Living under Northern Lights:
Originally purchased for less than six cents an acre from Russia, Alaska is the country's largest state as compared by area. However, by population, Alaska ranks as the county's third smallest (larger than only Vermont and Wyoming), leaving residents plenty of room to stretch out and enjoy the state's six thousand six hundred miles of coastline. Contrary to popular belief, during the summer, average daytime temperatures throughout the state range from the 60s to the 90s. And with its beautiful landscapes and diverse climate, Alaska offers residence many opportunities unavailable in other parts of the country.
Capital City: Juneau, the state's capital, is larger than Rhode Island and Delaware individually and nearly as large as the two states combined.
Motto: Alaska's motto is "North to the Future."
Population: Alaska's state population is estimated at 698,473.
Local Activities: It is often said that Alaska is too big to experience in one lifetime. But, that doesn't mean you can't try. Check out some of the activities and adventures Alaska has to offer its residents and visitors. Enjoy fishing for salmon, landing on a glacier, whale watching, bear viewing, kayaking, dog sledding, gold panning, hiking and much more. In addition to the states amazing landscapes and natural wonders, Alaska also offers dozens of museums free to the public.
Economy: Gross state product is approximately $44.9 billion, which is 45th in the nation. Its per capita personal income is $40,042, makes Alaska the 15th richest state in the country. The oil and gas industry dominate much of the Alaskan economy, with more than 80 percent of the state's revenues derived from petroleum extraction. In 1977, the Alaska Permanent Fund was created, allocating 25 percent of Alaska's oil royalty income to aid the states residence. The fund is designed to provide the state with income after the oil reserves are depleted and has paid dividends to all residents.
State Bird: The state bird of Alaska is the willow ptarmigan.
State Tree: The Sitka spruce is commonly 125 to 180 feet tall and three to five feet in diameter.
State Flower: Chosen in 1949, Alaska's state flower is the Alpine forget-me-not (Myosotis alpestris). The flower consists of five sky blue salviform petals that are a quarter to a third of an inch wide. They have a white inner ring and a yellow center.
State Song: The state song is "Alaska's Flag," written by Marie Drake.
Alaska - Interesting Facts:
Alaska is one of the richest states in the U.S., with a total gross product of $39 billion dollars.
Alaska has the lowest population density in the entire U.S.
Alaska is larger than the combined area of the next three largest states: Texas, California, and Montana.
The name Alaska is derived from the Aleut language word alasxaq, which means the mainland.
Alaska - Famous People:
There are many famous people who are from Alaska. The author John Griffith (Jack) London and the actor Ray Mala are from Alaska as is the painter Sydney Lawrence.