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
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 >
In June, Alaska has temperatures between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and between 40 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit during the night. June is characterized by relatively dry weather, blooming flowers and the longest days, with up to 19 hours of sunlight.Full Answer >
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 >
In the parts of Alaska above the Arctic Circle, it is dark 24 hours per day for about 67 days during winter. Conversely, it does not get dark for about 80 days during the summer in the same area, a phenomenon known as the "Midnight Sun."Full Answer >