Valdez is a very small coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Alaska. With a population of 3,921 people and just one neighborhood, Valdez is the 16th largest community in Alaska.
Occupations and Workforce
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Valdez is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Valdez is a city of service providers, sales and office workers and construction workers and builders. There are especially a lot of people living in Valdez who work in office and administrative support (20.50%), food service (11.81%) and management occupations (8.59%).
Setting & Lifestyle
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!) Valdez 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. Valdez has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Valdez than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Valdez may be for you.
One of the nice things about Valdez is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Valdez spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 11.56 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.