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Overview

Introduction to Juneau, Alaska

Juneau, the capital of the State of Alaska, is located on the Gastineau Channel on the Alexander Archipelago of southeastern Alaska. Juneau is roughly 890 miles northwest of Seattle, Washington and 560 miles southeast of Anchorage. The area of Juneau is almost as large as the states of Delaware and Rhode Island combined.

Juneau is organized into two districts. District 1 consists of the Downtown Juneau, Salmon Creek, Lemon Creek, Switzer Creek, Juneau International Airport, and Douglas Island precincts. District 2 consists of the Mendenhall Valley, Auke Bay, Fritz Cove, and Lynn Canal precincts.

Main access to Juneau is by sea or air. Juneau is served by the Juneau International Airport (JNU) which has one runway and one seaplane landing area. Juneau is also served by the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS), a ferry service operated by the government of the U.S. state of Alaska for communities in Southeastern Alaska that have no road access. Juneau's harbor is also a port of call for cruise ships.

Prior to European settlement, the area now occupied by Juneau was inhabited by Tlingit Indians, known as the Auke and Taku tribes. The area was a favorite fishing ground of the Indians. In 1880, the site of Juneau was founded as a mining camp by Joe Juneau and Richard Harris. The town was originally called Harrisburg, after Richard Harris. Subsequently the name was changed to Rockwell. The name was last changed to Juneau in 1881. Juneau became the City and Borough of Juneau in 1970 when the City of Juneau merged with the City of Douglas and the surrounding borough to form the current municipality

Juneau Points of Interest

Juneau is located within some of the most breath taking geography including grand mountain peaks and the pristine waterfront of the Gastineau Channel. Opportunities for outdoor activities abound including unparalleled glacier viewing from Tracy Arm Fjord, Mendenhall Glacier, the Juneau Icefield and Glacier Bay National Park. In addition, outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy kayaking, dogsledding, rafting, biking, hiking and glacier hiking. In the winter individuals can enjoy snowboarding and downhill skiing, cross-country skiing and heli-skiing.

For fishermen there is abundant salmon and halibut fishing only minutes from downtown Juneau. Wilderness cabins and fishing lodges are also available to cater to fishermen seeking a remote Alaska fishing experience.

For arts and entertainment, Juneau hosts the annual Alaska Folk Festival and Juneau Jazz & Classics music festivals, and is also home to Perseverance Theatre, Alaska's only professional theater. Other arts and entertainment attractions include:

  • The Alaska State Museum
  • The Juneau - Douglas City Museum
  • The Juneau Lyric Opera
  • The Juneau Symphony
  • The Last Chance Mining Museum & Historical Park
  • Opera to Go

Demographics

People

Total Population32,524
Male Share of the Population51.2%
Female Share of the Population48.8%
Senior Citizens10.4%
Employed Population 16+17,589
Age of the Population38

Families

% of people married50.1%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher39.4%
Median Earnings25+$49,196
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$32,043
Median Earnings With High School Degree$35,612

Wealth

Median Family Income$104,831
% Above Poverty Level92.6%
% Below Poverty Level7.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time16 minutes
% Working from Home3.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work8.1%
% Using Public Transportation4%

Housing

People Living Alone25%
Median Gross Rent$1,184
Median House Value$329,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)40.9%
Irish11.6%
English9.8%
Norwegian4.3%
Swedish3.9%
Scottish2.8%
French Except Basque2.7%
Italian2.6%
Polish2.5%
Welsh1.6%
Dutch1.2%
Canadian1%
Russian0.9%
Greek0.8%
Danishn0.8%
Finnish0.7%
Ukrainian0.5%
Hungarian0.5%
Lithuanian0.4%
Swiss0.4%
Austrian0.3%
Czech0.3%
West Indian0.2%
African0.2%
Iranian0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Portuguese0.2%
Romanian0.2%
Arab0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Australian0.1%
Ghanaian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
New Zealand0.1%
German0.1%
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Juneau Almanac

CategoryValue
County Juneau City and Borough, City and Borough of Juneau
Standard Zip Codes99801, 99811, 99824
P.O. Box Zip Codes99802, 99803, 99850, 99821
Company Zip Codes99812
Phone Area Codes907
Time ZoneAmerica/Juneau
Approximate Latitude58.58
Approximate Longitude-134.77

Juneau Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationJUNEAU INTL AP
Distance6.6 miles
Jan Temp21 to 31 F
Apr Temp33 to 48 F
Jul Temp49 to 64 F
Oct Temp38 to 47 F
Annual Precip58.3 inches
StationAUKE BAY
Distance8.7 miles
Jan Temp22 to 31 F
Apr Temp34 to 50 F
Jul Temp50 to 66 F
Oct Temp38 to 47 F
Annual Precip64 inches
StationELFIN COVE
Distance83 miles
Jan Temp28 to 34 F
Apr Temp35 to 45 F
Jul Temp50 to 57 F
Oct Temp40 to 47 F
Annual Precip101 inches

Juneau Public Libraries

Juneau Public Libraries
292 MARINE WAY
Juneau, Alaska
(907) 586-0443

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Juneau Hospitals

Bartlett Regional Hospital
(Government - Federal)
3260 Hospital Drive
(907) 796-8900
Ethel Lund Medical Center (juneau) - Searhc
3245 Hospital Drive
(907) 463-4040

Juneau Public Schools

Floyd Dryden Middle School
3800 Mendenhall Loop Road
ZIP: 99801
Middle
Total Enrollment 513
Juneau Community Charter School
430 Fourth Street
ZIP: 99801
Primary
Total Enrollment 100
Gastineau Elementary
1507 3rd Street
ZIP: 99801
Primary
Total Enrollment 314
Harborview Elementary
1255 Glacier Avenue
ZIP: 99801
Primary
Total Enrollment 496
Mendenhall River Community School
9001 Mendenhall Loop Road
ZIP: 99801
Primary
Total Enrollment 352
Yaakoosge Daakahidi Alternative High School
1415 Glacier Ave.
ZIP: 99801
High
Total Enrollment 120
Riverbend Elementary
2901 Riverside Drive
ZIP: 99801
Primary
Total Enrollment 278
Homebridge
1208 Glacier Ave
ZIP: 99801
Other
Total Enrollment 56
Glacier Valley Elementary
3400 Tongass Blvd
ZIP: 99801
Primary
Total Enrollment 394
Juneau-douglas High School
1639 Glacier Avenue
ZIP: 99801
High
Total Enrollment 653
Johnson Youth Center
3252 Hospital Drive
ZIP: 99801
Other
Total Enrollment 8
Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School
1600 Renninger Street
ZIP: 99801
Middle
Total Enrollment 490
Thunder Mountain High School
3101 Riverside Drive
ZIP: 99801
High
Total Enrollment 676
Auke Bay Elementary
11880 Glacier Hwy
ZIP: 99801
Primary
Total Enrollment 355

Juneau Private Schools

Juneau Sda Christian School
4890 Glacier Hwy
ZIP: 99801
Elementary
Total Enrollment 8
Faith Community School
11970 Glacier Hwy
ZIP: 99801
Elementary
Total Enrollment 56
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