Wasilla, AK
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Wasilla is a somewhat small coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Alaska. With a population of 9,284 people and 12 constituent neighborhoods, Wasilla is the sixth largest community in Alaska.

Unlike some cities, Wasilla isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Wasilla are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Wasilla is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Wasilla who work in office and administrative support (18.01%), sales jobs (10.72%), and healthcare (7.26%).

There are many members of the armed forces living in Wasilla. You will notice when you visit or live here that some of the people you meet or see around town are employed by the armed services - even if they are not always in uniform.

Wasilla 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.

The percentage of adults in Wasilla who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 18.91% of the adults in Wasilla have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Wasilla in 2010 was $28,704, which is middle income relative to Alaska, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $114,816 for a family of four. However, Wasilla contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Wasilla is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Wasilla home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Wasilla residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Important ancestries of people in Wasilla include Irish, English, Swedish, and Norwegian.

The most common language spoken in Wasilla is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Russian.