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Alaska Almanac

The Alaska Almanac presents a general overview of the State of Alaska.

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The United States Census Bureau, July 10, 2001.
Carpenter, Alan, and Carl Provorse. The World Almanac of the U.S.A.. Mahwah: World Almanac Books, 1996. Print.
Alaska. A. Chicago: World Book, Inc., 1988. 288. Print.

Admitted to Union January 3, 1959, [ Find out more... ]
Capital Juneau, [ Find out more... ]
Nickname The Last Frontier, Land of the Midnight Sun [ Find out more... ]
Motto North to the Future[ Find out more... ]
Total area including land and water 656,424 square miles Rank among states 1st
Land area 570,374 square miles Rank among states 1st
Water area 86,051 square miles Rank among states 1st
Greatest distance East to West 2,350 miles
Greatest distance North to South 1,350 miles
Highest point 20,320 feet (Mount McKinley) Rank among states 1st
Lowest point Sea level (Arctic Ocean, Bering Sea,
Pacific Ocean)
Rank among states 3rd
Mean elevation 1,900 feet Rank among states 15th
Highest recorded temperature 100 degrees, June 27, 1915 at Fort Yukon
Lowest recorded temperature -80 degrees, January 23, 1971 at Prospect Creek Camp
Highest monthly average temperature 71.8 degrees Rank among states 50th
Lowest monthly average temperature -21.6 degrees Rank among states 1st
Average yearly precipitation (rain & snow) 55 inches Rank among states  
(U.S. Census, April 1, 2000)
626,932 Rank among states 48th
Population per square mile
(Population/Land area)
1.10 Rank among states 50th
Ten largest cities by population
State capital in red
(U.S. Census, April, 2000)

1. Anchorage 260,283 6. Kenai 6,942
2. Juneau 30,711 7. Kodiak 6,334
3. Fairbanks 30,224 8. Bethel 5,471
4. Sitka 8,835 9. Wasilla 5,469
5. Ketchikan 7,922 10. Barrow 4,581
Median age 29.4
Average lifetime (1979-1981) 72.24 Rank among states 46th
Total crimes reported per 100,000 people (1992-1993) 5,567.9 Rank among states 17th
Violent crimes reported per 100,000 people 760.8 Rank among states 16th
Property crimes reported per 100,000 people 4807.2 Rank among states 18th
Per capita income (2000)
Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce
$29,642 Rank among states 14th
Disposable per capita personal income (income minus taxes) (2000)
Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce
$25,856 Rank among states 14th
Median household income (1993) $42,931 Rank among states 1st

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The Alaska Almanac: Facts about Alaska

The Alaska Almanac: Facts about Alaska, edited by Nancy Gates, Whitekeys (Contributor). 240 pages. Publisher: Alaska Northwest Books; Thirty-third Edition, Revised edition (November 30, 2011)

Taking a vacation to Alaska, or maybe you live here--either way, this is the book that is full of facts about Alaska and much more. Are you wondering who won the last Yukon Quest or how many miles of coastline Alaska actually has? Are you writing a school paper about the state or checking the accuracy of your naturalit's facts on board your cruise ship? The 33rd edition of The Alaska Almanac answers your questions, and provides information at your fingertips.

Recognized for decades as the authority on the geography, economy, sports, cultures, and people of the 49th state, this edition is full of facts and figures of the Last Frontier. It is the answer book for Alaskans and visitors alike.

Mr. Whitekeys' Alaska Bizarre: Direct from the Whale Fat Follies Revue

Mr. Whitekeys' Alaska Bizarre: Direct from the Whale Fat Follies Revue, by Mr. Whitekeys. 140 pages. Publisher: Alaska Northwest Books (November 1, 1995)

From his unique vantage point behind the piano at Anchorage's delightfully sleazy Fly By Night Club, the comedian known only as Mr. Whitekeys leads a cultural tour of the Great Land in Mr. Whitekeys' Alaska Bizarre. For over a decade, thousands of Alaskans and visitors to Alaska have have enjoyed an evening of musicomedy with Whitekeys and his irreverent singing, dancing cast.

Now, in words and incriminating pictures, the impresario and originator of "The Whale Fat Follies," brings fans a compendium of real Alaskan life, crammed tighter than a sourdough's SPAM® cache with nuggets of one-wheel-in-the-ditch lore. It's bawdy, it's raunchy, and nothing is beneath inclusion.

Visit the NETSTATE Alaska State Book Store for additional Alaska related books, including Alaska Reference Books, History, Biographies and Cookbooks.

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