50 Interesting & Fun Facts About Alaska State to Discover Story

By Sarah Hartness

Introduction

50 Interesting & Fun Facts About Alaska State to Discover Story

There are many interesting and fun facts about Alaska state to learn, including funny, weird...

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Fun Facts About Alaska

First up are 10 fun facts about the state of Alaska...

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The most western point in North America is on the Alaska Peninsula

The peninsula is called the Seward Peninsula, and it has more than 20,000 square miles...

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The Aleut word Alyeska is another name for Alaska

The word Alyeska translates to "great land". The names Alyeska and Alaska come from the...

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The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is an annual race in Alaska

The race covers 1,000 miles throughout Alaska, a lot of it cold and rough. The...

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Alaska's nickname is the "Last Frontier"

The name comes from all the wildness that still exists in Alaska, within its frontier....

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You can see the northern lights 243 days a year in part of Alaska

Fairbanks is home to the Aurora Season, which takes place from August 21 to April...

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Prudhoe Bay is the most northern point on Alaska's road system

The bay is part of Alaska's oil patch on the Arctic Ocean. Only oil workers...

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17 of the 20 highest peaks in the US are in Alaska

The highest peak in Alaska is Mount Denali, at 20,320 feet high. The second highest...

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Seven of the top ten largest national parks are in Alaska

Alaska is home toseven of the top ten largest national parks in the US. These...

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The highest point in North America is Mt. McKinley in Alaska

Today the mountain is called Denali. The name changed in 2016 to match the name...

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Only two states have a population smaller than Alaska

Alaska's population is 730,000 people, which makes it the third smallest state by population in...

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Interesting Facts About Alaska

There are plenty of interesting facts and information about Alaska that are shared in this...

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Barrow, Alaska, has the longest and the shortest days in Alaska

During the summer, there are 84 straight days of daylight in Barrow, in which the...

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Iliamna Lake is the largest lake in Alaska

The freshwater lake is more than 1,000 square miles big in the southwestern part of...

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Prince William Sound is a 10,000 square mile protected area

The area protects some of the natural lands in Alaska, including lakes, glaciers, and fjords...

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Alaska has the lowest population density of all 50 states

Alaska has 1.28 residents per square mile, which means there are just over more people...

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The largest national forest, The Tongass National Forest, is in Alaska

The park covers 16.7 million acres, and most of it has the climate of a...

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Denali National Park and Preserve covers more than six million acres of land

The park was made to protect Dall sheep who lived on the land, but it...

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The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is the same size as South Carolina

The refuge is the largest within the National Wildlife Refuge System, and there are no...

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Alaska is 663,300 square miles large

It is the largest state in the United States, and it is significantly bigger than...

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Alaska has more than three million lakes

The lakes make up a significant part of Alaska's water. Only lakes five acres or...

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Alaska has more than 12,000 rivers

The rivers are crucial to Alaska's economy because they provide a system of moving goods...

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Funny Facts About Alaska

Now, onto some funny but amazing facts about Alaska...

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The Alaska moose is the largest species of moose in the world

These moose can weigh up to 1,600 pounds, and they usually hunt bears and wolves...

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You cannot reach Juneau, Alaska by road

The only way to get to Juneau, either from the rest of the US or...

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Alaska is the only state where all its letters are on one row of an English keyboard

The four letters in the word Alaska are all in the middle row of a...

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The official state sport of Alaska is dog mushing

Dog mushing used to be the primary way to get around Alaska. It was easiest...

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Alaska had four time zones until 1983

The number of time zones decreased to two on September 15, 1983, when Secretary Elizabeth...

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Weird Facts About Alaska

There are also some weird Alaska facts and history that you should know...

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There is no state sales tax in Alaska

The state leaves taxes up to local governments, and they must decide what they want...

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The official state fish of Alaska is the giant king salmon

These fish, also called the Chinook salmon among other names, can weigh up to 100...

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Alaska has more coastline than the rest of the United States combined

Alaska's coastline spans 6,640 miles looking at just the mainland. When you include Alaska's islands...

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Alaska has the midnight sun, which is when the sun does not set at all during the day

The part of Alaska that lies within the Arctic Circle has 24 hours of daylight...

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The Chugach National Forest in Alaska is the size of New Hampshire

The park in southern Alaska is the most northern and western national forest. It is...

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Cool Facts About Alaska

Next up, some cool Alaska facts and information...

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40% of Alaska's land is made up of water

The water consists of rivers, lakes, creeks, and ponds, and they are full of fish...

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The third-longest river in the United States is in Alaska

The Yukon river is more than 2,000 miles long. The river is only partially in...

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Almost one-third of Alaska is in the Arctic Circle

The portion of Alaska that is in the Arctic Circle is the coldest part of...

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There are approximately one hundred thousand glaciers in Alaska

The glaciers come in all sizes and are all over the state. The largest glacier...

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You can spot polar bears in Alaska

Polar bears can be hard to find since they spend most of their time living...

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Historical Facts About Alaska

Alaska has a lot of history, so here are some history facts about Alaska...

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The United States purchased Alaska for seven million dollars

Russia sold Alaska to the US on March 30, 1867. It was part of the...

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Some people did not want the US to buy Alaska

These people called the deal "Seward's Folly." So why did Russia sell Alaska to the...

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Alaska has two state holidays

First, Alaska celebrates Seward's Day, which commemorates the US signing the treaty to buy Alaska...

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The Aleutian Islands is an archipelago of 70 islands off the coast of Alaska

The Aleutian Islands were part of the sale of Alaska from Russia to the US...

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A quarter of jobs in Alaska come from the oil industry

Half of the state's spending revenue comes from the oil industry. In 1988, one-fourth of...

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Important Facts About Alaska

We are continuing on the state's history with important facts about Alaska's history...

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Alaska became the 49th state in 1959

It was officially admitted to the union on January 3, 1959. The United States first...

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The largest city in Alaska is Anchorage, with a population of nearly 300,000 people

The city is in the southern part of the state. In the winter, days are...

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The Alaska state flag was created in 1927

The flag has a lot of meaning for the state. First, the blue color is...

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Alaska natives make up 15% of the population

The Alaskan natives are the people who originally occupied the land thousands of years ago...

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The Klondike Gold Rush brought 100,000 people to Alaska in the late 19th century

Skookum Jim started the gold rush when he and his family found gold by the...

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Scary Facts About Alaska

Finally, here are some scary but interesting things about Alaska...

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The only World War II battle in the US was in Alaska

The battle took place on the Aleutian Islands, and it was called the Battle of...

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Alaska has a huge bear population

There are so many bears in the state that there is one bear for every...

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The second strongest earthquake ever happened in Alaska

On March 27, 1964, an earthquake with a magnitude of 9.2 occurred in Alaska's Prince...

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Prospect Creek Camp in Alaska is the coldest place in the world

On January 23, 1971, the coldest day and place on record were recorded at Prospect...

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There are over 130 active volcanoes in Alaska

Ninety of the volcanoes have been active in the last ten thousand years, with half...

Conclusion

Conclusion

The facts of Alaska prove that it is a diverse state, from its land which...

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