Juneau is the capital of Alaska, though Anchorage is the largest city in the state. There have been repeated attempts to move the state capital to Anchorage.
Juneau is called the Capital of Alaska, America’s largest capital (it is one quarter rural and has a low population density of 12 people per square mile), the New York of Alaska and the City of Best. It is called Dzánti K'ihéeni in Tlingit Juneau is named for the famous prospector Joe Juneau, though the city was called Rockwell when he arrived.
Juneau Alaska has a population of around 33,000 people. That number grows by 20% during the summer due to tourism. Juneau is the second largest city by population in the state, but Fairbanks has more people in the metropolitan area (city proper and surrounding suburbs).
The average age of Juneau was 38, whereas the average age for the entire state is 33.
Juneau has a land area of 2716 square miles. It is located right on the coast with large parts of the city just above sea level. Gastineau Channel runs through downtown. Juneau started as a mining town and is nestled below Mount Juneau. To the east of Juneau is the Canadian border. It is the only American state capital that borders another country.
Anchorage is 564 miles away. The nearest city with a million people is Los Angeles.
Juneau gets most of its precipitation in the fall, around September and October. It has very high humidity from 70% to 80%.
Juneau is near major glaciers like Mendenhall and Sawyer Glacier. Mendenhall is actually the tip of the entire Juneau Icefield that contains several glaciers.
Much of Alaska’s employment is tied to oil production, shipping, fishing, tourism and mineral extraction. Juneau Alaska is unusual in that it is primarily based on administrative services, education, government, construction and retail. Though founded as a mining town due to the gold found at Snow Slide Gulch, mining is not as important now.
Juneau was the administrative capital of Alaska when it was a territory and retained that position after statehood.
Tourism provides a number of jobs, since there are cruiselines that sail up the sea lanes and between islands. Whale watching (orcas and humpbacks) and sport fishing brings tourists.
Per capita income was almost $38,000 per year as of 2012. Median household income the same year was around $76,000, nine thousand dollars than the average for Alaska.
Housing in Juneau is over $50,000 per unit higher, on average, than that for the state.
Unlike much of Alaska, Juneau’s cost of living index is close to 100% of the mainland, because it is located along major sea lanes a short distance from Portland, Seattle and Vancouver.
The city primarily uses zip codes 99801 and 99824. It received the high numbers because the city is so far west.
Juneau is larger than the states of Rhode Island and Delaware by themselves.
No roads connect Juneau to the rest of the state or the continental United States; travel to other cities is by plane or boat.
Juneau is the second largest city by area in the United States.