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Juneau, Alaska

The City and Borough of Juneau is a unified municipality located on the Gastineau Channel on the Alexander Archipelago in the U.S. state of Alaska, and is the state capital. The municipality unified in 1970 when the City of Juneau merged with the City of Douglas and the surrounding borough to form the current home rule municipality.

The city, Alaska's third-largest in terms of population (after Anchorage and Fairbanks), is nestled at the base of Mount Juneau and across the channel from Douglas Island. As of the 2000 census, the City and Borough had a population of 30,711. The U.S. Census Bureau's 2005 population estimate for the City and Borough was 30,987[1].

Juneau was named after gold prospector Joe Juneau. The Tlingit name of the town is Dzántik'i Héeni " river where the flounders gather", and Auke Bay just north of Juneau proper is called Aak'w "little lake" in Tlingit. The Taku River just south of Juneau was named after the cold t'aakh wind that blows down from the mountains, and is the source of some of Juneau's more unpleasant weather.

Geography and climate

Juneau is located at 58°21'5?N, 134°30'42?W (58.351422, -134.511579)GR1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 8,430.4 km sq (3,255.0 mi sq). 7,036.1 km sq (2,716.7 mi sq) of it is land and 1,394.3 km sq (538.3 mi sq) of it (16.54%) is water.

Average annual rainfall ranges from 55 inches to over 90 inches (1400 to over 2300 mm) depending on location.[2]; annual average snowfall is 101 inches (257 cm). The average high temperature in July is 65°F (18°C), and the average low temperature in January is 20°F (-4°C).

Adjacent boroughs and census areas

Haines Borough, Alaska - north
Skagway-Hoonah-Angoon Census Area, Alaska - south and west
Also shares an eastern border with British Columbia, Canada.
Stikine Region, British Columbia


The Alaska Legislature meets in the Alaska State Capitol (formerly the Territorial Building) in Juneau, which is the only mainland state capital in the US which cannot be accessed by road. Located in the Alaska Panhandle, it is not easily accessible from most of the rest of the state. The only way to reach Juneau is via sea or air; (cars and trucks being transported by barge or ferry). Currently the State of Alaska is considering a number of ways to improve transportation to and from Juneau, with a connecting road to Skagway being a main alternative. Local opinion on the matter is decidedly mixed, with some seeing the road as a needed link between Juneau and the rest of Alaska, and others having concerns about the environmental, social, and economic impacts a road would have.

On August 10, 2005, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities issued a press release announcing that the preferred addition to air travel and state ferries was a partial road and fast ferry combination — East Lynn Canal Highway to the Katzehin River with shuttles to Haines and Skagway. [4]

There are several glaciers near hiking trails (including the Mendenhall Glacier), one bridge to Douglas Island, and five main road termini. The Mount Roberts Tramway is an aerial tramway constructed with its base terminal on the cruise ship docks and its upper terminal on the southwestern ridge of Mount Roberts. Scheduled airline service is provided at Juneau International Airport. Seaplanes also offer regular service to most other Southeast Alaska communities, and Juneau is a central port for the Alaska Marine Highway and the port of registry for some of its ships.

Juneau is a major cruise ship destination with approximately 900,000 visitors arriving by cruise ship each summer.


Two districts have been defined by the Assembly of the City and Borough of Juneau:

District 1 precinct
Downtown Juneau
Salmon Creek
Lemon Creek
Switzer Creek
Juneau International Airport
Douglas Island

District 2 precincts
Mendenhall Valley
Auke Bay
Fritz Cove
Lynn Canal

People and culture


Juneau is home to Perseverance Theatre, Alaska's only professional theater. Juneau hosts the annual Alaska Folk Festival and Juneau Jazz & Classics music festivals, and the local Juneau Symphony performs regularly. Downtown Juneau boasts dozens of art galleries, which participate in the monthly First Friday Gallery Walk.

The Juneau Lyric Opera and Opera to Go are Juneau's two opera companies. JLO produces fully-staged operas in English and Italian, and sponsors two annual choral workshop festivals, as well as the touring group the 3 Tenors from Juneau.

Famous Juneau artists include violinists Linda and Paul Rosenthal, Sopranos Kathleen Wayne and Joyce Parry Moore, Bass John d'Armand, Baritones Philippe Damerval and David Miller, Tenors Jay Query, Brett Crawford and Dan Wayne, indie rocker Rory Merritt Stitt, folk musician and renaissance man Buddy Tabor, playwright Bo and painters David Woodie and Barbara Craver.


Juneau's only daily newspaper is the Juneau Empire; however, the regional weekly newspaper Capital City Weekly is also based out of Juneau.

Juneau is also served by television and radio. Juneau's major television affiliates are KTOO (PBS), KATH-LP (NBC/UPN) and KJUD (ABC)-(KIMO retransmission).

Leading radio stations include AM Stations KJNO 630 and KINY 800. FM Stations include public radio station KTOO 104.3, the adult contemporary franchises KFMG "Magic" 100.7 and KSRJ "Star" 102.7, country music station KTKU 105.1 ("Taku 105"), KSUP 106.3, and the freeform LPFM station KBJZ 94.1.

In addition, the offices of CoastAlaska, a regional public radio station consortium, are located in Juneau.


Public schools

The Juneau public school system is managed by the Juneau School District and includes some of the following schools:

Gastineau Elementary School
Harborview Elementary School
Riverbend Elementary School
Mendenhall River Elementary School
Glacier Valley Elementary School
Auke Bay Elementary School
Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School
Floyd Dryden Middle School
Juneau-Douglas High School
Yaa?oosgé Daakahídi Alternative High School

Colleges and universities

University of Alaska Southeast

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