Moving to Alaska
Alaska is the largest of the fifty states. It is twice the size of Texas with an area of 586, 400 square miles, about one-fifth of the entire United States. Tiny Rhode Island could fit in Alaska 425 times. This gorgeous state has three million lakes, 29 volcanoes, and over half of the earth’s glaciers. Alaska has 33,000 miles of coastline with some shore on the Pacific Ocean, some on the Arctic Ocean, and some coast on the Bering Sea. Due to its location, some areas of the state at certain times get 24 hours of daylight and some get 24 hours of darkness. Although it is the largest state, Alaska is not divided into counties.
Alaska became the 49th state in 1959. Not surprisingly, it ranks the lowest in population density with a total of 650,000 inhabitants. Compared to the bear population, there is one bear for every twenty-one people. Native to Alaska are the Kodiak bear, the polar bear, the grizzly bear, and big as a bear, the moose. The people of Alaska are known to be extremely friendly and helpful. Do not be alarmed if a local calls you a "Cheechako." It simply means you are a newcomer to Alaska.
Now that you are moving to Alaska, wow your friends and family with these wild facts:
State Capital is Juneau, which is only accessible by boat or plane.
There are over 3,000 rivers in Alaska. 1,875 miles of the Yukon River flow through Alaska out to the Bering Sea.
Alaska is just 55 miles east of Russia.
Alaska was purchased from Russia in 1867 for roughly 2 cents per acre.
Mount McKinley at 20,320 feet is the tallest peak in North America.
Of the United States' 20 tallest mountains, 17 are in Alaska.
State Motto: North to the future.
State Flower is the Forget-Me-Not.
State Fish is the King Salmon, also known as the Chinook salmon. It is a sport fish and some have been caught weighing up to 100 pounds.
State Sport is Dog Mushing, once a primary mode for transportation.
The Iditarod Trail Dog Sled Race is held each year. The 1,200 mile long course runs from Anchorage to Nome and takes approximately 18 days.
Less than 1% of Alaska is privately owned.
Giant vegetables are common due to the extremely long summer days. A record setting cabbage weighed in at 94 pounds.
Barrow, the northernmost city in the US, is just 800 miles from the North Pole.
Alaska comes from the Aleut word "Alyeska" which means the Great Land.
Nicknames are The Last Frontier and The Land of the Midnight Sun.
State Mineral is Gold.
State Bird is the Alaska Willow Ptarmigan.
State Mammal is the Bowhead Whale.
Muktuk is raw whale blubber and is considered a delicacy by the Eskimos.
More than 3,000 bald eagles gather every fall and winter along Chilkat River. They are attracted to the area due to the large number of salmon.
Enjoy your new home Alaska!