Fun Facts About Juneau

pop. 32,000

  • 5 theater companies
  • 3 music festivals
  • 2 opera companies
  • 1 ballet company
  • 1 symphony
  • 1 student symphony
  • 1 student theater
  • 1 children?s choir
  • 75+ published authors
  • 2 independent bookstores and 3 used bookstores
  • The Alaska State Museum (Closed for construction)
  • The Juneau Douglas City Museum
  • Last Chance Mining Museum
  • University of Alaska SE
  • many chamber ensembles and bands
  • many dance groups
  • many many adult choirs and singing groups
  • and even more painters and fine artists.


Other Facts:

  • The economy in Juneau is based on state, local, and federal government, tourism, mining, and fishing. During an average summer, over 900,000 visitors experience Juneau’s spectacular beauty.
  • Juneau is only 45 miles from end to end, but has over 130 miles of hiking trails.
  • Juneau’s backyard is a 1,500 mile glacial ice field bordering Canada.
  • Juneau has over 280 species of birds, all five species of salmon, brown and black bears, and three species of whales.
  • Juneau is located on a narrow strip of land between sea level and 3800 feet peaks.
  • Juneau is Alaska’s 3rd largest city by population: Anchorage is first at around 300,000 (half the state?s population), Fairbanks is second.
  • The longest day here is June 21: the sun rises at 3:51 am and sets at 10:07 pm. The shortest day is December 21: the sun rises at 8:44 am and sets at 3:07 pm.
  • Aurora Borealis can be seen on clear evenings from August through April, usually above Mt. Juneau or over the Glacier.
  • Egan Drive was opened in 1975.
  • The Douglas Bridge, the only land access to the island, opened initially in the 30s and was replaced in 1981.
  • “Taku Winds”  occasionally blow over 100 miles per hour infrequently in the winter.


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