Living and Working in Juneau
We would like to welcome you to Juneau, Alaska's beautiful capital city.
The information below is designed to help you become familiar with our community and what Alaska's capital city has to offer you.
The City and Borough of Juneau is Alaska’s capital city. Juneau is home to 32,000 people and hosts approximately 1,000,000 visitors a year, primarily between May and September. The economy is driven by government, tourism, and natural resource industries including mining and fishing. In addition to being the seat of state government, Juneau is also home to the University of Alaska Southeast.
Juneau is a unique and highly-engaged community that offers a small-town feel with the sophistication of a larger community enjoying unparalleled access to wilderness recreation opportunities. We have a vibrant arts community that includes two opera companies, a professional theater company, a symphony, and a rich and varied population of visual artists and galleries. Recreation opportunities include hiking, boating, skiing, fishing and hunting. In addition, there are a variety of adult and youth sports leagues that support all levels of swimming, running, skiing, biking, rowing, and many other disciplines.
Juneau is located in the Southeastern panhandle of Alaska. It is 900 air miles north of Seattle and 600 air miles southeast of Anchorage. The community sits at sea level below steep mountains 3,500-4,000 feet in elevation. The area of the Borough of Juneau is almost as large as Rhode Island and Delaware combined; with a total area of 3,255 square miles, it is the third-largest municipality in the United States by area.
Juneau is accessible only by sea or air; cars and trucks are transported to and from Juneau by barge or ferry. Visitors and residents alike often travel the Alaska Marine Highway System which links the road system with geographically isolated communities in Alaska’s Southeast panhandle. In addition, Juneau International Airport is serviced by Alaska Airlines, which provides jet service multiple times daily to both northern and southern destinations.
Juneau features a cool temperate climate that is milder than its latitude may suggest, due to the influence of the Pacific Ocean. Winters are moist and long, but only slightly cold; temperatures drop to 20°F in January, and highs are frequently above freezing. Spring, summer, and fall are cool to mild, with highs peaking in July at 65 °F. Snowfall averages 84 inches and occurs chiefly from November to March. Northern latitudes are also subject to seasonal light fluctuations. There are 6 hours and 21 minutes of daylight on Winter Solstice and a generous 18 hours and 18 minutes on Summer Solstice.
We hope that you find the following websites helpful in your exploration of our wonderful community.