Ketchikan, AK
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Ketchikan 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 8,284 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Ketchikan is the fifth largest community in Alaska.

Unlike some cities, Ketchikan isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Ketchikan are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Ketchikan is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Ketchikan who work in office and administrative support (13.82%), sales jobs (10.86%), and food service (8.56%).

Ketchikan 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 12.20 minutes getting to work every day.

Despite being a small city, Ketchikan has a lot of people using the bus to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the bus are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.

The education level of Ketchikan citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 22.98% of adults in Ketchikan have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Ketchikan in 2018 was $34,590, which is upper middle income relative to Alaska and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $138,360 for a family of four. However, Ketchikan contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

The most common language spoken in Ketchikan is English. Other important languages spoken here include Tagalog and Spanish.


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