Alaska Facts

Alaska Facts
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Capital
Juneau

Became a State
January 3, 1959 49th

Location
northwest United States

Area
663,268 sq. miles (1st)

Population
710,231 (48th)

Major Cities
Sitka, Juneau, Fairbanks, Anchorage

Products
petroleum, fishing (salmon, cod, pollock, crab)

Climate
mid-latitude oceanic climate in southern sections and subarctic oceanic climate in northern parts

Yearly Precipitation
Juneau averages 50 inches
other areas average 275 inches

Professional Sports Teams
no professional sports teams

Major Waterways
Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Pacific Ocean, Bering Strait, Beaumont Sea, Arctic Ocean

Most Famous Citizens
Vitus Bering (explorer)
William A. Egan (1st state governor)
Joe Juneau (prospector)
Jack London (author)
John Muir (naturalist, explorer)

State Symbols
Bird – Willow Ptarmigan
Flower – Forget-Me-Not
Animal – Moose
Tree – Sitka Spruce
Insect – Four Spot Skinner Dragonfly