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 (268 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 info@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.

Places of Worship

Assembly of God
Phone 747-5848

Baha’I Faith
Phone: 747-6998

Calvary Chapel Sitka
Phone: 747- 5454

Christian Science
Phone: 747-8506

Church of Christ
Phone: 747-5859

Church of Christ of Latter Day Saints
Phone: 747-8115

Church of the Nazarene
Phone: 747-8115

Eckankar-Religion of the Light
and Sound of God

Phone: 747-8902

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

United Methodist Church
Phone: 747-8775

Quaker Worship       
Phone: 747-5039

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall
Phone: 747-3363

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

Salvation Army
Phone: 747-3358

Seventh Day Adventist
Phone: 747-8855

Sitka Christian Center
Phone: 747-6771

Sitka Jewish Community
Phone: 747-3243

Trinity Baptist Church
Phone: 747-5706

United Pentecostal Church
Phone: 747-3669

Victory Christian Fellowship Bible
Phone: 747-5433

Schools & Training

Sitka School District
Phone: 747-8622
http://www.ssd.k12.ak.us/

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
http://shs.ssd.k12.ak.us/

Pacific High School (Alternative)
Phone: 747-7732

Sitka Native Education Program (Tutoring & Cultural Programs)
Phone: 747-8561

Community Schools
(Recreational & Other Programs)
Phone 747-8670

Mt. Edgecumbe High School
(State boarding school) Phone: 966-2201

Sitka Seventh Day Adventist School
Phone: 966-2661

Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA)
Phone: 747-3287

 

Post Secondary Education

University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka Campus
Phone: 747-6653
http://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

 

Financial Services

BANKS

Alaska Pacific Bank                          747-8688         www.alaskapacificbank.com
First Bank                                             747-6636         www.firstbankak.com
First National Bank Alaska               747-7000         www.FNBAalaska.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         http://www.waddell.com/
Pioneer Capital Management          747-8393

INSURANCE

Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield    747-6077
            Health insurance
Southeastern Title Agency              747-3278
            Title Insurance, Escrow
Stedman Insurance Agency            747-8618
            Business, Personal, Life, Health
State Farm                                            747-5801
            Auto, Home, Business, Life, Health
Venneberg Insurance Inc.                747-8625
            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 TongassNational Forest.

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
Planned Parenthood                                                              Phone: 747-3883
Sitka Community Hospital                                                    Phone: 747-3241
We are proud to have served the community of Sitka, Alaska with quality healthcare services for over 50 years. Despite our small size and the community’s isolation, we offer a full range of medical services.
White's PharmacySitka Community Hospital Home Health Agency             Phone: 747-1750
Sitka Public Health                                                                  Phone: 747-3255
Sitka Counseling & Prevention Services                           Phone: 747-3636
South East Alaska Regional Health Consortium
(SEARHC) Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital                                     Phone: 966-2411
“Your partner in health.” Serving the Southeast Alaska Native community. 
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

Housing & Real Estate

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

            2009 Active Properties for Sale (From Multiple Listing Service)
Single Family          Average price...................................... $299,406
      (34)                     Median price....................................... $288,500
Single Family          Average price...................................... $363,500
      with Apt. (6)        Median price....................................... $368,500
Mobile homes         Average price........................................ $33,857
      (7)                        Median price......................................... $34,000
Mobile w/lot             Average price...................................... $225,000
      (1)                       Median price....................................... $225,000
Homes sold in 2009........................................................................ 68

            2009 Fair Market Rent for Sitka, HUD Data
Efficiency………………………………………………..…...$780
1-bedroom…………………………………………….….....$899
2-bedroom………………………………………………   $1,073
3-bedroom………………………………………………...$1,563

4-bedroom………………………………………………...$1,883

            2009 City & Borough Assessing Department Data
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 – 125.8% average. US average – 100%    
Cheap for Paradise!
Sitka Realty
Davis Realty

Public Safety

Number of Full Time Police Officers…………..…...19
Number of Full Time Fire Personnel………………..9
Number of Fire, EMS, SAR, Dive Volunteer…..…...70
ISO Fire Insurance Rating………………………..…..5
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

Health & Social Services Agencies & Organizations

Advancing Our Community                                                          747-5527
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
Commission on Heath Needs and Community Services      747-8534
Community RIDE Public Bus System                                         747-7103
Planned Parenthood                                                                      747-3883
Pregnancy Aid                                                                                 747-6955
Raven’s Way (Youth treatment)                                                  966-8714
Reach for Recovery                                                                       747-3566
Salvation Army                                                                                747-3358
SASSY Program (Seniors & Sitka Sound Youth)                    747-8670
Seven Circles Coalition                                                                 966-8753
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                                                 747-3370

Transportation

Sitka is on an island and is only accessible by plane or boat.

Air

Major Air Carriers.............  Alaska Airlines,  http://alaskaair.com/
Local Air Carriers.............. Harris Air and Air Sitka,  http://www.harrisair.com/
Airport Facilities................  Rocky Gutierrez Airport
      Number of Enplaning Passengers (2005)……76,864

Water

Harbors: Eliason Harbor, Thomsen Harbor, ANB Harbor, Crescent Harbor, Sealing Cove Harbor
Permanent slips: 1,347. Rate: $1.75/foot/month. Seasonal reserved moorage available.

Marine Passenger and Auto Ferry Service:  Alaska Marine Highway System, http://www.dot.state.ak.us/amhs/index.shtml 

Ferry dock 6 miles from downtown.

2005 disembarking ferry passengers: 12,519                                                 

Shipping
Parcel Service................... US Postal Service, UPS, Federal Express, Airborne Express/DHL

Air Freight Service............. Alaska Airlines, Alaska Central Express, Northern Air Cargo, Service Transfer

Marine Freight Service....... Alaska Marine Lines, Samson Tug and Barge, Northland Services

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 feel the need to drive long distances, you’ll have to “get off the rock” for a while.

Thimbleberry LakeYouth Services and Recreation

Babies and Books,                               747-3255
Baranof Barracudas (Swim Team),   747-7604
Big Brothers Big Sisters,                     747-3500
Boys & Girls Club,                                 747-4961
Community Schools,                            747-8670 http://www.ssd.k12.ak.us/CommSchool/index.html
Girls Scouts of America,                 1-800-478-8247
Kenwa Kai Karate of Sitka,                 747-5928
Sitka Little League,                               747-3257
Sitka Fine Arts Camp,                          747-3085
http://www.fineartscamp.org/
Sitka Studio of Dance                           966-2557
Sitka Trail Works,                                  747-7244
http://www.sitkatrailworks.org/
Sitka Youth Soccer Club                      747-7504
Youth Advocates of Sitka                     747-3687

Community & Recreation Facilities

Ball fields............................. 5
Campgrounds.................... 2
Children’s Playgrounds.... 4
City & State Parks.............. 4
Libraries.............................. 2
Museums............................ 5
RV Parks............................. 3
Swimming Pools............... 2
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.


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.