Welcome to TheseUnitedStates - Alaska
Alaska, our 49th state, was admitted to the Union January 3rd, 1959. The 2000 census has Alaska's population at 626,932, ranking 48th in the US. With a total area of 663,267 square miles, the state is ranked first in size. Alaska's capital city is Juneau; Anchorage is its largest city.
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Alaska State Bird: Willow ptarmigan
Alaska State Flower: Forget-Me-Not
Alaska State Motto: North to the Future
Alaska State Song: Alaska's Flag
Alaska State Tree: Sitka spruce
Nickname: The Last Frontier
The geographic center of Alaska is located approximately 60 miles northwest of Mount McKinley (Denali); at 20,320 feet McKinley is Alaska's highest point and also the highest point in the United States and all of North America. The name Alaska derives from the Aleutian word Alakshak - "great lands." With its many national parks, forests and wilderness areas, more than 60% of Alaska is federally owned. Alaska is home to eight national parks; Denali (Mt. McKinley), Gates of the Arctic, Glacier Bay, Katmai, Kenai Fjords, Kobuk Valley, Lake Clark, and Wrangell-St. Elias; and four national monuments. Alaska's chief river is the Yukon; and Alaska is accessible to the contiguous 48 states overland only by the 1,523 mile Alaska highway. The US purchased this treasure from Russia in 1867 for $7.2 million.