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From world class museums, stunning glaciers, beautiful tourist spots to a variety of outdoor activities and cultural attractions, Juneau is the place to be this year. Discover the capital city of Alaska and explore its eye-catching beauty. Did you know that Juneau is the only state capital in the country that has no road connectivity? Find out more such interesting facts about Juneau over here:

Mount Roberts Tramway
By Mfwills (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Fun Facts About Juneau

Juneau Demographic and Geographical Fast Facts

  • Spread over 3,255 square miles, Juneau is the second largest city in the county by area.
  • With a population of 32,167, Juneau is also the second most populous city in the state of Alaska, after Anchorage.
  • Juneau is also the only state capital in USA to share a border with a foreign country. It shares it with Canada on the east.
  • This city is a dwelling for several racial compositions including White (69.4%), Hispanic (5.1%), Non-Hispanic (67.4%), African American (0.9%), Native American (11.8%), Asians (6.1%), Pacific Islander (0.7%), Other Races (1.2%) and Two or more Races (9.5%).

Juneau History Fast Facts

  • Juneau was earlier named as Harrisburg, after Richard Harris, Joe Juneau’s partner.
  • Juneau was then named after Joe Juneau, when Joe started forming an alliance with the locals.
  • In the year 1916, the Alaska-Juneau goldmine was the largest goldmine in the world.

Juneau Government and Economy Fast Facts

  • Even today, the government is the largest employer in Juneau, including federal, state and municipal government.
  • Another important contributor to Juneau’s economy is the tourism industry, which is largely catered by cruise ships.
  • Juneau’s fisheries were ranked as the 49th most profitable fisheries port by volume in the country.
  • Wings of Alaska, a famous airline company, and Marine Exchange of Alaska have their headquarters in the city of Juneau.
  • The first gold discovery led to the foundation of Juneau town.

Juneau Interesting and Important Fast Facts

  • Even though Juneau is connected to the mainland, it is still the only state capital that has no road connectivity. However, one can reach the city by taking the ferry that transports the car.
  • Juneau is known for its midnight sun. 21ST June in the city is the longest day in the year and has 18 hours and 18 minutes of sunshine.
  • The city is known for its diverse and large wildlife. There are almost 300 species of black and brown bears and birds, and 5 species of salmon and whales.
  • Despite the easy inaccessibility, Juneau receives almost 100,000 independent travelers and 900,000 cruise ship passengers each year.
  • The Alaskan is the oldest operating hotel in the city and represents the iconic Queen Anne style.
  • The famous Mount Roberts Tramway is the most vertical tramways in the world and transports more than 1000 passengers per hour in just 6 minutes.
  • Juneau has one of the highest populations of bald eagles, almost 15,000 to 30,000 bald eagles.
  • Juneau International Airport is the hub of all air travel in Southeast Alaska and caters to almost 230 flights, regional and chartered, everyday.
  • Although Juneau is a part of Alaska, it receives a milder winter than any other city in the state due to its proximity to the Pacific Ocean.
  • Juneau is also home to the Perseverance Theater, the largest professional theater in the state of Alaska.
  • Juneau Empire is the only daily paper in the city and publishes paper only from Sunday to Friday and has no Saturday edition.
  • Mendenhall Glacier, one of the most beautiful glaciers in the country, is located just 12 miles from Downtown Juneau. It is 13 miles long and is supplied by Juneau Ice Field.
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