Sitka, Alaska

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Sitka, Alaska

Introduction Sitka, Alaska

Sitka, Alaska, in Sitka county, is 630 miles SE of Anchorage, Alaska. The town is home to some 8,835 residents.

Sitka History

Sitka was originally inhabited by the Tlingit Indians. The town derived its name from an Indian term meaning 'people on the outside of shee.' In fact, it was derived from the Tlingit words 'Shee Atika.' It became the capital of Russian America in 1808. It was the first capital of Alaska and remained so until 1912. The official transfer of Alaska to the United States took place at Sitka on October 18, 1867. The city's fortunes declined until World War II. Sitka was incorporated on December 2, 1971.

Sitka and nearby Attractions

  • Isabel Miller Museum
  • Sheldon Jackson Museum
  • Sitka National Historic Park
  • Baranof Castle State Historic Site

Things To Do In Sitka

The city of Sitka has a few museums worth visiting including the Sitka Historical Museum, which supplies information through it informative displays of the Tlingits, Finns, early Americans, and Russian settlers. The Kettleson Memorial Library is also worth visiting. At Sitka Wildlife Quest one has an opportunity to watch sea otters, puffins, bald eagles, and humpback whales in their natural habitat.

Sitka Transportation

The Sitka Rocky Gutierrez Airport provides facilities for air travel.

Sitka Higher Education

The University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of Alaska Anchorage, Peninsula College, Whatcom Community College, and Skagit Valley College offer higher education facilities.

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High Points

Sitka strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Alaska):

Category Trophy
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Sitka Walking and Biking to Work
Short Commute Times
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Sitka Short Commute Times
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 3% trophy Sitka College Educated Adults
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. State)
Top 10% Sitka People in Middle Class or Better
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 18% Sitka Median Family Income
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 18% Sitka Well-Paid Single Women

Comparative Profile of Sitka, Alaska

Comparing Sitka to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Alaska (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Male Share of the Population 10 3
Well-Paid Single Men 8 7
Well-Paid Single Women 7 9
Racial Diversity 5 9
Children Under 5 Years Old 5 3
Age of the Population 4 8
Senior Citizens 2 9
Female Share of the Population 1 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 7 3
Portion of People Married 6 9


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Median Family Income 8 9
College Educated Adults 8 10
People in Middle Class or Better 7 10
People Above Poverty 6 9

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 10 10
Short Commute Times 10 4
Working at Home 9 7
Public Transportation Use 5 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 7
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 8 7
Housing Recently Built 8 2
Affordability of Property Taxes 6 5
People Living Alone 4 6
Affordability of Rents 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 5 7
Low Property Crime 4 5

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Sitka Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 630 miles SE of Anchorage, Alaska
County Sitka
Standard Zip Codes 99835
P.O. Box Zip Codes 99836
Phone Area Codes 907
Time Zone Alaska (-9 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 57.05
Longitude -133.95

Sitka Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 41.5 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 35 F
Apr Temp 34 to 50 F
Jul Temp 48 to 64 F
Oct Temp 38 to 48 F
Annual Precip 109.9 inches
Distance 52 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 38 F
Apr Temp 34 to 50 F
Jul Temp 49 to 62 F
Oct Temp 38 to 51 F
Annual Precip 96 inches
Distance 53.2 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 37 F
Apr Temp 35 to 47 F
Jul Temp 49 to 62 F
Oct Temp 40 to 50 F
Annual Precip 225.5 inches
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Sitka Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 8,835 100%
Male 4,505 51%
Female 4,330 49%
Under 18 2,399 27.2%
18+ 6,436 72.8%
65+ 744 8.4%
Median Age 35.2
Average Family Size 3.15
White 6,052 68.5%
African-American 28 0.3%
Asian 335 3.8%
American Indian & Alaskan 1,641 18.6%
Other 83 0.9%
Mixed Race 665 7.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 290 3.3%

Estimated Sitka Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 8,986
Growth 151
Growth % 1.7%

Sitka Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 33.8%
German 11%
Irish 10.4%
English 6.7%
Norwegian 5.7%
Italian 4%
US/American 3%
Polish 2.9%
French (except Basque) 2.8%
Swedish 2.6%
Scottish 2.4%
Scotch-Irish 1.9%
European 1.4%
French Canadian 1.4%
Welsh 1.1%
Finnish 1.1%
Dutch 0.8%
Yugoslavian 0.8%
Russian 0.6%
Scandinavian 0.6%
Portuguese 0.6%
Ukrainian 0.6%
Canadian 0.5%
Czech 0.4%
Danish 0.4%
Greek 0.3%
Northern European 0.3%
British 0.3%
Lithuanian 0.2%
Hungarian 0.2%
Swiss 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
Lebanese 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Sitka 8,835 $62,361
Kake 710 $42,857

Sitka Public Libraries

Kettleson Memorial Library
Sitka, Alaska
(907) 747-8708

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Sitka Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(907) 966-2411
Emergency Service: No

(Government - Local)
(907) 747-3241
Emergency Service: Yes

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Sitka High Schools (2004)

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Student/teacher ratio: 14.9

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Student/teacher ratio: 28

Serves 43 students.

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Serves 42 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14

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3. Petersburg, Alaska 86.1   25.7% 8.8% 17.7% 11 $54,934 6.6% 18.4% 3,224 5% 31.3 1.8% 0.9
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