Talkeetna is a tiny town located in the state of Alaska. With a population of 960 people and just one neighborhood, Talkeetna is the 40th largest community in Alaska.
Occupations and Workforce
Unlike some towns, Talkeetna isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Talkeetna are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Talkeetna is a town of service providers, sales and office workers and transportation and shipping workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Talkeetna who work in food service (17.57%), management occupations (12.50%) and office and administrative support (11.15%).
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 16.91% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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 Talkeetna 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.
The town is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Talkeetna has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Talkeetna a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.
As is often the case in a small town, Talkeetna doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.