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State Facts

Full Name

State of Alaska

Admitted to the Union (Rank)

January 3, 1959 (49th)

Population 2000 (Rank)

626,932 (48th)

Land Area (Rank)

571,951 square miles; 1,481,347 square kilometers (1st)

Capital

Juneau

Postal Abbreviation

AK

State Nicknames

  • The Last Frontier,
  • Land of the Midnight Sun

Motto

North to the Future

Song

“Alaska’s Flag” (music by Elinor Dusenbury, words by Marie Drake)

State Symbols

  • Flower: Forget-me-not
  • Tree: Sitka spruce
  • Bird: Willow ptarmigan
  • Gem: Jade
  • Mineral: Gold
  • Sport: Dog mushing
  • Fossil: Woolly mammoth

Economy

  • Agriculture:
    • Seafood,
    • nursery stock,
    • dairy products,
    • vegetables,
    • livestock
  • Industry:
    • Petroleum and natural gas,
    • gold and other mining,
    • food processing,
    • lumber and wood products,
    • tourism