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Overview

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.

People

Total Population 8,943
Male Share of the Population 51.3%
Female Share of the Population 48.7%
Senior Citizens 12.5%
Employed Population 16+ 4,708
Age of the Population 39

Families

% of people married 51.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 31.2%
Median Earnings25+ $40,720
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $36,048
Median Earnings With High School Degree $33,024

Wealth

Median Family Income $86,996
% Above Poverty Level 91%
% Below Poverty Level 9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 12 minutes
% Working from Home 5.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 20.3%
% Using Public Transportation 1.8%

Housing

People Living Alone 32.2%
Median Gross Rent $1,057
Median House Value $338,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 38%
US/American 0.1%
English 11.1%
Irish 11.3%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station PETERSBURG 1
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
Station SITKA MAGNETIC OBSY
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
Station LITTLE PORT WALTER
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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Kake 628 $47,917

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Sitka Public Libraries

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

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Sitka Hospitals

MT EDGECUMBE HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
222 TONGASS DR
(907) 966-2411
Emergency Service: No

SITKA COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
(Government - Local)
209 MOLLER DRIVE
(907) 747-3241
Emergency Service: Yes

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Sitka High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

SITKA HIGH SCHOOL
1000 LAKE STREET
907-747-3263
Serves 426 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.9

MT. EDGECUMBE HIGH SCHOOL
1330 SEWARD AVENUE
907-966-3200
A Title I School.
Serves 336 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 28

SITKA CORRESPONDENCE
305 BARANOF STREET
907-747-7514
Serves 43 students.

PACIFIC HIGH SCHOOL
509 LINCOLN
907-747-7732
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 42 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14

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