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%).
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 a major vacation destination. Much of the town’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, Talkeetna’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 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.
As is often the case in a small town, Talkeetna doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.