Visitor Information

Visitor Information

The most complete Juneau travel information is available from:
The Juneau Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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Fast Facts About Juneau

Population

The current population of Juneau is 32,739 (State of Alaska 2016).

Type of Government
The City and Borough of Juneau is a home-rule municipality under the Constitution of the State of Alaska. It has a Council/Manager form of government. The Borough Assembly is composed of the Mayor and eight Assembly members.

Economy

The Juneau economy is based on State, local, and Federal government, tourism, mining, fishing, and logging. For more complete information see:

Size and Location

Located in the Panhandle of Southeast Alaska, 900 air miles north of Seattle and 600 air miles south of Anchorage. 58 18 N Latitude, 134 24 W Longitude

  • Area: 2, 593.6 square miles of land and 487.6 square miles of water.
  • Maps of Juneau

Brief History

  • Home to Tlingit Indian tribes.
  • 1880 — Gold discovered by Chief Kowee, Richard Harris, and Joe Juneau.
  • 1881 — Town is named “Juneau City”.
  • 1900 — Becomes capital of the Alaska Territory.
  • 1959 — Statehood. Juneau becomes capital of the State of Alaska.
  • 1970 — Unification with the City of Douglas and surrounding areas into the City & Borough of Juneau.
  • Read more about Juneau history
  • Gallery of Historic Photos of Juneau

Climate & Day Length

Juneau has a mild, maritime climate. The mean annual temperature is 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Winter temperatures seldom drop below 20 degrees Fahrenheit and summer temperatures seldom exceed 65 degrees. Abundant rainfall contributes to the growth of very large Sitka spruce and Western hemlock in the coastal forests and to abundant fish populations in local waters. Snowfall is heavy in most winters, averaging 101 inches. Statistically, June is the month with the least rainfall.

Juneau does not have the “midnight sun” experienced further north in Alaska, but day length is much longer in the summer and much shorter in the winter than in the “Lower 48” states. Long twilight makes the effective day length longer in summer and shorter in winter than the times shown in the table below.

Winter Solstice SunriseSunsetHours of Daylight
December 21 or 229:46 a.m.4:07 p.m.6 hrs. 21 minutes
Summer SolsticeSunriseSunsetHours of Daylight
June 20 or 213:51 a.m.10:09 p.m.18 hrs. 18 minutes