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.
Homer is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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%).
A relatively large number of people in Homer telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 10.35% 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.
One of the nice things about Homer 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.
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Homer spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 14.38 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
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.