Juneau, Alaska Population 2020

31,435
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Juneau is a city located in Alaska. With a 2020 population of 31,435, it is the 2nd largest city in Alaska (after ) and the 1235th largest city in the United States. Juneau is currently declining at a rate of -1.07% annually but its population has increased by 0.51% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 31,275 in 2010. Juneau reached it's highest population of 32,601 in 2015. Spanning over 3255 miles, Juneau has a population density of 12 people per square mile.

The average household income in Juneau is $107,563 with a poverty rate of 7.91%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,226 per month, and the median house value is $344,000. The median age in Juneau is 38.1 years, 37.4 years for males, and 38.7 years for females. For every 100 females there are 104.5 males.

Juneau is a city located in the state of Alaska. It also serves as the capital of the state. Juneau is the second largest city in the U.S. by area, although the same can not be said of its population.

Juneau Population and Economy Statistics

State, city and federal governments are the primary employers for residents of Juneau. The University of Alaska Southeast is also a top employer. During the summer months, the tourism industry is also booming, with cruise ships bringing over 1 million tourists to the area from May through September.

Juneau Population Growth

Juneau’s population has traditionally grown slowly and steadily. The most significant growth occurred between 1970 and 1980 when the population increased from just over 6,000 to nearly 20,000. Further growth pushed the community to over 26,000 at the time of the census taken in 1990. Since then, growth has slowed significantly. Recent estimates show that the population has grown 3.8% since the last poll taken in 2010. It has been predicted that Juneau will continue to see slow but steady growth at least over the next few years.

Before the Europeans settled it, Juneau served as a fishing area for various tribes that lived in the area for thousands of years before it was officially settled. Descendants of these natives still live in the city today and have fought against the government to prevent the development over the area known as Indian Point.

The first recorded contact by Europeans occurred in 1794, although it is believed that Europeans had explored the area before this time. However, Juneau was settled upon its discovery.

Only after the gold rush in the state of California did more people begin exploring the West in search of more gold. In 1880, two men marked a townsite and a mining camp was established after gold was discovered at the head of Gold Creek. The camp quickly became a village as more miners can to the area, although no permanent buildings were developed yet. By the next year, the population totaled more than 100 people and in the same year, the settlement was named Juneau.

In 1906, whaling and fur trade declines led to the government to move the capital from Sitka to Juneau. It was the largest city at the time. In 1911, the capitol building was authorized to be built. However, there were significant delays and construction did not begin until 1929 and was finished two years later.

Throughout the 20th century, efforts were made to move the capital to first Fairbanks and then later Willow. However, neither of these efforts were fruitful, and the city of Juneau has remained the capital ever since.

The population of the city grew in the late 1950s when Alaska was designated as a U.S. state. In the 1970s, the development of the Alaska Pipeline led to further population and economic growth, which slowed down in the next decade.

Today, the city is a major tourism spot, with millions of people coming each year on cruise ships. The tourism industry, along with government jobs, fuels the economy. The city hosts many cultural festivals and events each year, highlighting the works of residents. The city also features nightspots, restaurants, landmarks, and other attractions for residents and tourists.

Juneau Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Juneau was:

  • White: 68.61%
  • Native American: 10.92%
  • Two or more races: 10.03%
  • Asian: 7.16%
  • Other race: 1.28%
  • Black or African American: 1.01%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.99%
The current population of Juneau, Alaska is 31,435, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 32,113.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 31,275.

Juneau, Alaska Population 2020

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202032,217520.16%
201932,165520.16%
201832,113520.16%
201732,061-339-1.06%
201632,400-201-0.62%
201532,6011250.38%
201432,476-111-0.34%
201332,5872090.64%
201232,3782260.70%
201132,1527662.38%
201031,3860.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White22,18268.61%
American Indian and Alaska Native3,53210.92%
Two or More Races3,24210.03%
Asian2,3147.16%
Some Other Race4151.28%
Black or African American3251.01%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander3200.99%
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Juneau Population Pyramid 2020

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Juneau Median Age

38.1


Total

37.4


Male

38.7


Female

Juneau Adults

There are 25,348 adults, (3,877 of whom are seniors) in Juneau.

Juneau Age Dependency

50.6

Age Dependency Ratio

18.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

32.5

Child Dependency Ratio

Juneau Sex Ratio

Female

15,813

48.91%

Male

16,517

51.09%

Juneau Households and Families

Juneau Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Juneau Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married80.4%19.6%
All64%36%
Female58.6%41.4%
Male49.3%50.7%
Non Family46.5%53.5%

64.0%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All12,5212.5364
Married6,0413.2480.4
Non Family4,9111.446.5
Female1,0583.5258.6
Male5112.9349.3

3.14

Average Family Size

2.53

Average Household Size

6.7%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.6%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

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Juneau Education

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2491.11%
9th to 12th Grade6292.80%
High School Graduate4,58420.39%
Some College6,58629.30%
Associates Degree1,5526.90%
Bachelors Degree5,73525.51%
Graduate Degree3,14413.99%
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Juneau Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
White15,79315,4647,426
Native American2,3022,080345
Asian1,5691,369420
Multiple Races1,3621,316356
Hispanic1,2431,178375
Other Race31331387
Black25625145
Islander1831395

The highest rate of high school graduation is among other race people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 47.02%.

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$50,830$55,688$45,069
Less Than High School$27,139$27,407$
High School Grad$36,481$38,852$30,913
Some College$46,952$52,839$41,170
Bachelors Degree$56,031$68,523$49,175
Graduate Degree$76,786$90,647$70,772

$50,830

Average Earnings

$55,688

Average Male

$45,069

Average Female

Juneau Language

Juneau Language by Age

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Juneau Language

87.15% of Juneau residents speak only English, while 12.85% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Asian and Pacific Island languages, which is spoken by 5.65% of the population.

Juneau Poverty

Juneau Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White20,8419554.58%
Native3,35575122.38%
Multiple3,13449115.67%
Hispanic2,05424712.03%
Asian2,311773.33%
Black3117624.44%
Islander3157122.54%

7.91%

Overall Poverty Rate

8.37%

Male Poverty Rate

7.43%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Juneau

The race most likely to be in poverty in Juneau is Black, with 24.44% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Juneau is Asian, with 3.33% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.16%. Among those working part-time, it was 9.49%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 15.82%.

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School25.12%
High School14.83%
Some College4.19%
Bachelors or Greater1.50%
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Name Poverty
Male Unemployed27.80%
Female Unemployed13.03%
Male Employed4.39%
Female Employed3.51%

Juneau Income

Juneau Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$88,213$107,563
Families$111,886$119,448
Married Families$120,805-
Non Families$60,214$83,387
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Juneau Marital Status

Juneau Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

49.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

52.1%

Male Marriage Rate

47.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Juneau Married by Age and Sex

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Juneau Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Juneau Marital Status by Race

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Juneau Veterans

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2,414

Number of Veterans

2,138

Male Veterans

276

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam813
First Gulf War705
Second Gulf War648
Korea83
World War II43
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Age Group Veterans
35 to 54795
65 to 74661
55 to 64486
75+289
18 to 34183
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Name Veterans % of Total
White2,06911.52%
Indian1856.89%
Hispanic856.53%
2 or More553.12%
Asian472.61%
Black3210.56%
Hawaiian144.78%
Other125.04%

Juneau Veterans by Education

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4.48%

Veteran Poverty Rate

24.47%

Veteran Disability Rate

Juneau Employment Status

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72.4%

Labor Force Participation

67.1%

Employment Rate

5.8%

Unemployment Rate

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Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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38.72%

Born in Alaska

91.08%

Native Born

8.92%

Foreign Born

3.88%

Non Citizen

5.04%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

91.08% of Juneau residents were born in the United States, with 38.72% having been born in Alaska. 3.88% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202031,435-339-1.07%
201931,774-339-1.06%
201832,113520.16%
201732,061-339-1.05%
201632,400-201-0.62%
201532,6011250.38%
201432,476-111-0.34%
201332,5872090.65%
201232,3782260.70%
201132,1527662.44%
201031,3866750.22%
200030,7113,9601.39%
199026,7517,2233.20%
198019,52813,47812.43%
19706,050-747-1.16%
19606,7979791.57%
19505,818890.15%
19405,7291,6863.55%
19304,0439852.83%
19203,0581,7584.37%
19001,3000.00%