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Sitka is an Alaskan city and borough near Juneau, the state capital. It’s spread over Baranof Island, part of Chichagof Island and others. It was part of Russia until 1867 and St. Michael’s Orthodox Cathedral is topped with an onion dome. The 1842 Russian Bishop’s House is nearby. Sitka National Historical Park is the site of Russia’s defeat of the indigenous Tlingit people and has a trail dotted with totem poles.

Sitka is an Alaskan city and borough near Juneau, the state capital. It’s spread over Baranof Island, part of Chichagof Island and others. It was part of Russia until 1867 and St. Michael’s Orthodox Cathedral is topped with an onion dome. The 1842 Russian Bishop’s House is nearby. Sitka National Historical Park is the site of Russia’s defeat of the indigenous Tlingit people and has a trail dotted with totem poles.

Below is a snapshot of the cost of living in Sitka.

  • Average Lunch: $10.00 (not including tip & tax)
  • Cable TV Subscription: $50.00+ up./Month
  • Electricity:
    Residential: $0.1283/ Per KWH
  • Fuel:
    Gasoline: $3.35/Gal.
  • Grocery: Allow $300.00 per month/per adult
  • Ladies Hairstyle: $25 – $30
  • Men’s Haircut: $18.00
  • Propane: $3.35/Gal. Delivered
  • Taxes: 6% Sales Tax on all purchases (including food)
  • Telephone: $19.99/Mo. Base Residential Rate

What to See and Do

Sitka, population 9,000, is located on the west coast of Baranof Island, facing the Pacific Ocean. The area is one of the most scenic and historic places in the state of Alaska. Residents live among a stunningly beautiful landscape, enjoy a rich area history, a close-knit community with year-round events, and a thriving arts scene. In 2013, Smithsonian Magazine named Sitka one of the Top 20 Small Towns to Visit in the United States. Sitka has no shortage of outdoor activities, museums, and culture.

Eating and Drinking

Sitka boasts 22 buildings and sites that appear in the National Register of Historic Places. Sites not to be missed include the Alaska Raptor Center, Fortress of the Bear, Sheldon Jackson Museum, Southeast Alaska Indian Cultural Center, and Sitka National Historic Park. The town also has a vibrant arts community, hosting at least one major event monthly. Popular annual events include Sitka ArtiGras, the Sitka Summer Music Festival, and WhaleFest.

Where to Live

Rentals range from $900 to $1,100 per month for a one-bedroom apartment. Median house or condominium value is $395,696.

How to Get Around

Daily jet service, air taxis, air charters, helicopter services and the state ferry are all available methods of transportation in and out of Sitka.

Air: Sitka Rocky Gutierrez Airport (SIT) is a five-minute drive from downtown Sitka, and has one runway, which operational year-round. Alaska Airlines flies to Sitka year-round, and can be taken to Juneau, Ketchikan, and Seattle. Delta operates seasonally, with flights to Seattle. Regional seaplane companies like Alaska Seaplanes can shuttle passengers to other Southeast Alaska destinations.

Road:  Sitka is on Baranof Island, with only 14 miles of road from one end of the island to the other, and no roads to mainland Alaska.

Water: The Alaska Marine Highway System offers daily, year-round ferry service to and from Sitka to many coastal communities in Southeast Alaska, including Juneau and Haines. Ferries can accommodate cars, so a popular option is to take a ferry from Sitka to Haines, where there is access to mainland Alaska and British Columbia, Canada.