Juneau, Alaska - Facts & Figures
Juneau is rather unusual among U.S. capitals (except Honolulu, Hawaii) in that there are no roads connecting the city to the rest of Alaska or to the rest of North America (although ferry service is available for cars). The absence of a road network is due to the extremely rugged terrain surrounding the city. This in turn makes Juneau a de facto island city in terms of transportation, since all goods coming in and out must go by plane or boat, in spite of the city being located on the Alaskan mainland. Downtown Juneau sits at sea level, with tides averaging 16 feet below steep mountains about 3,500 feet to 4,000 feet high. Atop these mountains is the Juneau Icefield, a large ice mass from which about 30 glaciers flow; two of these, the Mendenhall Glacier and the Lemon Creek Glacier, are visible from the local road system. The Mendenhall glacier has been gradually retreating; its front face is declining both in width and height.
- Population: 32,468
- Industries: Tourism, Commercial Fishing and Fish Processing, Transportation and Trading,
- Area Codes: 907
- ZIP Codes: 99801-99803,99811-99812,99821,99824
- Surrounding Cities: Anchorage, AK , Vancouver, CAN , Burnaby, CAN , Surrey, CAN , Victoria, CAN