Alaska (AK)

Quick Facts

Capital City:  Juneau

 

Abbreviation:  AK

 

Population (2019):  735,132; Rank: 47 of 50 | Population Quick Facts

 

Region: West

 

Admission to Statehood:  January 3, 1959 (49th State)

 

State Motto: North to the Future

 

Nickname: The Last Frontier

 

Origin of State Name: Based on an Aleut word alaxsxaq literally meaning “object toward which the action of the sea is directed” or more simply, “the mainland”

 

Area Codes: 907

 

Zip Codes: Alaska Zip Codes

State Symbols

State Bird:   Willow Ptarmigan 

 

State Flag:  Alaska Flag

 

Alaska adopted the flag for official state use in 1959. The blue field represents the sky, the sea, and mountain lakes, as well as Alaska’s wildflowers. Emblazoned on the flag are eight gold stars: seven from the constellation Ursa Major, or the Big Dipper. The eighth being the North Star, representing the northernmost state. 

 

State Flower: Alpine Forget Me Not

 

State Soil:  Tanana

 

State Song:  “Alaska’s Flag” Words by: Marie Drake Music by: Elinor Dusenbury

 

State Tree:   Sitka Spruce

 

State Quarter:  Alaska State Quarter

Grizzly bear with salmon (state fish) and North Star

Geography

alaska map

Area:

Area: 656,425 sq.mi (1,700,134 sq.km.),1st

Land: 570,374 sq.mi. (1,477,263 sq.km.), 1st

Water: 86,051 sq.mi. (222,871 sq.km.), 1st

Coastline: 6,640 mi. (10,686 km.), 1st

Shoreline: 33,904 mi. (54,563 km.), 1st

 

Largest Cities:   Anchorage|Juneau | Sitka | Ketchikan | Wasilla | Kenai | Kodiak | Palmer

 

Border States:   None

 

Highest Point:  Mt. McKinley ; 20,320 feet, (6,194 m) 1st tallest

 

Lowest Point:  Alaska; sea level, tied for 3rd lowest

 

Geographic Center:   60 miles northwest of Mount McKinley

 

National Parks:
Gates of the Arctic National Park
Katmai National Park and Preserve

 

Geographic Center: 60 miles northwest of Mount McKinley

 

Location: Absolute Center: 64°43.9’N / 152°28.2’W
Relative Center: 60 miles NW of Mt. McKinley

Distance Between U.S. Cities

State Government

Governor: Mike Dunleavy (2018) 

 

Senators: Lisa Murkowski (R)(2002)  and Dan Sullivan (R) (2015)

 

Representatives: Alaska House: Members. Alaska Senate: Members

 

Constitution: Alaska’s Constitution, 49th state

 

Electoral College Votes: 3 Votes

 

 

Economy

 

Agriculture: Seafood, nursery stock, dairy products, vegetables, livestock.


Industry: 
Petroleum and natural gas, gold and other mining, food processing, lumber and wood products, tourism.

Education