Alaska Facts

Alaska Facts
Alaska is a U.S. state situated in the northwest extremity of the North American continent. Bordering the state to the east is Yukon, a Canadian territory, and the Canadian province of British Columbia and the Arctic Ocean to the north. See the fact file below for more information about Alaska.
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Became a State
January 3, 1959 49th

northwest United States

663,268 sq. miles (1st)

710,231 (48th)

Major Cities
Sitka, Juneau, Fairbanks, Anchorage

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

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