Sitka City and Borough, AK

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Population

8,810

1.24% decline

Median Age

38.9


Median Household Income

$70,765

0.862% growth

Poverty Rate

9.24%


Number of Employees

4,702

1.34% decline

Median Property Value

$350,900

2.72% growth

About

In 2017, Sitka City and Borough, AK had a population of 8.81k people with a median age of 38.9 and a median household income of $70,765. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Sitka City and Borough, AK declined from 8,921 to 8,810, a -1.24% decrease and its median household income grew from $70,160 to $70,765, a 0.862% increase.

The population of Sitka City and Borough, AK is 62.4% White Alone, 13.1% American Indian & Alaska Native Alone, and 10.1% Two or More Races. 11.1% of the people in Sitka City and Borough, AK speak a non-English language, and 96.3% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Sitka City and Borough, AK is $350,900, and the homeownership rate is 56.6%. Most people in Sitka City and Borough, AK commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 10 minutes. The average car ownership in Sitka City and Borough, AK is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Sitka City and Borough, AK employs 4.7k people. The largest industries in Sitka City and Borough, AK are Health Care & Social Assistance (791 people), Retail Trade (546 people), and Educational Services (506 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($149,333), Utilities ($111,875), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($75,833).

Median household income in Sitka City and Borough, AK is $70,765. Males in Sitka City and Borough, AK have an average income that is 1.35 times higher than the average income of females, which is $50,667. The income inequality in Sitka City and Borough, AK (measured using the Gini index) is 0.436, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$70,765

2017 value

± $6,307

0.862%

1 Year Growth

± 10.7%

Households in Sitka City and Borough, AK have a median annual income of $70,765, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $70,160 in 2016, which represents a 0.862% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$68,424

Average Male Salary

± $3,558

$50,667

Average Female Salary

± $2,680

In 2017, full-time male employees in Sitka City and Borough, AK made 1.35 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. White

    $59,757 ± $2,775

  2. American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races

    $46,641 ± $19,678

  3. Black

    $45,507 ± $11,416

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Sitka City and Borough, AK workers was White. These workers were paid 1.28 times more than American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Sitka City and Borough, AK is from Alaska.

0.436

2017 Wage GINI

0.436

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Alaska was 0.436 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.191% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Alaska was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Alaska in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Alaska across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 1

  2. Census Tract 2

  3. N/A

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Sitka City and Borough, AK was Census Tract 1 with a value of $75,333, followed by Census Tract 2 and N/A, with respective values of $66,000 and N/A.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Sitka City and Borough, AK colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 45 - 54

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

9.24% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Sitka City and Borough, AK (800 out of 8.66k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 45 - 54, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Females 35 - 44.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. Native American

    338 ± 81

  2. White

    257 ± 74

  3. Two Or More

    154 ± 72

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Sitka City and Borough, AK is Native American, followed by White and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

4.7k

2017 Value

± 325

-1.34%

1 Year decline

± 9.88%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Sitka City and Borough, AK declined at a rate of -1.34%, from 4.77k employees to 4.7k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Sitka City and Borough, AK, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (610 people), Management Occupations (593 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (492 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Sitka City and Borough, AK.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Sitka City and Borough, AK, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (610 people), Management Occupations (593 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (492 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Sitka City and Borough, AK has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (6.36 times higher than expected), Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (2.09 times), and Education, Training, & Library Occupations (1.43 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Sitka City and Borough, AK, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($86,146), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($84,250), and Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations ($75,815).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

4.7k

2017 Value

± 325

-1.34%

1 Year decline

± 9.88%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Sitka City and Borough, AK declined at a rate of -1.34%, from 4.77k employees to 4.7k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Sitka City and Borough, AK, are Health Care & Social Assistance (791 people), Retail Trade (546 people), and Educational Services (506 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Sitka City and Borough, AK, though some of these residents may live in Sitka City and Borough, AK and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Sitka City and Borough, AK, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (791 people), Retail Trade (546 people), and Educational Services (506 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Sitka City and Borough, AK has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (7.84 times higher than expected), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (2.68 times), and Public Administration (2.13 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Sitka City and Borough, AK, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($149,333), Utilities ($111,875), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($75,833).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Alaska to other states, or from other states to Alaska.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $40.8B

  2. $4.7B

  3. $3.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Alaska product (by dollars) was Crude petroleum with $40.8B, followed by Gasoline with $4.7B and Fuel oils and $3.1B.

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Alaska products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$64.6B

2015 Value

$74.6B

Projected 2045 Value

15.5% growth

In 2015, total outbound Alaska trade was $64.6B. This is expected to increase 15.5% to $74.6B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Alaska trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Alaska to other states, or from other states to Alaska.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $17.7B

  2. $7.35B

  3. $1.53B

In 2015, the top outbound Alaska domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was California with $17.7B, followed by Washington with $7.35B and Utah and $1.53B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Alaska shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

82.1% of the population of Sitka City and Borough, AK has health coverage, with 44.4% on employee plans, 10.2% on Medicaid, 10.2% on Medicare, 13.5% on non-group plans, and 3.81% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Sitka City and Borough, AK was $11,064 in 2014. This is a 6.1% increase from the previous year ($10,428).

Primary care physicians in Sitka City and Borough, AK see 466 patients per year on average, which represents a 5.67% decrease from the previous year (494 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 736 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 77 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Ketchikan Gateway Borough and Wrangell City and Borough have the highest prevalence of diabetes (9.4%). Additionally, Aleutians West Census Area has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (40.7%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

466 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Sitka City and Borough, AK see an average of 466 patients per year. This represents a 5.67% decrease from the previous year (494 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$11,064

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$5,958

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$12,001

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,288

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Alaska (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 6.1%, from $10,428 to $11,064.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

17.9%

Uninsured

44.4%

Employer Coverage

10.2%

Medicaid

10.2%

Medicare

13.5%

Non-Group

3.81%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Sitka City and Borough, AK declined by 3.96% from 18.6% to 17.9%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Sitka City and Borough, AK changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 9.4% prevalence

  2. 9.4% prevalence

  3. 9.1% prevalence

Ketchikan Gateway Borough and Wrangell City and Borough have the highest prevalence of diabetes in Alaska, at 9.4%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Alaska by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Sitka City and Borough, AK is home to a population of 8.81k people, from which 96.3% are citizens. As of 2017, 7.98% of Sitka City and Borough, AK residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Sitka City and Borough, AK is composed of 5.5k White Alone residents (62.4%), 1.16k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (13.1%), 887 Two or More Races residents (10.1%), 590 Asian Alone residents (6.7%), 555 Hispanic or Latino residents (6.3%), 85 Black or African American Alone residents (0.965%), 37 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.42%), and 0 Some Other Race Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Sitka City and Borough, AK are Tagalog (301 speakers), Spanish or Spanish Creole (191 speakers), and Other Native North American Languages (104 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

38

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.8

50

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 5.3

In 2017, the median age of all people in Sitka City and Borough, AK was 38.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 38, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 50. But people in Sitka City and Borough, AK are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Sitka City and Borough, AK residents was 39.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

7.98%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

8.45%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 7.98% of Sitka City and Borough, AK residents were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Sitka City and Borough, AK was 8.45%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Philippines

    17,951 ± 3,249 people

  2. Korea

    4,417 ± 1,627 people

  3. Mexico

    3,317 ± 1,411 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Sitka City and Borough, AK was Philippines, the natal country of 17,951 Sitka City and Borough, AK residents, followed by Korea with 4,417 and Mexico with 3,317.

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Citizenship

96.3%

2017 Citizenship

95.9%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 96.3% of Sitka City and Borough, AK residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Sitka City and Borough, AK was 95.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    5.5k ± 30

  2. American Indian & Alaska Native Alone

    1.16k ± 138

  3. Two or More Races

    887 ± 156

In 2017, there were 4.75 times more White Alone residents (5.5k people) in Sitka City and Borough, AK than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.16k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone and 887 Two or More Races residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Sitka City and Borough, AK as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Tagalog

    301 speakers (3.59%)

  2. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    191 speakers (2.28%)

  3. Other Native North American Languages

    104 speakers (1.24%)

11.1% of Sitka City and Borough, AK citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Sitka City and Borough, AK was Tagalog. 3.59% of the overall population of Sitka City and Borough, AK are native Tagalog speakers. 2.28% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole and 1.24% speak Tagalog, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    256 ± 71

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    205 ± 93

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    66 ± 36

Sitka City and Borough, AK has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.25 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Sitka City and Borough, AK was $350,900 in 2017, which is 1.61 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $341,600 to $350,900, a 2.72% increase. The homeownership rate in Sitka City and Borough, AK is 56.6%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Sitka City and Borough, AK have an average commute time of 10 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Sitka City and Borough, AK is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$70,765

Median Household Income

± $6,307

3.55k

Number of Households

± 272

In 2017, the median household income of the 3.55k households in Sitka City and Borough, AK grew to $70,765 from the previous year's value of $70,160.

The following chart displays the households in Sitka City and Borough, AK distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$350,900

2017 Median

± $12,649

$341,600

2016 Median

± $13,696

In 2017, the median property value in Sitka City and Borough, AK grew to to $350,900 from the previous year's value of $341,600.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Sitka City and Borough, AK compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Sitka City and Borough, AK the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Property Taxes

$1,500 - $2k

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Sitka City and Borough, AK distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Sitka City and Borough, AK the largest share of households pay taxes in the $1,500 - $2k range.

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Rent vs Own

56.6%

2017 Homeownership

55.9%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 56.6% of the housing units in Sitka City and Borough, AK were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 55.9%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Sitka City and Borough, AK compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Sitka City and Borough, AK distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Sitka City and Borough, AK have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

10 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Sitka City and Borough, AK have a shorter commute time (10 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.37% of the workforce in Sitka City and Borough, AK have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    60.9%

  2. Walked

    15.6%

  3. Carpooled

    12.4%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Sitka City and Borough, AK was Drove Alone, followed by those who Walked and those who Carpooled.

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