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Alaska Facts & Stats

AK was purchased
from Russia in 1867

AK became a state
on January 3, 1959

Origin of the name "Alaska"
Russian version of the
Aleutian word "Alakshak",
which means "great lands",
or "land that is not an island".

Alaska Population
approximately 550,000

Alaska Size
586,400 sq miles
33,000 miles of coast
Twice the size of Texas

State Capital
Juneau

State Nicknames
"The Last Frontier"
"Great Land"

State Motto
North to the Future

State Song
"Alaska's Flag"
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State Bird
Alaska Willow Ptarmigan

State Flower
Forget-me-not

State Tree
Sitka spruce

State Fish
King salmon

State Insect
Four spot skimmer dragonfly

State Marine Mammal
Bowhead whale

State Gem
Jade

State Mineral
Gold

State Sport
Dog mushing

Records & Facts
Low Temp -78° F
High Temp +100° F
Highest Tide +38 feet
Tallest Mtn - Denali 20,320 ft
Longest daylight 24 hours
Longest night 24 hours
Over 3 million lakes
29 volcanos

AK has the northernmost,
easternmost, and
westernmost points in
the United States



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