What is…. Alaska?—Useful Facts About the 49th State (stuff that Alex Trebek may not know)

Largest state in the United States in terms of area (663,268 square miles)
Purchased from the Russian Empire in 1867 for 7 million dollars (~2 cents per acre)
Became the 49th State in 1959
Nickname: “The Last Frontier”
Capital: Juneau (accessible only by air and sea…not by road)
Largest City: Anchorage
Highest Point: Mt. McKinley (aka Denali); summit is 20,335 feet above sea level; the highest mountain peak in North America and the United States
Technically the westernmost, easternmost and northernmost state in the Union
BIG!!! Alaska is more than 2x the size of TX and larger than all but 18 sovereign countries in the world
Population: 698,473 (estimated in 2009). Alaska is the least densely populated state in the USA. If New York City had the same population density as AK, there would only be 16 people living in Manhattan
About 68% of the land in Alaska is owned and managed by the US federal government (as public lands, national forests, national parks, national wildlife refuges)
Higher per capita number of certified pilots (about 1 in 78) than any other state in the USA. Many remote cities are not served by road or water transport depend on single-engine “bush planes” and skilled bush pilots for transportation and to move supplies

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