Homer 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 5,922 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Homer is the 12th largest community in Alaska.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Homer is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Homer is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Homer who work in office and administrative support (10.41%), management occupations (10.34%), and sales jobs (10.19%).
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 10.35% 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.
Homer 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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
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 14.38 minutes getting to work every day.
The citizens of Homer are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 35.99% of adults in Homer have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Homer in 2018 was $34,709, which is upper middle income relative to Alaska and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $138,836 for a family of four. However, Homer contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Homer is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Homer home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Homer residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Important ancestries of people in Homer include German, Irish, English, Scottish, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Homer is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Russian.