Juneau, AK
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Juneau is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Alaska. With a population of 32,756 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Juneau is the third largest community in Alaska.

Juneau home prices are not only among the most expensive in Alaska, but Juneau real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Juneau is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Juneau is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Juneau who work in office and administrative support (15.61%), management occupations (13.20%), and business and financial occupations (8.10%).

Also of interest is that Juneau has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Juneau is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 16.39 minutes getting to work every day.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Juneau is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Juneau area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The citizens of Juneau are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 37.76% of adults in Juneau have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Juneau in 2010 was $38,057, which is wealthy relative to Alaska and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $152,228 for a family of four. However, Juneau contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Juneau is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Juneau home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Juneau residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Important ancestries of people in Juneau include Irish, English, European, and Norwegian.

The most common language spoken in Juneau is English. Other important languages spoken here include Tagalog and Spanish.

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