The state of Alaska is located in the North Pacific region of the world. It is on the North American continent and is considered part of the northwestern region of the United States.Know More
Alaska's location in the North Pacific means it borders the Arctic Ocean waters along with Russia, Sweden, Norway, Greenland, and Canada. Its climate and environment are very similar to its northern neighbors. The Arctic Circle intersects with Alaska at the 66.5-degree north line of latitude.
Alaska is physically connected to North America, protruding from the northwest portion of the continent as a large peninsula. Its physical geography is diverse and includes mountain ranges (the Rocky Mountains and Coastal Mountain systems), arctic and sub-arctic regions, and glaciers. Alaska is also home to a variety of wildlife and vegetation in the tundra and the boreal forest.Learn more about Alaska
Alaska became the 49th state admitted to the Union, gaining statehood on Jan. 3, 1959. Nicknamed The Last Frontier, Alaska was preceded in admission by Arizona and followed by Hawaii later that same year.Full Answer >
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, as of 2013, Alaska has an estimated population of just over 735,000. Alaskans are spread out over more than 570,000 square miles of land, making the state by far the least-densely populated of the 50 states in the union.Full Answer >
Juneau is the capital of Alaska. The city's population is close to 31,000. It is located 570 miles east of Anchorage. The climate is cool, with low temperatures of 21 degrees Fahrenheit in January and high temperatures of 64 degrees Fahrenheit in July.Full Answer >
Alaska was first purchased from Russia on March 30th, 1867 and annexed into the United States as a territory. However, Alaska did not become a state until January 3rd, 1959 when the Alaska Statehood Act was enacted by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.Full Answer >