Alaska state quick facts
    Alaska Facts
    State of Alaska
    Motto North to the Future
    Statehood January 3, 1959 (49th)
    Alaska day October 18
    Alaska Time Zone

    Alaska state quick facts

    Nickname The Last Frontier List
    Capital Juneau List
    Largest city Anchorage List
    State Holidays Seward's Day (Last Monday in March), Alaska Day (October 18)
    Motto North to the Future List
    Abbreviation AK List
    Population 750,000 (rank: 48) List
    Population density 1.3 per mile2 (rank: 50) List
    Life expectancy 78.3 (rank: 34) List
    Median age 33.3 years (rank: 2) List
    Area 663,268 mile2 (rank: 1) List
    Median household income $75,112 (rank: 2) List
    Statehood January 3, 1959 (49th state) List
    Mean elevation 1900 ft (580 m) List
    Highest point Denali 20,310 ft (6190 m) List
    Coastline 6,640 miles List
    International border 1,538 miles List
    Governor Bill Walker (I)

    top 20 Interesting Alaska facts


    Among the US states, Alaska has the longest international border. It shares 1,538 miles long border with Canada.
    The lowest temperature ever recorded on American soil, -80° F, was recorded in Prospect Creek, Alaska on Jan. 23, 1971
    During World War II, the Japanese occupied two Alaskan islands, Attu and Kiska, for 15 months. The only battle during World War II that was fought on American soil took place in 1943, on the Aleutian Islands.
    There are 107 men for every 100 women in Alaska, the highest male-to-female ratio in the United States.
    Aurora borealis (northern lights) can be seen an average of 243 days a year in Fairbanks, Alaska
    Alaska is the only state name that you can type on one row of a keyboard.
    Alaska is the most popular state for flying in the U.S. One of every 58 Alaskans is a registered pilot, and one out of 59 owns an airplane. Lake Hood in Anchorage is the largest and busiest seaplane base in the world, averaging 234 landings and take-offs per day
    Originally established as the Alexander Archipelago Forest Reserving 1901, Tongass National Forest covers almost the entire southeastern Alaska panhandle, making it the largest national forest in the United States
    Admiralty Island Monument, part of Tongass National Forest, has the greatest known concentration of bald eagles in the world, averaging more than one nest per mile of coastline in Seymour Canal—and one brown grizzly bear for every two eagles
    Alaska’s first newspaper, The Sitka Times, was published in 1860
    Every year, the North Pole, AK Post Office receives hundreds of thousands of letters to Santa Claus. It advertises its ZIP code, 99705, as Santa's ZIP code.
    Alaska's capital Juneau is the only U.S. state capital to share border with a foreign nation. It is bordered on the east by Canada.
    Alaska is the least densely populated state in the United States, with less than two people living per square mile.
    Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) is the busiest airport in Alaska.
    Alaska has more inland water than any other state (20,171 square miles)
    Because of mainland Alaska’s one time zone, northwest Alaska experiences two sunsets in one day (24 hours) each year (around August 8th)
    At their closest point, Alaska and Russia are only 3 miles apart.