Ketchum is a very small city located in the state of Idaho. With a population of 2,728 people and just one neighborhood, Ketchum is the 50th largest community in Idaho.
Real Estate Prices
Ketchum home prices are not only among the most expensive in Idaho, but Ketchum real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Occupations and Workforce
Ketchum is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 89.08% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Ketchum is a city of sales and office workers, managers and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Ketchum who work in sales jobs (27.79%), management occupations (12.67%) and office and administrative support (8.06%).
Of important note, Ketchum is also a city of artists. Ketchum has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Ketchum’s character.
A relatively large number of people in Ketchum telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 15.28% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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 Ketchum is a major vacation destination. Much of the city’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, Ketchum’s population drops significantly, such that year-round residents will notice that the city is a much quieter place to live.
Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 9.67 minutes getting to work every day.
Being a small city, Ketchum does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.