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      Living in Juneau, AK

      Juneau, Alaska is a moderately-sized city with a population of 32,524 people. Juneau has a population density of 12 people per square mile. This would be considered about average when compared to the national population density level. According to the most recent Census, 69% of Juneau residents are White, 12% American Indian and Alaskan and 7% Asian. Juneau has a high percentage of people who are married with children when compared to the rest of the country. In total, more than 77% of the population is classified as married and 60% have kids.

      If you’re considering relocating to any new city, it could be a very daunting task. However, it could also be a fulfilling experience if you are willing to get to know the area before actually living in Juneau, Alaska. When searching for a new neighborhood, several key items should be considered. Safety is of utmost importance, ensuring a secure environment with low crime. Proximity to your workplace or school helps reduce commuting time and offers convenience. Access to amenities such as parks, grocery stores, and healthcare facilities enhances your daily life. Public transportation options contribute to easy mobility. A sense of community fosters a supportive and engaging environment. Lastly, the overall atmosphere should align with your desired lifestyle, ensuring a fulfilling living experience. Considering these items will guide you towards finding the perfect neighborhood that fits all your needs. Finding the best places to live in Juneau and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes crime, commute, education and other important metrics.

      With a livability score of 81/100, Juneau is ranked #1,163 in the United States and #3 in Alaska. Compared to the national average, Juneau ranks among some of the best places to live in the country! The cherry on top is that Juneau also ranks in the top 10 percent of all cities. There are seven total categories that create the livability score. Juneau ranks well for amenities (A-), education (B+) and housing (A+). There is at least one category that does not have great scores in Juneau. The following was graded with a discouraging score: crime (F) and cost of living (F).

      Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, shops, etc., Juneau has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: Mendenhall Glacier, Harv and Marv's Outback Alaska, and Mount Roberts Tramway.

      Finding affordable real estate and apartments for rent in Juneau can be tricky. Having said that, this area might be the place to get the best of both worlds. Based on factors like home/rental affordability and appreciation rates, this area has received an above average score in the housing category. A healthy real estate market can lead to wealth appreciation for property owners, as rising property values can contribute to homeowners' equity, financial stability and the ability to build long-term wealth.

      Assuming that Juneau meets all of your requirements like low crime rates, good schools and great local amenities, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Juneau. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Juneau are simply unattainable. The median home price for Juneau homes is $329,500, which is 28.2% higher than the Alaska average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Juneau, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 3.8, which is 8.6% higher than the Alaska average.

      Juneau transportation information

      Statistic Juneau Alaska National
      Average one way commute16min19min26min
      Workers who drive to work69.6%68.1%76.4%
      Workers who carpool14.0%12.5%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit4.0%1.5%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle1.2%1.0%0.6%
      Workers who walk6.9%7.9%2.8%
      Working from home3.1%4.6%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Juneau, AK data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).