Big Lake 56 Below average
Big Lake Livability #96 ranked city in Alaska#22,643 ranked city in the USARanks better than 22% of areas

Pros and Cons of Living in Big Lake

  • Housing

    This area has received high scores in the housing category. This could be due to a positive home affordability ratio, high appreciation rates or elevated home values.

  • Amenities

    A majority of amenities are not ideally situated within a reasonable walking distance, which may lead residents to rely on a vehicle or public transportation.

  • Cost Of Living

    Based on the most recent cost of living data, this area is more expensive to live in. You can expect to pay more for everyday goods and services, housing, groceries and utilities.

  • Schools

    Lower than average education levels, poor reading and math scores, as well as the inaccessibility of local elementary and high schools could all be factors in the low schools score.

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What's it like Living in Big Lake?

Big Lake is a small-sized city located in the state of Alaska. The city has a population of 2,769 inhabitants. Big Lake has a population density of 24 people per square mile. This would be considered about average when compared to the national population density level. At 83%, the majority of the Big Lake population is White; this is followed by 10% American Indian and Alaskan and 1% Asian. When traveling to work, spending unnecessary time in your vehicle is not ideal and downright frustrating. Across all of America, the average one way commute time is 26 minutes, unfortunately, living in Big Lake offers up a higher than average one way commute time of 45 minutes.

Are you trying to figure out if living in Big Lake is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a fulfilling experience before moving to any new city in Alaska, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. Several key factors deserve attention. For one, safety is paramount, ensuring that your new area is low in crime is key. Proximity to workplaces or schools minimizes commute times and fosters convenience. Access to essential amenities like parks, grocery stores, food, fitness, shops and healthcare facilities enhances daily life. Efficient public transportation options provide mobility and connectivity. The sense of community creates a welcoming and supportive environment. Lastly, the overall atmosphere, encompassing the vibe, aesthetics, and lifestyle offerings, contributes to a fulfilling living experience. Considering these elements helps identify the ideal neighborhood for your needs and preferences. With useful information like amenities, crime, health & safety, employment and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Big Lake and in the areas around Big Lake is a much easier task.

Big Lake, AK receives 54 out of 100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #105 in Alaska and #22,823 in the USA. This is a lower than the United States average livability score as Big Lake does not rank well for most categories. If we check out each of the categories on their own, we see that Big Lake ranks well for housing (B+). The bad news for Big Lake, there are some categories for which it does not rank well, this includes: amenities (F), cost of living (D), education (F) and employment (D).

Real estate represents the most substantial investment for homebuyers, constituting their most valuable asset. Renters, on the other hand, typically see their monthly rent as their most significant expense. The Big Lake market earns a high score in the housing category, surpassing the national average in factors like home and rental affordability and appreciation rates. This robust real estate market not only benefits individual homeowners and renters but also spurs vigorous local economic activity and job growth, solidifying its significance in driving the region's prosperity and financial well-being.

Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife, parks and proximity to public transportation are all important things to look for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Big Lake is real estate affordability. The median home price for Big Lake homes is $229,200, which is 10.9% lower than the Alaska average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Big Lake, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 4.3, which is 22.9% higher than the Alaska average.

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      Big Lake transportation information

      Statistic Big Lake Alaska National
      Average one way commute45min19min26min
      Workers who drive to work68.2%68.1%76.4%
      Workers who carpool5.5%12.5%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit0.0%1.5%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.0%1.0%0.6%
      Workers who walk0.5%7.9%2.8%
      Working from home17.9%4.6%4.6%
      Source: The Big Lake, AK data and statistics displayed above are derived from the United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).