Juneau has been the capital of Alaska since 1906. The area that it encompasses is greater than the state of Delaware or Rhode Island. Named after a gold prospector, Juneau is located in the state's panhandle and is only accessible by air or by sea, making entering the city an adventure in its own right. The city includes the tidal island west of the mainland, Douglas Island, and is the third largest municipality in the United States by area.
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Explore the wilderness! Wildlife and wilderness abound in Alaska's capital, where you have the opportunity to see some of nature's most fascinating creatures. The city borders four nationally protected areas: the Tongass National Forest, which is the largest national forest in the United States, the Kootznoowoo Wilderness with ancient forests that are home to thousands of bald eagles, Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness, and Admiralty Island National Monument.
Visit the Perseverance Theatre! Founded in 1979, this Alaskan Regional Theatre produces musicals and contemporary productions for the entire state. Recognized in 2002 by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, it was one of just seven theaters in the country to receive an endowment.
Affordable rent! With over 33% of Juneau residents living in rental homes, Juneau is the perfect location if you are not quite ready to buy a house. With the gross median rent at just above $1,000 per month, it has never been more affordable to live in a major city. The neighborhood of Douglas, near Sandy Beach of Douglas Island, is a popular spot to rent.
See the Mendenhall Glacier! Located only 13 miles from downtown Juneau, the Mendenhall Glacier is one of 38 major glaciers from the Juneau Icefield. Being so close to the heart of the city, driving to this amazing natural phenomenon is no problem. You can stop and admire the view or, if you are feeling adventurous, you can hike up the glacier for a more spectacular vantage point.
High ownership rates! With home ownership rates at 62%, buying a house and making it a home is popular in Juneau. More than 80% of those buying or renting homes in Juneau have stayed in their property for over a year which means high satisfaction and low turnover rates. The neighborhoods of Lemon Creek, City Center, and Mendenhaven have experienced the highest appreciation in the past year.
Ease of transportation! With an International Airport and the Alaska Marine Highway System, Juneau is no longer as isolated as it once was. The downtown area also has city bike lanes for those residents who prefer to bike in the beautiful Alaskan wilderness.
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