Juneau, Alaska Population 2023

32,549

Juneau is a city located in Juneau County Alaska. With a 2023 population of 32,549, it is the 3rd largest city in Alaska and the 1410th largest city in the United States.Juneau is currently growing at a rate of 0.3% annually and its population has increased by 0.91% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 32,255 in 2020. Spanning over 3255 miles, Juneau has a population density of 12 people per square mile.

The average household income in Juneau is $107,328 with a poverty rate of 8.32%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Juneau is 38.5 years, 37.4 years for males, and 39 years for females.

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: 66.36%
  • Two or more races: 13.35%
  • Native American: 10.07%
  • Asian: 6.81%
  • Other race: 1.38%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 1.16%
  • Black or African American: 0.87%
The current population of Juneau, Alaska is 32,549 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 32,255.

Juneau, Alaska Population 2023

Population by Race

White

Two or more races

Native American

Asian

Other race

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Black or African American

Juneau Population by Race

Juneau Population Pyramid 2023

Juneau Median Age

38.5

Total

37.4

Male

39

Female

Juneau Adults

There are 25,244 adults, (4,376 of whom are seniors) in Juneau.

Juneau Age Dependency

53.8

Age Dependency Ratio

21

Old Age Dependency Ratio

32.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Juneau Sex Ratio

Female15,62548.68%
Male16,47451.32%

Juneau Population by Age

Juneau Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

3.14

Average Family Size

2.45

Average Household Size

64.6%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Juneau Households and Families

Male

Female

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Juneau Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Juneau Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

The highest rate of high school graduation is among other race people with a rate of 98.7%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 41.56%.

Juneau Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

$51,311

Average Earnings

$55,815

Average Male

$47,822

Average Female

Juneau Earnings by Educational Attainment

Juneau Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Juneau Language

87.68% of Juneau residents speak only English, while 12.32% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Asian and Pacific Island languages, which is spoken by 6.23% of the population.

Juneau Language

Juneau Poverty by Race

rate

8.32%

Overall Poverty Rate

6.99%

Male Poverty Rate

6.9%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Juneau

The race most likely to be in poverty in Juneau is Hispanic, with 27.19% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Juneau is Black, with 4.4% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.88%. Among those working part-time, it was 9.8%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 10.5%.

Juneau Poverty

Juneau Poverty Rate by Education

Juneau Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Juneau Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Juneau Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

48.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

49.6%

Male Marriage Rate

48.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Juneau Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Juneau Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Juneau Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Juneau Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

2,099

Number of Veterans

1,910

Male Veterans

189

Female Veterans

Juneau Veterans by War

Juneau Veterans by Age

count

Juneau Veterans by Race

Juneau Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

5.47%

Veteran Poverty Rate

25.52%

Veteran Disability Rate

Juneau Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

67.8%

Labor Force Participation

63%

Employment Rate

4.4%

Unemployment Rate

Juneau Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Juneau Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Juneau Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

39.49%

Born in Juneau

91.15%

Native Born

8.37%

Foreign Born

3%

Non Citizen

5.37%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

91.15% of Juneau residents were born in the United States, with 39.49% having been born in Alaska. 3% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Juneau Place of Birth

Note: data after 2020 is projected based on recent growth

Juneau Population by Year