Relocation Guide

Compiled with the newcomer's needs in mind, this comprehensive package is a must have for those moving into the Sitka area. Featuring your business in our Relocation Guide is a great way to reach potential new clients. We receive hundreds of calls a year from people wanting information on relocating to Sitka!

You may download this Complete Relocation Packet (748 kb PDF file) or view the contents in the panels below. If you would like the Relocation Guide mailed to you, please call our office at 907-747-8604 or email us at ed@sitkachamber.com.

Please refer to our Local Links page for links to community resources like the City, the Visitors Bureau, Schools, Transportation, the Job Center, Realtors, the Daily Sentinel, etc. You may also download this convenient Sitka Community Resource Guide put out by the Sitka Legislative Information Office.

If you're looking for employment in Sitka, go to the Alaska Job Center Network.

If you're planning a trip to Sitka, and are looking for visitor information, we encourage you to visit the Sitka Convention and Visitor's Bureau and Sitka Through Four Seasons

If you have any further questions or concerns please feel free to contact us here at the Sitka Chamber of Commerce.

Population in 2015: 9,328. Population change since 2000: +2.1%
Males: 4,624    Females: 4,396         Median age: 40
Marital status: Married: 42%              Married with kids: 31%
                         Single: 9%                   Single parents: 18%
Estimated median household income in 2015: $83,044 (it was $51,901 in 2000)
Estimated per capita income in 2015: $32,345 (it was $23,622 in 2000)
Median gross rent in 2015: $1,158
Zip code: 99835                                  Area code: 907

Weather
Sitka has a mild, humid, temperate climate with warm summers and no dry season. The area within 25 miles Sitka is covered by oceans and seas 40%), tundra (29%), forests (16%), grasslands (9%), and shrub lands (6%).

Over the course of a year, the temperature typically varies from 31°F to 62°F and is rarely below 21°F or above 68°F. Average rainfall is 88 inches. Average snowfall is 33 inches; with rain likely in 81% of days in October and 62% of days in June.

Sunlight The shortest day in Sitka is December 21 with 6:42 hours of daylight.

The longest day is June 20 with 17:55 hours of daylight.

Sitka is on a large, isolated island and is only accessible by plane or boat. We have to fly or ferry to reach even our closest neighbors in Southeast Alaska. Getting your household goods here will also require air, ferry or barge shipment.

Air

Airport Facilities

Rocky Gutierrez Airport

Major Air Carriers

Alaska Airlines - www.alaskaair.com
Delta Airlines (summer only) - www.delta.com

Local Air Carriers

Harris Air - www.harrisair.com
Alaska Seaplanes - www.flyalaskaseaplanes.com
Air Sitka at Fly In Fish Inn - www.flyinfishinn.com

Water

Harbors: Sitka has the largest small boat harbor in Alaska, including: Eliason, Thomsen, ANB, Crescent, and Sealing Cove Harbors. Harbor Master: 747-3439
Permanent slips: 1,315. Permanent moorage rate: $2.99/foot/month. Seasonal moorage available.

Marine Passenger and Auto Ferry Service:  Alaska Marine Highway System, www.ferryalaska.com. The ferry dock is 6 miles from downtown

 

Shipping

Parcel Service

US Postal Service, www.usps.com 800-275-8777
UPS, www.ups.com 800-742-5877
Federal Express, www.fedex.com 800-463-3339

Air Freight Service

Alaska Air Cargo, www.alaskaair.com 800-225-2752
Alaska Central Express, www.aceaircargo.com 888-722-0232

Marine Freight Service

Alaska Marine Lines/Lynden, www.lynden.com 800-326-8346
Samson Tug and Barge, www.samsontug.com 800-331-3522

All our local realtors sell residential and commercial property and manage rentals.
Baranof Realty                      747-5636         www.baranofrealty.com
Davis Realty                          747-1032         www.davisrealtysitka.com
Sitka Realty                           747-8922         www.sitkarealty.com


2015 Properties for Sale (From Multiple Listing Service)
Single Family/            
Single Family             Average price............................... $413,834
with Apt. (6)              Median price................................. $380,000
Condo/Townhome   Average price............................... $184,250
(7)                               Median price................................ $184,250
Mobile w/lot              Average price............................... $165,000
(1)                               Median price................................ $165,000
Homes sold in 2014    ................................................................ 47

            2015 Fair Market Rent for Sitka, HUD Data
Efficiency………………………………………………$807
1-bedroom……………………………………………$856
2-bedroom…………………………………………$1,058
3-bedroom…………………………………………$1,613
4-bedroom…………………………………………$1,672

            2015 Property Pricing data for Sitka
Typical residential lot size...................................... 9,000 square feet
Residential lot price..................................................$9 - $19/sq. ft.
Commercial lot price................................................$10 - $32/sq. ft.
Industrial lot price................................................... $3.50 - $7/sq/ ft.

 

ACCRA Cost of Living Index – 126% average in Sitka. US average – 100%    
Cheap for Paradise!

Schools & Training

Sitka School District
Phone: 747-8622
www.sitkaschools.org

Baranof Elementary School (K-1)
Phone: 747-5825

Keet Goshi Heen Elementary School (2-5)
Phone: 747-8395

Blatchley Middle School (6-8)
Phone: 747-8672

Sitka High School (9-12)
Phone: 747-3263
www.sitkaschools.org/domain/11

Pacific High School (Alternative)
www.sitkaschools.org/pacific
Phone: 747-7732

Home School Support/Correspondence
www.sitkaschools.org/reach
Phone: 747-7514

Sitka Native Education Program (Tutoring & Cultural Programs)
www.snep99835.tripod.com
Phone: 747-8561

Community Schools
(Recreational & Other Programs)
www.sitkaschools.org/domain/14
Phone 747-8670

Mt. Edgecumbe High School
(State boarding school)
www.mehs.us
Phone: 966-2201
Sitka Seventh-Day Adventist School
www.sitka22.adventistchurchconnect.org
Phone: 966-2661

 

 

Post Secondary Education

University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka Campus
Phone: 747-6653
www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka
One of three branches of UAS, Sitka offers several associate degrees, certificates, bachelor’s degrees and creative programs.

UAS Continuing Education
Phone: 747-7701
Personal & professional development courses.

Adult Basic Education (at UAS)
(Tutoring and GED prep)
Phone: 747-7717

Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA)
Safety training for commercial fishermen and recreational boaters
www.amsea.org

Phone: 747-3287

Assembly of God
Phone 747-5848

Calvary Chapel
Phone: 747-5454

Church of Christ
747-5859

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Phone: 747-8991

Church of the Nazarene
Phone:  747-8115

Eagle Quest Ministries
Phone: 747-4903

First Baptist Church
Phone: 747-8684

First Presbyterian Church
Phone: 747-3356

Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church
Phone: 747-6938

Jehovah’s Witnesses
Phone: 747-3373

New Testament Light House
Phone: 747-4903
Quaker Worship      
Phone: 747-5039

Salvation Army
Phone: 747-3358

St. Gregory’s Catholic Church
Phone: 747-8371

St. Michael’s of the Archangel of God Orthodox Cathedral
Phone: 747-8120

St. Peter’s by the Sea—Episcopal Church
Phone: 747-3977

Seventh Day Adventist
Phone: 747-8855

Sitka Christian Center
Phone: 747-6771

Sitka Jewish Community
Phone:  747-3243

Trinity Baptist Church
Phone:  747-5706

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall
Phone:  747-3363

United Methodist Church
Phone: 747-8775

United Pentecostal Church
Phone: 747-8940

Hospitals & Clinics

Accupuncture & Oriental Medicine                            Phone: 747-6915
Mountainside Family Healthcare                               Phone: 747-1722
Neurobehavioral Consultants                                   Phone: 747-3743
Oceanside Therapy Center                                                  Phone: 747-1490
Sitka Community Hospital                                         Phone: 747-3241
Sitka Community Hospital Home Health Agency        Phone: 747-1750
Sitka Medical Center                                                             Phone: 747-5861
Sitka Physical Therapy                                                          Phone: 747-4559
Sitka Public Health                                                    Phone: 747-3255
Sitka Pioneers’ Home                                                            Phone: 747-3213
Sitka Counseling & Prevention Services                     Phone: 747-3636
South East Alaska Regional Health Consortium
(SEARHC) Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital                             Phone: 966-2411
SEARHC Community Health Services Division              Phone: 966-8710
Southeast Regional Emergency Medical Services         Phone: 747-8005
U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Health Services Division  Phone: 966-5430

Pharmacies 

Whites Pharmacy                                Phone: 747-5755
Harry Race Pharmacy & Photo           Phone: 747-8006


Chiropractors

Arctic Chiropractic                             Phone: 747-2726
Baranof Chiropractic                          Phone: 747-8502


Dentists

Ross Marley DMD LLC                     Phone: 747-6050
SEARHC Dental Clinic                     Phone: 966-2411
Sitka Dental Clinic                           Phone: 747-3203


Optometrists

Sitka Vision Clinic                              Phone: 747-6644


Fitness Centers

Hames Wellness Center                     Phone: 747-5080

Yoga Union                                        Phone: 623-7022

 

BANKS

First Bank                                                      747-6636         www.firstbankak.com
First National Bank Alaska                       747-7000         www.FNBAalaska.com
Northrim Bank                                              747-8688         www.northrim.com
Wells Fargo Bank                                         747-3226         www.wellsfargo.com

CREDIT UNIONS

Alps Federal Credit Union                    747-6261         www.alpsfcu.org

INVESTMENT SERVICES

Edward Jones                                        747-1001         www.edwardjones.com
Waddell & Reed                                     966-2803         www.waddell.com    
Pioneer Capital Management                747-8393

INSURANCE

Southeastern Title Agency                     747-3278        
Title Insurance, Escrow
Stedman Insurance Agency                    747-8618         www.stedmanins.com
Business, Personal, Life, Health
State Farm Insurance                              747-5801         www.statefarm.com
Auto, Home, Business, Life, Health
Venneberg Insurance Inc.                       747-8625         www.venneberginsurance.com
Business – Property & Casualty, Marine and Personal

 

Did you know….. Sitka has the largest incorporated city limits in the United States, spanning a land area of approximately 2,874 miles, with over 300 miles of coastline? Approximately 90% of the land is in the Tongass National Forest.

Public Safety

Number of Full Time Police Officers…………..….16
Number of Full Time Fire Personnel……………….9
Number of Fire, EMS, SAR, Dive Volunteer…....105
ISO Fire Insurance Rating………………………..…..4
Average annual number of 911 calls…….....2,494
Average response to working fire…....................10-15 firefighters
Other law enforcement in the area……...............Alaska State Troopers
Sitka has been designated by the National Weather Service as a Tsunami-ready community.

Emergency Contacts

Fire Department (Information/business): 209 Lake Street, Sitka, Alaska
Phone: 747-3233; Fax: 747-7450; Emergency 911
Police Department (Information/Business): 304 Lake Street, Sitka, Alaska
Phone: 747-3245; Fax: 747-1075; Emergency 911
Sitka Community Hospital 209 Moller Drive, Sitka, Alaska
Phone: 747-3241
South East Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC)
222 Tongass Drive, Sitka, Alaska, Phone 966-2411
United States Coast Guard (Emergency) Phone: 966-2411 or 1-800-478-5555
Crisis Line Agency (24 hour line) Phone: 747-6511 or 1-800-478-6511
Poison Information Center Phone: 1-800-478-3193

Sitka hosts the US Coast Guard Air Station, the US Coast Guard Cutter Maple
and the Alaska Public Safety Training Academy.

Alaska State Troopers

Sitka is the home of US Coast Guard Air Station Sitka , the US Coast Guard Cutter Maple
 and the Alaska Public Safety Training Academy.

Health & Social Services Agencies

Alaska Office of Children Services                           747-2802
Alaska Division of Public Assistance                              747-8234 or 1-800-478-8234
Alaska Legal Services Corporation                                1-800-789-6426
Alcoholics Anonymous                                             747-8866
Brave Heart Volunteers                                                       747-4600
Center for Community                                                        747-6960
Community RIDE Public Bus System                                747-7103
Raven’s Way (Youth treatment)                                 966-8714
Salvation Army                                                         747-3358
SASSY Program (Seniors & Sitka Sound Youth)           747-8670
Sitka Cancer Survivors Group                                   747-5844
Sitka Counseling and Prevention Services Inc.          747-3636
Sitka Tribe of Alaska Social Services                               747-2669
Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL)              747-6859
Swan Lake Senior Center                                                     747-8617
Sitkans Against Family Violence (SAFV)                          747-3370

 

News & Media

Daily Sitka Sentinel                                   747-3219         www.sitkasentinel.com
Sitka’s, locally owned daily newspaper for 75 years
KCAW Raven Radio                                    747-5877         www.kcaw.org
Community supported public radio
KIFW/KSCT                                                   747-6626         www.sitkaradio.com
Commercial radio
KSCT-TV                                                      747-8200
Broadcasting all the local news and events               

Thimbleberry LakeYouth Services

Babies and Books                               747-8708
https://www.facebook.com/Sitka-Babies-and-Books-257707390970288/timeline/
Baranof Barracudas Swim Team       
www.teamunify.com
Big Brothers Big Sisters                     747-3500
www.bbbsak.org
Community Schools                            747-8670
www.sitkaschools.org/Domain/14
Girls Scouts of America                      1-800-478-8247
www.girlscoutsalaska.org
Kenwa Kai Karate of Sitka                747-5928
www.sitkakarate.org

Sitka Little League                             747-3257
www.eteamz.com/Sitka
Sitka Fine Arts Camp                         747-3085
http://www.fineartscamp.org/

Sitka Studio of Dance                        966-2557
www.thinkartthinksitka..com
Sitka Trail Works                                747-7244
http://www.sitkatrailworks.org/
Sitka Youth Soccer Club                    747-7504
www.alaskayouthsoccer.org
Youth Advocates of Sitka                  747-3687


www.sitkayouth.org


The Sea Walk from downtown to Totem Park

 

Community & Recreation Facilities

Ball fields.......................... 9
Campgrounds.................. 2
Children’s Playgrounds... 4
City & State Parks............. 4
Libraries............................ 1
Museums.......................... 5
RV Parks........................... 3
Swimming Pools.............. 1
Trails.....................,,,,..... 14
Wellness Center............... 1

Did you know that…
Sitka was the capital of Russian America from 1799 until 1867 when Alaska was transferred from Russia to the United StatesSitka served as the capital of the AlaskaTerritory until 1906 when the seat of government was transferred to Juneau.

The main road extends only 16 miles from one end of town to another, and we have only two stop lights. We like it that way.  If you move here, and feel the need to drive long distances, you’ll have to “get off the rock” once in a while.

If you’re coming for a visit, to check out the town before moving, here are some resources for your stay.

Car Rentals

Avis, www.avisalaska.com 907-866-2404
North Star Rent-a-Car, www.northstarrentacar.com 800-722-6927

Taxis

Hank’s Cab, www.facebook.com/HanksCab.com 907-747-8888
Baranof Taxi, 907-747-4722
Sitka Cabs, 907-747-5001

Lodging

Cascade Inn, www.cascadeinnsitka.com 800-532-0908
Eagle Bay Inn. www.sitkaseaglebayinn.com 907-623-9973
Fly In Fish Inn, www.flyinfishinn.com 907-747-7910
Super 8 Motel, www.super8.com 907-747-8804
Totem Square Hotel & Marina, www.totemsquarehotel.com 866-300-1353
Westmark Sitka Hotel, www.westmarkhotels.com 844-247-1613

Sitka also has numerous lodges, B&Bs, Vacation Rentals, RV parks and an International Hostel. For more information, visit the Sitka Convention and Visitors Bureau as www.sitka.org

This Spirit of Sitka video was filmed several years ago, so some things have changed, but it's still a good representation of life here in Sitka.