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 272 people and just one neighborhood, Seldovia is the 59th largest community in Alaska.
Occupations and Workforce
Seldovia is a blue-collar town, with 36.44% of people working in blue-collar occupations, while the average in America is just 27.7%. 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.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 13.39% 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
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.
It is a fairly quiet city 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!) Seldovia 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. Seldovia has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Seldovia than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Seldovia may be for you.
Seldovia 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. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
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.