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Area Description

With views of island-studded waters and stately spruce forests reaching to the water's edge, Sitka is considered Alaska's most beautiful seaside town. Yet Sitka's hallmark is its tenure and devotion to a culturally diverse past. In a young state whose history is filled with tales of boom towns and ghost towns, Sitka has the distinctive character of a place that has been settled for thousands of years. These ancient lands, home to the Tlingit Indians, celebrated their life and culture long before Russians or Americans walked on the rocky shores and today Tlingit living culture is deeply rooted in this small seaside city.

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Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   Beyond the city of Sitka's tiny footprint sits thousands of square miles of unadulterated, purely wild, untouched country that includes temperate rain forests, freshwater rivers, inland bays, snow capped mountains and Mt. Edgecumbe, a dormant volcano. For those who seek boundless adventure in the great outdoors, Sitka delivers beyond your wildest dreams. The water and land surrounding Sitka are well known for abundant and diverse wildlife, watching whales from the shore is a common occurrence. For the avid angler Sitka is a dream come true. For the history buff, Sitka is a place where stories of the past come to life and history is tucked into every corner. Sitka boasts 22 sites on the National Register of Historic places.

Cultural Activities

Sitka's inspirational setting and eclectic atmosphere attracts celebrated artists from around the world. There's a bustling arts scene including an arts extravaganza that combines the Sitka Summer Music Festival, Sitka Fine Arts Camp, science and humanities symposiums, art share, and culinary parties.

Public transportation

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.

The main road extends only 16 miles from one end of town to another, and we have only two stop lights.

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Monthly Temperatures / Rain / Snow

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain  Snow
 Jan  27.1  32.5  37.9  8.8 "  12.5 "
 Feb  28.4  35.0  41.5  7.4 "  10.5 "
 Mar  30.3  37.7  45.1  6.7 "  7.0 "
 Apr  33.6  42.0  50.3  5.6 "  1.0 "
 May  38.7  46.8  54.9  4.9 "  0.0 "
 Jun  44.2  51.5  58.7  3.8 "  0.0 "
 Jul  48.7  55.3  61.8  4.2 "  0.0 "
 Aug  49.1  56.1  63.2  6.4 "  0.0 "
 Sep  44.4  52.0  59.6  12.4 "  0.0 "
 Oct  38.4  44.9  51.4  15.6 "  0.3 "
 Nov  31.7  37.4  43.1  10.2 "  5.7 "
 Dec  28.8  34.0  39.1  10.2 "  7.0 "

Sitka has a mild, humid, temperate climate with warm summers and no dry season. The area within 25 miles of 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.

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.

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Cost of Living for Sitka, AK

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Senior Assistance in Sitka, AK

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