Interesting Facts About Alaska

  • Only one city in Alaska has a larger population than the town of Framingham, Mass. (which has less than 70,000 people)
  • About 5 percent of Alaska is covered by glaciers.
  • There are more than 3,000 rivers and 3 million lakes in Alaska.
  • There are more than three million lakes in Alaska!
  • An unnamed draftsman created the state seal in 1910. It consists of a rising sun shining on forests, lake, fishing and shipping boats, and agricultural and mining activities.
  • The state motto is North to the Future.
  • The jade is the official state gemstone.
  • One half of Alaska’s population lives in the Anchorage area.
  • The term Alaska native refers to Alaska’s original inhabitants including Aleut, Eskimo and Indian groups.
  • The wild forget-me-not is the official state flower. The Territorial Legislature adopted it in 1917.
  • The willow ptarmigan is the official state bird. The Territorial Legislature adopted it in 1955.
  • The Sitka spruce is the official state tree. The Territorial Legislature adopted it in 1962.
  • The native peoples of Alaska include Aleuts, Inupiat Eskimos, Yupik Eskimos, and the Athapaskan, Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian tribes.
  • Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage, covers 1,955 square miles (including the entire political municipal district). The state of Rhode Island covers 1,045 squre miles while Delaware also covers 1,955.
  • More than half the world’s active glaciers are in Alaska.
  • Lake Iliamna is Alaska’s largest lake with 1000 square miles of surface area.
  • In 1926 13-year-old Bennie Benson from Cognac, Alaska designed the state flag.
  • Alaska has been called America’s Last Frontier.
  • The Yukon River flows 1400 miles through central Alaska and into the Bering Sea. The river begins in Canada and is a total of 2300 miles long.
  • If New York City had the same population density as Alaska, only 16 people would be living in Manhattan
  • Alaska is larger than the next four largest states combined!
  • Alaska contains 17 of the 20 highest peaks in the United States.
  • Alaska is less than 3 miles from Russia! This is the distance between Big and Little Diomede Island.
  • The Malaspina Glacier near Yakutat is larger than the state of Rhode Island!
  • Kodiak Island is the 2nd largest island in the United States.
  • Alaska has more coastline than the rest of the United States combined!
  • Alaska is one-fifth the size of the “Lower 48,” larger than the next three biggest states combined, more than twice the size of Texas and 488 times larger than Rhode Island.
  • Alaska is as big as France, England, Italy and Spain combined
  • There are more private airplane pilots per capita in Alaska than in any other state.
  • Most of America’s salmon, crab, halibut, and herring come from Alaska.
  • Dog mushing is the official state sport. The Alaska Legislature adopted it in 1972.
  • Gold is the official state mineral. It was named the state mineral in 1968.
  • The four-spot skimmer dragonfly is the official state insect.
  • Every four years Alaskans elect a Governor and a Lieutenant Governor to four-year terms.