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
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.
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.
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Seldovia spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 11.11 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
Seldovia is a small city, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.