Paul Island 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 Saint Paul Island is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 7.94 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, Saint Paul Island doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.