Juneau is the state capital for Alaska, the state nicknamed The Last Frontier, and is America’s 6th-least populated state capital city. Named after Canadian gold prospector and miner Joseph Juneau, Juneau is the largest capital city by land area and is also the sole American capital city that is unreachable by road.
Historically, Juneau’s temperatures fluctuate dramatically during the year, down to a record cold of -22° Fahrenheit (-30° Celsius) on February 2, 1968 contrasted with the hottest day of 90° Fahrenheit (32.2° Celsius) on July 7, 1975.
The biggest employers in Juneau include Hecla Greens Creek Mining Company, disability support agency REACH Incorporated, Fred Meyer Stores, Southeast Alaska Regional Health Company, Wal-Mart and Juneau Youth Services.
Alaska shipped U$4.347 billion worth of goods around the globe during 2016. Highest-value Alaskan exports are frozen fish, zinc, lead and refined petroleum oil according to United States Census Bureau data.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Juneau was 4.4% as of October 2016.
Capital Facts for Juneau, United States: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: AJ Mine Gastineau Mill, Alaska Governor’s Mansion, Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, The Capitol Building and Wickersham State Historic Site
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Juneau, United States:
- Hilary Lindh, Olympic skiing silver medalist (born May 10, 1969)
- Janet Gardner, rock singer & lead guitarist (born Mar. 17, 1962)
- Joshua Morrow, actor (born Feb. 8, 1974)
- Anna Graceman, folk music singer-songwriter (born Aug. 1, 1999)
- Douglas J. Eboch, writer, director & actor (born Dec. 10, 1967)
- Charles Melton, fashion model (born Jan. 4, 1991)
- Ken Pringle, actor & writer (born Mar. 11, 1977)
- Josh Opitz, movie producer (born Jan. 6, 1980)
- Albert Kookesh, Alaska Senate & House of Representatives member (born Nov. 24, 1948)
- Elton Engstrom Jr, lawyer, writer & politician (born Feb. 26, 1935)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches of published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Juneau resident: Juneauite
Population: 32,468 (City and Borough of Juneau)
Density: 12 people per square mile (5 per square kilometer)
Population: 741,894 (state of Alaska)
Density: 1.3 people per square mile (0.5 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$28.876 billion as of March 2015 (Anchorage, Alaska)
GDP per person: $71,896
Note: The above GDP metrics are on a current basis and are in U.S. dollars.
Official currency used in Juneau: U.S. dollars
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on June 27, 2017
Dilemma X, U.S. Census Bureau metropolitan population estimates July 1, 2016. Accessed on June 27, 2017
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State of Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Commissioner’s Office Press Release. Accessed on June 27, 2017
United States Census Bureau, Foreign Trade: State by 6-Digit HS Code and Top Countries. Accessed on June 27, 2017
United States Census Bureau, State Population Totals Tables: 2010-2016. Accessed on June 27, 2017
United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics: Seasonally Adjusted Metropolitan Area Estimates. Accessed on June 27, 2017
U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Gross Domestic Product by Metropolitan Area, 2015 (Tables Only). Accessed on June 27, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, Juneau city flag. Accessed on June 27, 2017
Wikipedia, Alaska. Accessed on June 27, 2017
Wikipedia, Juneau, Alaska. Accessed on June 27, 2017
Wikipedia, List of Metropolitan Statistical Areas. Accessed on June 27, 2017
Within its City and Borough limits, Juneau occupies 2,702 square miles (6,998.2 square kilometers). The state capital’s population was 32,468 Juneauites in 2016.
The state of Alaska has a land area of 571,936 square miles (1,481,307 square kilometers) with an overall population of 741,894 inhabitants.
At the city level, Juneau’s population density is 12 residents per square mile (5 per square kilometer).
Population density diminishes within Alaska state to an average 1.3 inhabitants per square mile (0.5 per square kilometer).
Juneauites celebrate Independence Day as a national holiday each July 4.