You can take a plane or a boat, but you can’t drive to Juneau
Juneau is the only American capital that you can’t reach by the roads. Anyone moving to or from the city must do so by ferry or plane. Once you’re there, however, get ready for a unique living experience, one that seamlessly integrates the ease of city living into a world of natural splendor.
It is, of course, the seat of Alaska’s state government, making the government the city’s #1 employer. And it’s in downtown Juneau where you’ll find many of the state offices where the locals work, as well as the hotels, restaurants, art galleries, and tourist shops that further support the local economy.
And while it’s true that when you say “Alaska” to anyone in the lower 48 they think “cold,” Juneau is different. While no one will mistake its climate for Hawaii’s, winter temperatures rarely get below the 20s (far warmer than, say, Minnesota or even upstate New York) and its summers are temperate as well, with highs usually in the upper 60s.
No matter when you move to Juneau, chances are good it’ll be a nice time temperature-wise. Chances are also good it will be raining as Juneau averages 71 inches of rain annually (compared with the US average of 38 inches).
But whether it’s warm or cold, rainy or not, Juneau is a true jewel in its combination of natural wonder and contemporary comforts. If you’re looking to live in a big city that offers a small town feel, you can’t do better than moving to Juneau.
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