Willow is a very small town located in the state of Alaska. With a population of 2,305 people and just one neighborhood, Willow is the 27th largest community in Alaska.
Occupations and Workforce
Willow is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Willow is a town of sales and office workers, construction workers and builders and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Willow who work in sales jobs (13.09%), office and administrative support (12.26%) and personal care services (7.78%).
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 17.19% 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 Willow is an extremely popular vacation destination. A significant portion of the population is seasonal. During the vacation season, the town experiences a large influx of people who take up residence in second homes they own in the area. As the vacation season ends, the population drops again, leaving behind a substantially quieter and smaller town.
The town is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Willow has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Willow a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.
One downside of living in Willow, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 32.11 minutes every day commuting to work.
Being a small town, Willow does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.