Did You Know~Interesting Facts About Alaska
- About 52 percent of Alaskans are men – the highest percentage of any state.
- Alaska is less than 50 miles from Russia.
- Alaska accounts for 25 percent of the oil produced in the United States.
- Giant vegetables are common in Alaska due to the extremely long days in summer. Alaska has grown a record cabbage weighing in at 94 pounds.
- Of the 20 highest peaks in the United States, 17 are in Alaska, including the highest peak in North America Denali.
- The fishing and seafood industry is the state’s largest private industry employer
- The largest salmon ever caught weighed in at 97.5 pounds.
- There are more than 3,000 rivers and 3 million lakes in Alaska
- Alaska is the only state to have coastlines on three different seas: the Arctic Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, and the Bering Sea.
- More than half the world’s glaciers can be found in Alaska.
- Outsiders first discovered Alaska in 1741 when Danish explorer Vitus Jonassen Bering sighted it on a voyage from Siberia
- Each year Alaska has about 5,000 earthquakes including 1,000 that measure above 3.5 on the Richter scale. Of the 10 strongest earthquakes ever recorded in the world, three have occurred in Alaska.
- Most of America’s fish, including the salmon, crab, halibut, and herring, all come from Alaska.
- The nation’s two largest forests are located in Alaska. The Tongass in Southeast includes 16.8 million acres and Chugach in Southcentral has 4.8 million acres.
- The state bird of Alaska is the willow ptarmigan.
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