Skagway’s year round population is 1,031 (2014 Alaska Population Estimates) although, the summer population swells to around 2,500 with seasonal business owners and their employees. The median age in Skagway is 41 years old and accurately describes the youth and vibrancy of the community.
The community is evenly divided between males and females and provides for a strong family based environment. There is a large number of children under 19 (17% of the population) and they live in a community which looks after its children. The Skagway School reports a 0% drop-out rate and is often rated as one of the highest ranked school districts in the state of Alaska.
The population is predominately white (91%) with a Native American/Native Alaskan population of 5%. Skagway is a well educated community with 95% having graduated high school or higher. The population is relatively affluent with 4.8% being reported as below the poverty level.
It is difficult to determine the exact number of people working in Skagway, either in the summer or in the winter. Estimates include 668 year round residents plus anything up to an additional 1500 -2000 in the busy summer season.
The community has a large pool of willing and very able personnel with a broad range of work skills and experience. Employment numbers are constantly increasing year after year. It is a tribute not only to Skagway’s strong summer economy but to its ever burgeoning winter economy. This also looks as if it will increase in the near future with the possibility of the Gateway Project, a new ore terminal being built to accommodate the expanding base metal mining occurring in the Yukon. Once this goes into operation Skagway will be once again developing a solid foundation for a thriving winter economy.
The US Census Bureau 2008-2012 American Community Survey indicates the industries in which the year round residents work (see below) but does not include percentages for the summer season.
|Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and mining||0.4|
|Transportation and warehousing, and utilities||19.5|
|Finance, insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing||0.9|
|Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and wast management services||4.3|
|Educational, health and social services||6.3|
|Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food services||17.2|
|Other services (except public administration)||2.8|
A good place to start researching about work in Alaska is to visit the Department of Labor web page called “Finding Work in Alaska”.
It is a useful guide to begin your search for work in Alaska.