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Alaska Facts

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This page contains a wealth of information on the state of Alaska. Please click on the type of the fact that you are interested in:

Geography & Demographics

State Abbreviation AK
State Capital Juneau
State Size Total (Land + Water): 663,267 sq miles; Land Only: 571,951 sq miles
Number of Counties 27
Time Zone Alaska Time Zone, Hawaii-Aleutian Time Zone
Bordering States None
Highest Point Denali, 20,310 feet
National Parks Denali National Park and Preserve 
Gates of the Arctic National Park 
Glacier Bay National Park 
Katmai National Park and Preserve 
Kenai Fjords National Park 
Kobuk Valley National Park 
Lake Clark National Park 
Wrangell – St. Elias National Park and Preserve
State Population (2015) 738,432
State Population Density 1.3 people / square mile
Area Codes 907
Top 5 Cities (2010 population) Anchorage (291,826) 
Fairbanks (31,535) 
Juneau (31,275) 
Sitka (8,881) 
Ketchikan (8,050)

Government & Legislature

Statehood January 3, 1959
Electoral Votes 3
State Flag Alaska State Flag
Governor Official Alaska Governor Website
U. S. Senators List of U. S. Senators From Alaska
U. S. Representatives List of U. S. Representatives From Alaska
State Senators List of Alaska State Senators
State Representatives List of Alaska State Representatives
State Government Official Site
State Constitution Alaska State Constitution
Same-Sex Marriage Legalization Date October 17, 2014
Road Conditions Alaska Road Conditions
State Quarter Issue Date August 25, 2008

State Symbols

State Bird Willow ptarmigan
State Fish Giant king salmon
State Flower Forget Me Not
State Fossil Wooly mammoth
State Gem Jade
State Insect Four spot skimmer dragonfly
State Land Mammal Moose
State Marine Mammal Bowhead whale
Nickname The Last Frontier
State Mineral Gold
State Motto North to the future
State Sport Dog mushing
State Tree Sitka spruce

Sports Teams

Major Sports Teams None
NCAA Division I Schools None

Popular Tourist Attractions

Famous People Born In Alaska

Famous Actors And Actresses

  • Michelle Johnson
  • Annie Parisse
  • Darby Stanchfield

Alaska Fun Facts

  • The name "Alaska" was derived from the Aleut word "Alaxsxaq," which means "mainland," or literally, "object to which the action of the sea is directed."
  • Outsiders first discovered Alaska in 1741 when Danish explorer Vitus Jonassen Bering sighted it on a voyage from Siberia.
  • Alaska is the only state that does not collect state sales tax or levy an individual state income tax
  • Alaska is home to North America's highest peak, Denali (formerly known as Mount McKinley), at 20,320 feet.
  • The closest distance between mainland Alaska and mainland Russia is about 55 miles. In addition, the U.S.-owned Small Diomede and Russia-owned Big Diomede, both islands in the Bering Straits, are only about 2.5 miles apart.
  • Alaska has a longer coastline than all the other U.S. states combined. Alaska has 6,640 miles of coastline and, including islands, has 33,904 miles of shoreline.
  • Alaska has over 3 million lakes, of which 3,197 have an official name.
  • Alaska has over 130 volcanoes that have been active within the last two million years.
  • Juneau has no road access to the rest of the state. It is the only capital city in the United States accessible only by boat or plane.
  • Juneau is also the largest city in the United States, covering 3,108 square miles. Juneau is larger than the state of Rhode Island.
  • Nearly one-third of Alaska lies within the Arctic Circle.

This page was last updated on October 01, 2017.


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