51 Alaska Facts That Are Interesting To Know

Last updated on May 13th, 2021

Alaska – quick facts and state symbols

State AbbreviationAK
State CapitalJuneau
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Largest CityAnchorage
State SizeTotal (Land + Water): 663,267 sq miles; Land Only: 571,951 sq miles
(Estimate July 1, 2018 from United States Census Bureau)
StatehoodJanuary 3, 1959
State rank by population48th
State rank by date of formation49th
State rank by area1st
Number of Counties27
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Bordering StatesNone
Official LanguageEnglish, Inupiat, Central Siberian Yupik, Central Alaskan Yup'ik, Alutiiq, Aleut, Dena'ina, Deg Xinag, Holikachuk, Koyukon, Upper Kuskokwim, Gwich'in, Lower Tanana, Upper Tanana, Tanacross, Hän, Ahtna, Eyak, Tlingit, Haida, Coast Tsimshian
Highest PointDenali
20,310 ft (6190.5 m)
Lowest pointSea level
Mean elevation1,900 feet above sea level
Length1,420 miles (2,285 km)
Width2,261 miles (3,639 km)
GovernorMike Dunleavy (R)
Lieutenant GovernorKevin Meyer (R)
Electoral Votes3
State MottoNorth to the future
State NicknameThe Last Frontier
% Water13.77
Famous peopleMichelle Johnson (Actress)
Annie Parisse (Actress)
Darby Stanchfield (Actress)
State TreeSitka Spruce
State BirdWillow ptarmigan
State FishKing salmon
State FlowerAlpine Forget-me-not
State FossilWoolly Mammoth
State DogAlaskan Malamute
State GemJade
State InsectFour-Spot Skimmer Dragonfly
State Land MammalMoose
State Marine MammalBowhead whale
State MineralGold
Longitude130°W to 172°E
Latitude51°20'N to 71°50'N
Time ZoneAlaska Time Zone, Hawaii-Aleutian Time Zone
Area Codes907
Table last updatedJune 8, 2020