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 32,113 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 (14.42%), management occupations (12.75%), and business and financial occupations (7.41%).

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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

One of the benefits of Juneau is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 17.32 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

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.

Juneau is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 40.27% of adults in Juneau have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Juneau in 2010 was $41,904, which is wealthy relative to Alaska and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $167,616 for a family of four. However, Juneau contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Juneau is an extremely 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 German, 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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