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Juneau, Alaska’s remote capital, sits in the state’s panhandle, at the base of 3,819-ft. Mount Roberts. It’s a popular cruise-ship stop, reachable only by boat or seaplane. A tram carries visitors 1,800 feet up Mount Roberts to an alpine area with hiking trails, wildflowers and views of Gastineau Channel. This is also the site of the Juneau Raptor Center, dedicated to local birds.

Juneau, Alaska’s remote capital, sits in the state’s panhandle, at the base of 3,819-ft. Mount Roberts. It’s a popular cruise-ship stop, reachable only by boat or seaplane. A tram carries visitors 1,800 feet up Mount Roberts to an alpine area with hiking trails, wildflowers and views of Gastineau Channel. This is also the site of the Juneau Raptor Center, dedicated to local birds.

Below is a snapshot of the cost of living in Juneau.

  • Average Lunch: $10.00 (not including tip & tax)
  • Cable TV Subscription: $50.00+ up./Month
  • Electricity:
    Residential:  $0.1240 (Nov-May), $0.1020 (Jun-Oct)/ Per KWH + $9.22 monthly flat rate
    Business:  $0.1202 (Nov-May), $0.0956 (Jun-Oct)/ Per KWH + $19.53 flat rate customer charge
  • Fuel:
    Gasoline: $3.28/Gal.
    Diesel: $2.85/Gal.
  • Home Heating Oil: $2.75/Gal.
  • Grocery: Allow $300.00 per month/per adult
  • Ladies Hairstyle: $35.00
  • Men’s Haircut: $18.00
  • Medical Clinic Office Call: $90.00 – $130.00
  • Propane: $3.35/Gal. Delivered
  • Taxes: 5.0% Sales Tax on all purchases (including food)
  • Telephone: $19.99/Mo. Base Residential Rate
  • Trash Collection: $46.47/Mo. Base Residential Rate (1 can)
  • Water/Sewer: $130.00/Month Residential Rate

What to See and Do

Juneau, population 32,000, is the capitol city of Alaska. Thanks to its beautiful scenery and countless outdoor activities, Juneau is a popular tourist destination, with cruises bringing up to 6,000 tourists per day during the summer. Getting there is a bit tricky since the city is surrounded by rugged mountain terrain and water, with no roads linking it to the rest of Alaska. However, a short flight from Seattle or scenic ferry ride from Haines will easily connect you to downtown Juneau.

Juneau’s second largest industry is tourism, and it easy to see why. Juneau is rich with history, culture, natural beauty, bustling food scene, and wildlife. You can walk the Downtown Historic District, or take a short drive to the majestic Mendenhall Glacier. Endless ideas for outdoor activities include kayaking, whale-watching, hiking, fishing, camping, wildlife viewing, or mountain biking: all within minutes of downtown.

Eating and Drinking

Juneau has no shortage of great places to eat, drink, and shop. Thanks to the abundant waters that surround the city, fresh, local seafood is in abundance. Juneau is also home to award-winning brewery, Alaskan Brewing Company, as well as a budding coffee scene with two local roasteries.

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Where to Live

Rentals range from $1,000 to $1,500 per month for a one-bedroom apartment. Median house or condominium value is $335,922, an average of $221 per square foot.

How to Get Around

There are no roads connecting Juneau to the rest of Alaska. Due to the lack of roads in and out, Juneau has a number of options for getting in and out, including commercial airlines, ferries, and seaplanes.

Air:

Juneau International Airport is 10 minutes from downtown Juneau, and is a hub for Alaska Airlines. There is year-round service to Anchorage (1.5 hour flight) and Seattle (2.5 hour flight). There are also regional airlines that can take passengers from Juneau to other Southeast Alaska destinations, as well as Seattle, British Columbia, and Anchorage. Seaplanes are a third popular option for travel between islands.

Road:

There are no roads from mainland Alaska or the lower 48 states to Juneau. The Alaska-Canadian Highway (ALCAN) connects Alaska, Canada, and the lower 48 states. ALCAN connects to many ferry ports in British Columbia and Southeast Alaska to take passengers the remainder of the way to Juneau.

Water:

Cruises are the most popular way to get to Juneau, and run year-round, but are slow and more for sightseeing than quick transportation. The Alaska Marine Highway System offers daily, year-round ferry service to and from Juneau to over 30 coastal communities in Southeast Alaska. Ferries can also accommodate cars, so are a popular option for getting from Juneau to highways that connect to Canada and the lower 48 United States.