Alaska State Facts and Symbols

Alaska became the 49th state in 1959 and is by far the largest state by land and water area with a total area of 663,267 square miles. It is also the 48th largest state by population with about 700,000 residents. Anchorage is the largest city in Alaska with a population of approximately 280,000 people.

Seventeen of the twenty highest peaks in the United States are in Alaska. Alaska has about 100,000 glaciers of all sizes which cover five percent of the state. The discovery of gold is what brought thousands of people to Alaska.

Included below are more facts and symbols, a state map, the state song and views of the Alaska State Quarter.

Alaska State Flag

Alaska State Flag

Alaska State Facts

Alaska State Capital - Juneau

State Nickname - The Last Frontier

State Motto - North to the Future

State Flower - Forget-me-not

State Tree - Sitka Spruce

State Bird - Willow Ptarmigan

State Fish - Giant King Salmon

State Insect - Four Spot Skimmer Dragonfly

State Mammal - The Moose and the Bowhead Whale

State Mineral - Gold

State Gemstone - Jade

State Fossil - Wooly Mammoth

State Sport - Dog Mushing

Alaska State Map:

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Alaska State Map

Alaska State Song:

Alaska's Flag

Eight stars of gold on a field of blue,
Alaska's flag, may it mean to you,
The blue of the sea, the evening sky,
The mountain lakes and the flowers nearby,
The gold of the early sourdough's dreams,
The precious gold of the hills and streams,
The brilliant stars in the northern sky,
The "Bear," the "Dipper," and shining high,
The great North Star with its steady light,
O'er land and sea a beacon bright,
Alaska's flag to Alaskans dear,
The simple flag of a last frontier.

Alaska State Quarter

Alaska State Quarter - FrontAlaska State Quarter - Back

United States Mint 50 State Quarters© Program coin:
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