Sitka, AK
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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 8,863 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Sitka is the fourth largest community in Alaska.

Sitka home prices are not only among the most expensive in Alaska, but Sitka real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

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 service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Sitka who work in office and administrative support (13.90%), management occupations (12.13%), and healthcare (7.59%).

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.

One of the benefits of Sitka is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 12.29 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

The education level of Sitka citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 31.17% of adults in Sitka have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Sitka in 2010 was $33,890, which is wealthy relative to Alaska and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $135,560 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 Irish, English, Norwegian, and French .

The most common language spoken in Sitka is English. Other important languages spoken here include Tagalog and Spanish.

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