What makes Petersburg unique from other Alaskan towns?
Petersburg is a fishing town with respect for the nature and beauty of things like mountains, Norwegian rosemaling (tole-painting), laughter, the temperate rainforest, and the smiles and idiosyncrasies of a hardworking, proud people. Petersburg is Alaska sprinkled with a little bit of Norway and a big boatload of adventure.
What do most residents of Petersburg do for employment?
While most employment is connected to the commercial fishing and seafood processing industries, Petersburg has a wide range of professional employment opportunities for such a small community, including pilots, health care professionals (doctors, nurses, dentists), journalists, artists, accountants, wildlife/fisheries biologists, financial & insurance professionals, and land surveyors to name a few.
More people should know about Petersburg because…
They'll be charmed by the small town novelties of a working fishing village as much as they’ll enjoy exploring the spectacular landscape surrounding us.
What do you like most/least about living in Petersburg?
Visitors to Petersburg often insist I must have grown indifferent by now to the excitement of watching eagles flying out over the water or watching humpback whales bubble-net feed or catching a salmon for dinner. Frequent sights of icebergs or Orca passing by in the Wrangell Narrows or in Frederick sound are stunning. The honest answer is no. I love those things and it's captivating and inspiring every time. Enjoying these things, as part of my everyday, is what I like most.
What I like least is that I’m never driving in the car long enough to hear more than one song on the radio.