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 9,748 people and 12 constituent neighborhoods, Wasilla is the sixth largest community in Alaska.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Wasilla is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce 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 (16.56%), sales jobs (9.26%), and healthcare (7.59%).

One of the nice things about Wasilla 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.

Even though Wasilla is a smaller city, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the bus for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

The citizens of Wasilla are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 15.28% of adults in Wasilla have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree

The per capita income in Wasilla in 2010 was $27,166, which is lower middle income relative to Alaska, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $108,664 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, French , and Norwegian.

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