Kenai, AK
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Kenai 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 7,807 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Kenai is the seventh largest community in Alaska.

Kenai is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Kenai is a city of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Kenai who work in food service (10.58%), teaching (9.28%), and office and administrative support (9.04%).

It is a fairly quiet city 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!) Kenai 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. Kenai has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Kenai than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Kenai may be for you.

Kenai 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.

One of the benefits of Kenai is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 17.15 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.

In terms of college education, Kenai is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 19.40% of adults 25 and older in Kenai have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Kenai in 2018 was $35,525, which is upper middle income relative to Alaska and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $142,100 for a family of four. However, Kenai contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Kenai is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Kenai home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Kenai residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Important ancestries of people in Kenai include German, Irish, English, Polish, and Norwegian.

The most common language spoken in Kenai is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Native American languages.


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