Did you know that Alaska is twice as big as the second biggest state in the US, Texas? Or how about that Alaska is also home to North America’s highest peak, Denali? For many, Alaska’s formidable 663,300 square mile landscape is cause for awe, fear, and inspiration. If you are moving to Alaska, here are 25 fun facts about the largest state in the U.S.

  1. Nicknamed “The Final Frontier” Alaska was adopted into the Union as the 49th state on January 3, 1959.
  2. In 2014, the population of Alaska was 736,732, which is still less than the population of Charlotte, NC.
  3. Alaska’s state flower is the forget-me-not and state tree is the Sitka spruce.
  4. The state mammal of Alaska is the moose and the state bird is the Willow ptarmigan.
  5. Alaska is larger than the combined area of the 22 smallest U.S. states
  6. Alaska was purchased from Russia in 1867 from Russia for $7.2 million – which translates to two cents per acre.
  7. Alaska’s state capital, Juneau, is the only state capital in the United States with no road connecting it to the rest of the state.
  8. Alaska’s most important revenue source is the oil and natural case industry. Oil exports from Alaska account for 25% of the oil produced in the United States.
  9. Dog mushing is the official state sport of Alaska.
  10. Alaska is the most popular state for flying, as many towns are impossible to get to by road in winter months. One in every 58 Alaskans is a registered pilot.
  11. With less than two people living per square smile, Alaska is the least densely populated state in the United States.
  12. There are over 3,000 rivers in Alaska and three million lakes!
  13. The longest river in Alaska is the Yukon River is almost 2,000 miles long, and is the third longest river in the U.S.
  14. There are also 70 potentially active volcanoes in Alaska.
  15. At the Bering Strait, mainland Russia and mainland Alaska are only 55 miles apart.
  16. 17 of the 20 highest peaks in the United States are located in Alaska.
  17. Denali Peak, formerly Mount McKinley, is 20,320 feet tall.
  18. Alaska contains 98% of the U.S. brown bear population – an estimated 30,000 brown bears.
  19. Alaskan women were granted the right to vote in 1913, six years before the 19th Amendment passed.
  20. The largest city in Alaska is Anchorage, the second largest is Fairbanks.
  21. The Tongass National Forest is the largest National Forest in the United States.
  22. Between September and April, you can see the beautiful Northern Lights in Fairbanks and Anchorage.
  23. The city of Barrow, Alaska is only 800 miles from the North Pole.
  24. While Juneau averages over 50 inches of precipitation a year, some areas in the southeast receive as much as 275 inches annually.
  25. Alaska has a longer coastline than all of the other U.S. state combined – 6,640 miles in the continual state, and 33,904 if you include the coastline of Alaska’s 2,670 islands.