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 5,522 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Homer is the 13th largest community in Alaska.
Unlike some cities, Homer isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Homer are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Homer is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Homer who work in management occupations (11.80%), office and administrative support (11.25%), and sales jobs (9.70%).
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 11.51% 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.
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 13.73 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
The population of Homer is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 36.90% of adults in Homer have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Homer in 2018 was $35,217, which is upper middle income relative to Alaska and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $140,868 for a family of four. However, Homer contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Homer is a very 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, English, Irish, European, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Homer is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Russian.