Alpha is a tiny village located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 138 people and just one neighborhood, Alpha is the 620th largest community in Michigan. Much of the housing stock in Alpha was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic villages in the country.
Occupations and Workforce
Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Alpha is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 44.83% of the Alpha workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Alpha is a village of service providers, construction workers and builders and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Alpha who work in healthcare suport services (20.69%), maintenance occupations (10.34%) and legal occupations (10.34%).
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 10.34% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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 Alpha is an extremely popular destination for tourists and seasonal residents. So much of the population is seasonal such that the village’s population swells significantly during the vacation season, and drops again when the season ends. Because of this, much of the local economy is centered around tourism; some businesses may be operated only during the high season. During the low season, year-round residents will notice that the city is a substantially quieter place to live.
Overall, Alpha’s crime rate is one of the lowest in the nation, which makes a great place to live if safety is an important concern.
It is a fairly quiet village 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!) Alpha 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. Alpha has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Alpha than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Alpha may be for you.
One of the benefits of Alpha is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 15.58 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.
Alpha is a very car-oriented village. 100.00% of residents commute to work in a private automobile rather than by other means, such as public transit, bicycling, or walking. This is because Alpha is a small village , and most people who live here have to drive out of town for work, and the town population is not large nor dense enough to support an extensive public transportation system. Alpha has a lot of rural roads, and houses can be far apart. Many residents drive out of town for regular shopping trips as well.
Being a small village, Alpha does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.