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Decennial Census  As of the census , there were 8, people residing in the borough. The racial makeup of the borough, based on one race alone or in combination with one or more other races, was, There were 3, households out of which The average household size was 2.
However, there are more people employed in the seafood industry than in any other sector. Many Sitkans hunt and gather subsistence foods such as fish, deer, berries, seaweeds and mushrooms for personal use. Of residents aged 16 and over, an estimated 4, were employed within the civilian labor force, were unemployed looking for work , were employed in the armed forces U.
Coast Guard , and 1, were not in the labor force. The average unemployment rate between and was 6. In December the Blue Lake Expansion project began, which will create 27 percent more electricity for the residents of Sitka.
The project was completed in November During Russian rule , Sitka was a busy seaport on the west coast of North America,  mentioned a number of times by Dana in his popular account of an sailing voyage Two Years Before the Mast.
After the transfer of Alaska to U.
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By , Sitka was receiving 5, tourist passengers a year. Since then, the majority of the cruise ships calling on Sitka berth at the Old Sitka Dock, with the remainder anchoring offshore in Crescent Harbor and tendering their passengers to downtown Sitka. In the season, there were cruise ship calls at Sitka with more than , passengers in total; of these less than 30, were tendered.
The first recorded Alaska Day Festival was held in The home rule charter of the City and Borough of Sitka was adopted on 2 December  for the region of the Greater Sitka Borough, which included Mt.
The city was incorporated on 24 September Sheldon Jackson College , a small Presbyterian -affiliated private college, suspended operations in June , after several years of financial stress. Two private schools are available in Sitka: It receives about , guests annually and houses a collection of 75, books, audiobooks, music recordings, reference resources, videos DVD and VHS as well as an assortment of Alaskan and national periodicals.
Its annual circulation is , The library is well known by visitors for its view. The large windows in front of the reading area look south across Eastern Channel towards the Pyramids. Sitka also receives circulation of the Capital City Weekly — a weekly regional newspaper based out of Juneau. Ragan on September 19, Only four issues were published that year, as Ragan cited a lack of resources available at the time.
The paper resumed publishing the following year as the Alaska Times. In , it moved to Seattle , where the year following it was renamed the Seattle Times not to be confused with the modern-day newspaper of the same name. Transportation[ edit ] Sitka is only accessible by boat or plane as it is a series of islands in the Pacific Ocean. Vehicles are usually brought to Sitka via the Alaska Marine Highway ferry system.
However, a vehicle is not an absolute necessity in Sitka, as there are only 14 miles 23 kilometres of road from one end of the island to another. Most everything is within walking distance from the downtown area which is where the majority of employers are situated.
There is also public transportation available. By air, Sitka Rocky Gutierrez Airport offers scheduled passenger jet service operated year-round by Alaska Airlines and seasonally by Delta Connection as well as commuter, charter, and bush air service provided by Harris Aircraft Services. Harris Air provides scheduled service to several smaller communities in the southeast as well as to Juneau. The Sitka Seaplane Base is seaplane landing area situated in the Sitka Channel , adjacent to the airport.
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Vehicles, pets and bicycles can also be taken on the ferry for an additional charge. This, in addition to the tides of Peril Straits that allow mainline vessels through only at slack tide combine to result in no designated service by a vessel and minimal service overall. However, the AMHS is often the mode of transportation of choice when the schedule proves convenient because of its much cheaper cost.
Alaska Marine Lines, a barge and freight company, also has the ability to move cars to other communities connected to the mainland by road systems. All buses are fully accessible, with service from 6: In , the League of American Bicyclists awarded Sitka the bronze level in bicycle friendliness making Sitka the first bicycle-friendly community in Alaska. In , the Walk Friendly Communities  program awarded Sitka with a bronze award, making Sitka the first Alaska community with a Walk Friendly Communities designation.
Healthcare[ edit ] There are two hospitals in Sitka: The hospital serves as a regional referral center for people throughout Southeast Alaska, and also provides primary outpatient care. Numerous specialty clinics are offered at the hospital that are not available in the smaller communities such as neurology, orthopedic, dermatology, ophthalmology and denture clinics.
Notable people[ edit ] Dick Eliason left, shown in and Scott McAdams right, shown in the early s are among the past mayors of Sitka.