A bird's eye view would allow visitors to truly appreciate Juneau's geography, a narrow strip of land sandwiched between sea and mountains. The city sits at sea level, rises to 3,819 feet at Mount Roberts and plunges to 120 feet deep in Gastineau Channel. About 32,000 people live in Juneau, which is on the "Panhandle" of the state, known as Southeast Alaska. Juneau, accessible only by plane or boat, is about 900 air miles north of Seattle and about 600 air miles south of Anchorage.
Juneau is the third most populated city in Alaska and is supported primarily by state and federal jobs and by a thriving visitor industry. As Alaska's capital, Juneau is home to legislators and their staff January through May. Juneau has a Tlingit history with a strong historical influence from the early prospectors and boomtown that grew around gold mining operations.
Juneau has grown along both banks of the Gastineau Channel on Douglas Island and the mainland, filling the glacier-carved Lemon Creek and Mendenhall valleys. More than two-thirds of the population live in these areas. The largest capital in the United States (by land size), Juneau comprises 3,248 square miles.
Within our city limits
Total area of Juneau: 3,248 sq. miles
Juneau Icefield: 1,500 sq. miles
Water: 704 sq. miles
Wilderness rainforest: 1,352 sq. miles
Urban development: 264 sq. miles
Roads: Less than 200 miles
Hiking trails: More than 250 miles
Elevation: Sea level
Residents and visitors quickly learn to wear layered clothing. Summer days can reach the mid-80s and winter temperatures range from 25 to 35. Perched in a rain forest, Juneau averages 220 days of rain per year, with 90 inches of annual rainfall and melted snow downtown. Juneau's driest months are usually April, May and June; the wettest months are September and October. Juneau averages about 100 inches of snow, but nearby Eaglecrest Ski Area averages 200 to 300 inches of snow.Visitors
More than 900,000 cruise ship passengers visit Juneau each year. Another 75 - 100 thousand independent travelers come to town, with 75 percent flying in and 25 percent using the ferry.
Average Average Average Hours of
High temp Low temp Rainfall Daylight
Jan. 29 19 4.54" 7.15
Feb. 34 23 3.75" 9.4
Mar. 39 27 3.28" 11.77
Apr. 47 32 2.77" 14.40
May 55 39 3.42" 16.78
June 61 45 3.15" 18.25
July 64 48 4.16" 17.6
Aug. 63 47 5.32" 15.43
Sept. 56 43 6.73" 12.85
Oct. 47 37 7.84" 10.32
Nov. 37 27 4.91" 7.87
Dec. 32 23 4.44" 6.42
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