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 where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Talkeetna is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce 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%).
A relatively large number of people in Talkeetna telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 16.91% 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 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.
It is a fairly quiet town 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!) Talkeetna 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. Talkeetna has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Talkeetna than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Talkeetna may be for you.
Being a small town, Talkeetna does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.