Sitka is a somewhat small coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Alaska. With a population of 8,458 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Sitka is the fifth largest community in Alaska.
Sitka real estate is some of the most expensive in Alaska, although Sitka house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Sitka is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Sitka is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Sitka who work in management occupations (15.09%), office and administrative support (9.99%), and sales jobs (9.67%).
There are many members of the armed forces living in Sitka. You will notice when you visit or live here that some of the people you meet or see around town are employed by the armed services - even if they are not always in uniform.
One of the nice things about Sitka is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 11.85 minutes getting to work every day.
The population of Sitka is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 34.23% of adults in Sitka have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in Sitka in 2018 was $41,082, which is wealthy relative to Alaska and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $164,328 for a family of four. However, Sitka contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Sitka is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Sitka home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Sitka residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Important ancestries of people in Sitka include German, Irish, English, Norwegian, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Sitka is English. Other important languages spoken here include Tagalog and Spanish.