Seldovia is a tiny coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Alaska. With a population of 277 people and just one neighborhood, Seldovia is the 59th largest community in Alaska.
Occupations and Workforce
When you are in Seldovia, you'll notice that it is more blue-collar than most other communities in America. 36.44% of Seldovia’s employed work in blue-collar jobs, while America averages only 27.7% that do. Overall, Seldovia is a city of professionals, managers and construction workers and builders. There are especially a lot of people living in Seldovia who work in management occupations (16.10%), office and administrative support (11.02%) and teaching (11.02%).
Also of interest is that Seldovia has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
A relatively large number of people in Seldovia telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 13.39% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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
Another notable thing is that Seldovia is a major vacation destination. Much of the city’s population is seasonal: many people own second homes and only live there part-time, during the vacation season. The effect on the local economy is that many of the businesses are dependent on tourist dollars, and may operate only during the high season. As the vacation season ends, Seldovia’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.
Residents will find that the city 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, Seldovia is worth considering.
One of the nice things about Seldovia 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 Seldovia is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 11.11 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 city, Seldovia doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.