Alaska State Profile – Interesting Things to Know

This page contains a wealth of information on Alaska state, the second state on the alphabetical list of us states

Alaska state map

State Map

Alaska location


Alaska Geography & Demographics

State AbbreviationAK
StatehoodJanuary 3, 1959
State CapitalJuneau
State SizeTotal (Land + Water): 663,267 sq miles; Land Only: 571,951 sq miles
Number of Counties27
Time ZoneAlaska Time Zone, Hawaii-Aleutian Time Zone
Bordering StatesNone
Highest PointDenali, 20,310 feet
National ParksDenali 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 (2020)736,081
State Population Density1.3 people / square mile
Area Codes907

Alaska State Flag

Alaska flag

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State Symbols

State BirdWillow ptarmigan
State FishGiant king salmon
State FlowerForget Me Not
State FossilWooly mammoth
State GemJade
State InsectFour spot skimmer dragonfly
State Land MammalMoose
State Marine MammalBowhead whale
State NicknameThe Last Frontier
State MineralGold
State MottoNorth to the future
State SportDog mushing
State TreeSitka spruce

State Seal

Alaska seal

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Popular Tourist Attractions

  • Alaska Native Heritage Center: Cultural center in Anchorage, Alaska.
  • Alaska SeaLife Center: Aquarium in Seward, Alaska.
  • Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center: Wildlife refuge in Anchorage, Alaska.
  • Alaska Zoo: Zoo in Anchorage, Alaska.
  • Alyeska Resort: Ski resort in Gridwood, Alaska.
  • Anchorage Museum: Museum in Anchorage, Alaska.
  • Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: National wildlife refuge in northeastern Alaska.
  • Chilkoot Trail: 33-mile trail from Dyea, Alaska, to Bennett, British Columbia, in Canada.
  • Chugach State Park: State park in Anchorage, Alaska.
  • Denali National Park: National park in the middle of Alaska.
  • Portage Glacier: Glacier on the Kenai Peninsula in southern Alaska.
  • Icy Strait Point: Tourist attraction in Hoonah, Alaska.
  • Kenai Fjords National Park: National park on the Kenai Peninsula in southern Alaska.
  • Kincaid Park: Municipal park in Anchorage, Alaska.
  • Matanuska Glacier: Glacier in southern Alaska.
  • Mendenhall Glacier: Glacier about 12 miles from Juneau, Alaska.
  • Mount Roberts Tramway: Cable car station in Juneau, Alaska.
  • Tongass National Forest: National forest in southeastern Alaska.

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Alaska State (summary)

Alaska stands as the most expansive U.S. state in terms of land area, surpassing the combined size of Texas, California, and Montana — the next three largest states.

Additionally, it ranks as the seventh-largest subnational entity globally.

Despite having one of the more modest state economies, Alaska boasts a per capita income that ranks among the top due to its rich blend of industries including fishing, natural gas, and oil, of which it possesses in vast quantities.

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