Alaska is notable for delightful seafood but it is also good at many other spheres. In this section
you can find fun, exciting and interesting facts about Alaska.
Facts about Alaska
- The name of state derived from the Aleut word, “Alyeska”, that means “The Great Land”.
- “North to the Future” is an official motto of the state.
- The state was first discovered in 1741 by Europeans when Vitus Bering, an expeditor from
Denmark floating from Siberia, noticed the land.
- In 1784, the first European settlement grew up there. The first settlers were fur traders and
- In 1867, the U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward bought Alaska from the Russians for 7.2
million dollars. This deal is known as Seward’s Folly.
- In 1896, gold seekers found gold in Klondike and it led to the foundation of the city of Skagway
becoming the starting point of the journey to gold treasures.
- In 1943, the Aleutian Islands had been occupied by Japanese troops for 3 months, and it led to
the first war taking place on U.S. soil since the Civil War.
- On January 3, 1959, Alaska was officially recognized as a state entering the Union.
- As for the state symbols, the Alaska bird is willow ptarmigan, the state fish is king salmon, the
Alaska flower is native forget-me-not, and the symbol tree is silver spruce.
- The official sport of Alaska is dog mushing.
- Alaska Denali Mountain is the highest mountain in North America. It is 6 190 meters high.
Moreover, there are seventeen of twenty tallest mountains in this continent located in Alaska.
- Alaska is the largest state in the USA stretching from California to Florida.
- Alaska is the most glacial state in the USA. More than a hundred glaciers take over 75 100
square kilometers or 5% of the country. The biggest glaciers are Malaspina and Bering ones.
- The coastline of the state stretching app. 17 200 kilometers is longer than other U.S. coastlines
- Almost one third of the state is located within the Arctic Circle.
- The lowest population density in the USA is exactly in Alaska.
- Barrow, Alaska, is notable for the shortest and the longest days in the state. The sun rises on 10 th
of May and doesn’t go down for 3 months. Conversely, the sun goes down on 18 th of November
and doesn’t rise for almost 2 months.
- The highest temperature of 38 °C (100 °F) is recorded in Fort Yukon in 1915, and the lowest
temperature of minus 27 °C (80 °F) is recorded in Prospect Creek Camp in 1971.
- In 1952-1953, Thompson Pass, Alaska, saw the strongest yearly snowfall and the snow cover
was over 24 meters.
- On March 27, 1964, the strongest earthquake in USA was recorded in Alaska. It reached strength
of 9.2 on the Richter scale.
- The largest national forest in the USA is the Tongass National Forest of Alaska.
- The capital of Alaska, Juneau, in the only one U.S. capital that people can reach only by plane or
- Anchorage and Fairbanks are the biggest state cities.
- 25% of all oil produced in the USA is found in Alaska. Prudhoe Bay is the largest oilfield in the
- Dutch Harbor is the leading fishing port in respect to fish stock landed in the USA.
Facts about Seafood Industry
- Annual seafood value sold wholesale is more than 3 billion dollars.
- Almost 60% of fish sold in the USA is caught in Alaska.
- The annual landings of fish from Alaska are more than 5.5 billion pounds.
- 37 500 people work in the Alaska seafood industry. The yearly average employment in
this sector is 16 100 people.