These Are The 10 Hardest Working Places In Alaska

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by Chris Kolmar
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America has been known as the land of opportunity for as long as I can remember. It’s the one place in the world where if you bare down and put your nose to the grindstone, you can make a better life for your family and yourself.

And while everyone in Alaska works hard, there’s a certain part of the Last Frontier that takes the Puritan work ethic to the extreme — the hardest working places in Alaska .

Who’s the leader of this work around the clock ethos? That would be Steele Creek which takes top honors for the hardest working place in Alaska. People work so hard there they manage to make getting to work a job.

So what other places burn the midnight oil to bring home a large piece of bacon? You’re going to have to get to the office early and stay late on Fridays to beat out these places in Alaska for a promotion:

  1. Steele Creek
  2. Gateway
  3. Chena Ridge
  4. Fishhook
  5. Anchorage
  6. Kodiak
  7. College
  8. Juneau
  9. Bethel
  10. Sitka

So listen up Meadow Lakes as we explain how we created this ranking; you could learn some things from the rest of the state.

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How We Determined The Hardest Working Places In The Last Frontier

Like all problems here at Zippia, we start with the data to answer the hard questions. Some might even consider us the hardest working data-crunchers this side of the Mississippi.

In this particular case, we went to the latest version of the American Community Survey to look for answers. As luck would have it, the Census Bureau just released the 2009-2014 5-Yr Estimate which would make this analysis the first of its kind with the new data.

After scrolling through what seemed like hundreds of criteria, we settled on this set for each State:

  • Average hours worked
  • Average commute time
  • Workers per household (Employed labor force divided by the number households)
  • Labor force participation rate
  • Adults with a college degree

Our thinking went something along these lines: if you spent the many years getting a degree, are actively seeking employment, work a ton of hours when employed, and spend forever getting to work, you get the Zippia hardworking stamp of approval.

After we got the data for all 23 places in Alaska, we ranked each place from 1 to 23 for each of the criteria with 1 being the “hardest working”.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each to create a hardworking index.

Finally, we crowned the place with the lowest hard working index the “Hardest Working Place In Alaska”. And, at the end of the day, Steele Creek had its hard work pay off.

Read the detailed chart below to learn a bit more about why each place ranked where it did.

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1. Steele Creek


Population: 6,180 College Graduates: 39.9%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 41.7
Workers Per Household: 1.6

2. Gateway


Population: 5,367 College Graduates: 29.9%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 41.3
Workers Per Household: 1.6

3. Chena Ridge


Population: 5,671 College Graduates: 49.3%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.3
Workers Per Household: 1.7

4. Fishhook


Population: 5,015 College Graduates: 26.7%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.8
Workers Per Household: 1.6

5. Anchorage

Anchorage, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 298,178College Graduates: 32.9%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.9
Workers Per Household: 1.6

6. Kodiak

Kodiak, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,280College Graduates: 20.1%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 42.1
Workers Per Household: 2.0

7. College


Population: 14,568 College Graduates: 39.3%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.1
Workers Per Household: 1.8

8. Juneau

Juneau, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,200College Graduates: 37.8%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.0
Workers Per Household: 1.5

9. Bethel

Bethel, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,295College Graduates: 22.4%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 42.8
Workers Per Household: 1.7

10. Sitka

Sitka, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,957College Graduates: 32.9%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 41.7
Workers Per Household: 1.4

Detailed List Of Hardest Places In Alaska

CityRankPopulationCollege GraduatesAverage Hours Worked Per WeekWorkers Per Household

Steele Creek 1 6,180 39.9% 41.7 1.6
Gateway 2 5,367 29.9% 41.3 1.6
Chena Ridge 3 5,671 49.3% 39.3 1.7
Fishhook 4 5,015 26.7% 40.8 1.6
Anchorage 5 298,178 32.9% 40.9 1.6
Kodiak 6 6,280 20.1% 42.1 2.0
College 7 14,568 39.3% 38.1 1.8
Juneau 8 32,200 37.8% 40.0 1.5
Bethel 9 6,295 22.4% 42.8 1.7
Sitka 10 8,957 32.9% 41.7 1.4
Tanaina 11 9,391 20.1% 42.7 1.6
Badger 12 21,175 22.9% 41.8 1.6
Kalifornsky 13 7,806 24.0% 45.3 1.3
Knik-Fairview 14 15,797 18.6% 44.3 1.5
Lakes 15 9,345 20.9% 42.5 1.6
Homer 16 5,229 31.5% 41.6 1.3
Sterling 17 5,748 17.3% 43.8 1.4
Palmer 18 6,250 22.0% 41.3 1.4
Kenai 19 7,348 23.2% 43.1 1.3
Fairbanks 20 32,100 21.5% 42.4 1.5
Ketchikan 21 8,173 23.6% 42.0 1.3
Wasilla 22 8,406 18.9% 41.3 1.3
Meadow Lakes 23 7,139 12.2% 42.6 1.3

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