Juneau, Alaska

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  • Alaska became a state January 3, 1959, the 49th state admitted to the Union.
  • Juneau became state capital: 1959
  • Settled: 1825
  • Name Origin: Named for gold prospector Joe Juneau

Juneau was established as Alaska’s district capital in 1906 when the government was transferred from Sitka and remained capital with statehood in 1959. Today, federal, state and local government employ one out of every two Juneau workers. Tourism is the largest private employer. Commercial fishing is present and mining continues to play a role.

Considered by many the most beautiful capital city in the US, Juneau has something for everyone: spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife, great shopping, a myriad of outdoor activities, fascinating gold rush history, and warm friendly residents. Glaciers in backyards, Russian architecture, tour boats, 40 miles of paved road.

On the Gastineau Channel, get there by boat or plane; see Mt Roberts Tramway, Mendenhall Glacier, Glacier Bay National Park.

Key Words: Glacier, Mountains, Russian, Cruise, channel, frontier

Things To Love About Juneau

The awesomeness of scenery, the houses perched on mountainsides, the warm and true embrace of people there, the cruise-ship madness now and then. The ravens and the eagles and the bears.

Blogs To Read About Juneau

The ABC’s Of Juneau  http://capitalcitiesusa.org/?p=2558#more-2558

To The Max  http://capitalcitiesusa.org/?p=2576

Raven And Eagle  http://capitalcitiesusa.org/?p=2601

The Kindness Of Strangers  http://capitalcitiesusa.org/?p=2618

Not Alice’s Wonderland  http://capitalcitiesusa.org/?p=2635

Dog Day Afternoon  http://capitalcitiesusa.org/?p=4895

Fish Are Jumping  http://capitalcitiesusa.org/?p=3459

The Check’s In The Mail  http://capitalcitiesusa.org/?p=3912

Big Gulp  http://capitalcitiesusa.org/?p=4606

Ends Of The Road  http://capitalcitiesusa.org/?p=5007

Ike And The 49th Star  http://capitalcitiesusa.org/?p=5308

Highs And Lows  http://capitalcitiesusa.org/?p=5413

Capital City Basics

  • Population: 31, 275, 45th largest in population of the 50 capital cities
  • Population density: 12 persons per square mile
  • Land area of city: 2,702 square miles
  • Elevation: 56 feet, 44th highest in elevation of the 50 capital cities
  • Normal high/low temps: January 33/24, July 64/50. Annual rainfall: 62 inches
  • Time Zone: Alaska
  • Water near: Gastineau Channel
  • Mountains near: Boundary Range. Mount Juneau in downtown Juneau is 3,576 feet in elevation. Mount McKinley, in the south central part of the state, is the highest point in Alaska, and the highest point in North America, at 20,237 feet.
  • Miles to three nearest State Capitals (Air): Olympia, WA 914; Salem, OR 1,042; Boise, ID 1,280
  • Miles to National Capitol in Washington, DC (Air) 4,564

Population Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 31,275              Population
  • 23.5%              Under 18
  • 8.4%                Over 65
  • 6.1%                 Asian
  • 0.9%                Black
  • 5.1%                 Hispanic/Latino
  • 11.8%               Native Alaskan or American Indian
  • 0.7%                Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 67.4%             White

Education Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 10.2%              English Not Spoken at Home
  • 95.9%              High School Graduate
  • 36.4%              Bachelor’s Degree or Higher

Economic Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 6.3%                Below Poverty Level
  • $37,294          Per Capita Income
  • $77,465          Median Household Income
  • $299,100        Median Value of Home
  • 64.5%              Home Ownership

City: http://www.juneau.org/

Visitors: http://www.traveljuneau.com/