41 Facts About Alaska

1. The western part of Alaska has no road system connecting the communities with the rest of Alaska.

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2. Climate of Western Alaska is determined in large part by the Bering Sea and the Gulf of Alaska.

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3. Alaska is the only non-contiguous US state on continental North America; about 500 miles of British Columbia (Canada) separates Alaska from Washington.

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4. Alaska is a US state situated in the northwest extremity of the North American continent.

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5. Alaska is almost as close to Tokyo as New York City (3,280 miles).

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6. Alaska is the last great wilderness in the United States Civilization has only encroached on about 160,000 acres of its 365 million acres.

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7. The University of Alaska is the state's leading higher-educational institution.

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8. In 2003, Alaska had 19 hospitals with about 1,500 beds.

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9. In 2000, Alaska ranked first among the states in per capita energy consumption, with a total of 944 million Btu.

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10. In 2005, Alaska was the leading commercial fishing state in terms of volume and value.

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11. In 2004, Alaska's manufacturing sector paid $351.5 million in wages.

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12. In 2004, Alaska has the 17th highest per capita income in the United States at $34,000.

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13. In 2005, Alaska had a gross state product of $40 billion.

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14. In 2006, Alaska ranked 47th in United States with an estimated total of 670,053 residents.

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15. In 1958, when Alaska was approved for statehood, Ernest *Gruening, a former territorial governor, was elected as a United States senator.

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16. In the period of Russian rule, the Jews of Alaska were trappers and traders.

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17. Alaska is the largest state in the United States, equal to one-fifth of the country's continental land mass.

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18. In the same year Alaska was finally awarded a territorial representative in Congress.

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19. Alaska is a member state of the regional Western States Arts Federation.

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20. In 1979, Alaska became the first state to withdraw its government workers from the Social Security system.

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21. In 2003, Alaska had 19 community hospitals, with about 1,500 beds.

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22. In 2004, federal government grants to Alaska were $3.2 billion.

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23. In the 2002 Census of Retail Trade, Alaska was listed as having 2,661 retail establishments with sales of $7.4 billion.

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24. In 2004, a total of 10,262 people in Alaska were employed in the state's manufacturing sector, according to the ASM.

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25. In 2004, Alaska had 224 producing natural gas and gas condensate wells.

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26. In 2005, Alaska had the lowest personal bankruptcy rate in the United States.

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27. In 2003, Alaska spent $207,159,311 on homeland security, an average of $296 per state resident.

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28. Alaska is divided into 149 municipalities, ranging from the geographically small Bristol Bay to the expansive North Slope (87,860 sq mi or 227,557 sq mi).

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29. In 2005, Alaska had a total of 678 public—and private-use aviation-related facilities.

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30. In 2004, Alaska had 5,497 mi of navigable inland waterways.

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31. Alaska is home to 16 of the 20 highest mountains in the US.

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32. In the United States, Alaska is the state that is farthest north, east, and west.

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33. For the second time, an Alaska Sports Hall of Fame plaque has been removed from an exhibit at the Anchorage airport in order to edit what it says.

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34. Alaska is not divided into counties, as most of the other US states, but it is divided into boroughs.

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35. In 2006 Alaska had the highest number of pilots per capita of any US state.

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36. In October 2014, the governor of Alaska signed a bill declaring the state's 20 indigenous languages as official languages.

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37. Alaska is the largest US state by area, and the tenth wealthiest.

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38. In 2010, Alaska ranked as the 47th state by population, ahead of North Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming.

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39. That same year, not coincidentally, Alaska repealed its state income tax.

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40. Alaska is the largest state in the United States by total area at 663,268 square miles, over twice the size of Texas, the next largest state.

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41. Alaska is the northernmost and westernmost state in the United States and has the most easterly longitude in the United States because the Aleutian Islands extend into the Eastern Hemisphere.

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