1. Alaska is the largest state in the U.S. by land area, covering about 663,300 square miles.
  2. Despite being the largest state, Alaska is the third least populous and the most sparsely populated state in the U.S.
  3. It’s the only U.S. state that extends into the Eastern Hemisphere.
  4. Alaska has the longest coastline of any U.S. state, at over 34,000 miles.
  5. The state is known for its diverse terrain of open spaces, mountains, forests, and wildlife, with abundant national parks and reserves.
  6. Alaska was purchased from Russia in 1867 for $7.2 million, which is roughly two cents per acre.
  7. Alaska officially became the 49th state on January 3, 1959.
  8. The highest peak in North America, Denali (formerly Mount McKinley), is located in Alaska. It stands at 20,310 feet tall.
  9. The state is home to more than 3 million lakes and over 100,000 glaciers.
  10. Despite its size, Alaska has fewer roads than any other state in the U.S. Many places in Alaska can only be accessed by plane or boat.
  11. Alaska is the only state that does not collect state sales tax or levy an individual income tax.
  12. The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, can be seen in Alaska, offering a spectacular natural light show.
  13. Alaska’s wildlife includes polar bears, grizzly bears, black bears, moose, caribou, wolves, foxes, and eagles.
  14. The state has more than 70 potentially active volcanoes.
  15. Alaska has the lowest population density in the U.S., with 1.3 people per square mile.
  16. Approximately half of all the residents of Alaska live in the capital city of Anchorage.
  17. Alaska is known for its significant Indigenous population. The Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian peoples are among the largest groups.
  18. The state is famous for its summer “midnight sun.” In Barrow, the sun doesn’t set for 84 days straight from May to July.
  19. The Alaska Permanent Fund, established in 1976, pays all the state’s residents an annual “dividend” from oil revenues.
  20. The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, known as “the last great race,” covers 1,049 miles from Anchorage to Nome each year. It commemorates a 1925 mission to get life-saving serum to Nome during a diphtheria epidemic.

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