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Alaska

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Location of Alaska State


Capital: Juneau

Population: 731,449 (Source: 2012 U.S. Census)

Major Cities: Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Badger

Borders: Canada, the Gulf of Alaska, the Pacific Ocean, The Bering Sea, and the Arctic Ocean

Gross Domestic Product (GDP): 51,859 million (2012 U.S. Department of Commerce)

Key Industries:
Oil and gas (over 80%), seafood, mining

How Alaska got its name: The word Alaska comes from the Aleut word alaxsxaq which means the mainland.

Atlas of Alaska State
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Alaska State Symbols

State Nickname: Last Frontier

State Slogan: Beyond Your Dreams, Within Your Reach

State Motto: North to the Future

State flower: Forget-me-not

State bird: Willow Ptarmigan

State fish: King salmon

State tree: Sitka Spruce

State mammal: Moose, Bowhead whale

State foods: Salmon

Becoming a State

Date admitted: Saturday, January 3, 1959

Number admitted: 49

Prior Name: Alaska Territory

Postal Abbreviation: AK

Alaska State Map


The Geography of Alaska

Total Size: 571,951 sq. miles (source: 2003 Census)

Geographical Low Point: Pacific Ocean at Sea Level (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Geographical High Point: Mount McKinley (Denali) 20,320 ft (6194 m)

Central Point: Located approx. 63 N., 152 W., 60 miles northwest of Mt. McKinley (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Counties: 16 Boroughs (source: National Association of Counties)

Bodies of Water: Pacific Ocean, Arctic Ocean, Bering Sea, Gulf of Alaska, Yukon river, Kuskokwim River, Iliamna Lake, Becharof Lake, Teshekpuk Lake

Famous People

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Professional Sports Teams

Alaska has no major professional sports teams.

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