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Sitka, Alaska

Sitka City and Borough Alaska
Administration
Full nameCity and Borough of Sitka
Official nameCity and Borough of Sitka
Settlement typeCity and Borough
CountryUnited States
StateAlaska
Colonized1799
IncorporatedDecember 2, 1971
Government
MayorCheryl Westover
Geography
Total Area4811.5 sq mi (12461.8 km2)
Land Area2874.0 sq mi (7443.7 km2)
Water Area1937.6 sq mi (5018.4 km2)
Elevation26 ft (7.9 m)
Demography
Total Population8986 (2005)
Density (pop.)1.2/km2 (3.13/sq mi)
Other information
Time zoneAlaska (UTC-9)
- Summer (DST)Alaska (UTC-8)
ZIP99835
Area code907
FIPS code02-70540
GNIS feature ID[  1414736]

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The City and Borough of Sitka, originally called New Archangel (Russian: "Новоaрхангельск" or "Ново-Архангельск"; transliterated: "Novoarkhangelsk" or "Novo-Arkhangelsk") under Russian Rule, is a unified city-borough located on Baranof Island and the southern half of Chichagof Island in the Alexander Archipelago of the Pacific Ocean (part of the Alaska Panhandle), in the U.S. state of Alaska. With an estimated population of 8,986 in 2005, Sitka is the fourth-largest city by population in Alaska. Urban Sitka (Downtown) , the part that is usually thought of as the "city" of Sitka, is situated on the west side of Baranof Island.

The current name "Sitka" (derived from Sheet’ká, a contraction of the Tlingit name Shee At'iká) means "People on the Outside of Shee", Sheet’-ká X'áat'l (often expressed simply as Shee) being the Tlingit name for Baranof Island.


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