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Sitka is in Sitka Borough.

It is the borough seat.

The community name derives from a Tlingit term for "by the sea."

The latitude of Sitka is 57.053N. The longitude is -135.33W.

It is in the Alaska Standard time zone. Elevation is 26 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 8,876.


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Median household income
Local
$51,901
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Sitka demographic reports
Sitka is on Baranof Island, at the base of Mt. Edgecumbe.
The Russian American Company established a post here in 1799. It was once the capital of the territory.

When Russia sold Alaska to the United States in 1867, the official transfer took place here.

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 17. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 1.9 per 1,000 people.
Well-known residents have included:
· Guy German, Guinness World Record holder for "Fastest Tree Climber," achieved in 1988 when he climbed up and down a 100-foot pole in 24.82 seconds
Local festivals include:
  • Summer Music Festival - June 1-22, 2007
  • Whalefest - Nov. 2-4, 2007
  • Alaska Day Festival - Oct. 11-18, 2007
Dates often change. Check Sitka web sites and events links in the sections below.
Historic sites and museums: Sitka National Historic Park, Isabel Miller Museum, Sheldon Jackson Museum, Baranof Castle State Historic Site, Southeast Alaska Indian Cultural Center, Russian Bishop's House
Colleges and universities: Sheldon Jackson College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Sitka demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Sitka Borough economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 99835 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

12% of Sitka residents report German ancestry, and 12% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Sitka ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Sitka was $23,622, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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30% of Sitka residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Median rent in Sitka, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $645.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,487.


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Libraries in Sitka include Kettleson Memorial Library ... View libraries

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TV stations in Sitka include KTNL.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KCAW.

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The average commute time for Sitka workers is 14 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

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Hotels in Sitka include Alaska Ocean View B&B, Frank & Glorias Place, Shee Atika Totem Square Inn, Westmark Sitka.

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