Fun Facts About Alaska

 

State Nick Name:"The Last Frontier" - the name Alaska is derived from the Aleut word "Aleyska," meaning "great land."

 

State Motto:"North to the Future."

 

State Capital:Juneau, located in the Southeast region of Alaska, has a population of 33,277.

 

The state of Rhode Island could fit into Alaska 425 times.

Dog mushing is the official state sport.

Most of America's salmon, crab, halibut, and herring come from Alaska.

The four-spot skimmer dragonfly is the official state insect.

Nearly one-third of Alaska lies within the Arctic Circle.

The states coastline extends over 6,000 miles.

17 out of the 20 highest peaks in the United States are located in Alaska.

The Alaskan state flag was designed in 1926 by a 13-year-old named Bennie Benson.

There are more than 3,000 rivers and 3 million lakes in Alaska.

The jade is the official state gemstone.

Every four years Alaskans elect a Governor and a Lieutenant Governor to four-year terms.