Addiction and Treatment Statistics for Petersburg, Alaska

If you are looking for a nice, quiet location for drug rehabilitation in Alaska, Petersburg is an ideal setting to help you get your life back on track. Petersburg is a small, rural community with a population of approximately 2,975 residents, located on Mitkof Island in Petersburg Borough. The natural beauty of the area and low population density make for an idyllic and peaceful place to spend your time while undergoing rehab.

Airport Information

People tend to rely on airplanes to travel to and from Petersburg, as well as to get around within the state. The area is served by the Petersburg James A. Johnson Airport, which has a single runway and serves commercial, military and local traffic. There is also the Lloyd R. Roundtree Seaplane Facility Seaplane Base.

For domestic flights coming out of nearby Wrangell (about 40 miles away), people rely on the Wrangell Airport. The closest international airport is the Prince George Airport in Prince George, Canada and is about 700 miles from Petersburg.

Weather in Petersburg

Because of its location in Alaska, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise to learn that it can get pretty cold and wet in Petersburg. Temperatures average in the 30s from December to January and climb to the 40s during spring and fall.

While the bulk of the nation sees scorching summers, the temperature in Petersburg tends to range between 50 and 60 degrees in summertime, so remember to pack some warm clothing for your stay.

Precipitation on average is about 11 inches in January, dropping to about 5 inches through the spring. As summer ends, the rainfall starts climbing from about 7 inches to as much as 18 inches through the early fall, tapering off to 12 inches by winter.


You have plenty of options when it comes to finding hotels and motels in Petersburg, which are suitable for you to stay in following your rehab, as well as a convenient place for friends and family members who come to see you during treatment.

For example, Scandia House has rooms for singles as well as luxurious suites. The Tides Inn is another fine choice and is in the center of town. If you’re interested in B&B’s, you can stay at the Sea Level Bed & Breakfast, Nordic House Bed & Breakfast or the Waterfront Bed & Breakfast.

Employment Opportunities in Petersburg

What kinds of opportunities are there for work in Petersburg? After you have concluded your rehab, you have a range of job prospects to consider. Being a rugged and rural area, the main types of work revolve around agriculture, hunting, fishing and forestry, and account for about 36 percent of local industry.

Manufacturing comes in second with about 18 percent of the area’s occupations, followed by retail work at 13 percent. Approximately 6 percent of local work has to do with the construction industry, with warehouse, transportation and public administration each making up about 4 percent of industries providing work.

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