ALASKA - CURRENT FACTS
Area & Population
> As far as land mass goes, Alaska is the largest state in the United States.
> As of 2008, Alaska's population was more than 685,000 people.
> The United States purchased Alaska from Russia in 1867 for $7.2 million.
> Alaska first became a popular destination in the 1890s during the gold rush boom as people came from all over to find gold.
> In 1964 the second most powerful earthquake ever recorded in the world hit Alaska. The 9.2 quake caused massive damage and huge tsunamis that killed 131 people and wiped out many villages. The earthquake was centered in a non-populated area, otherwise the death toll and damage would have been much higher.
> Alaska gained huge popularity in 2008 when its governor, Sarah Palin, became the vice-presidential nomination on the Republican ticket.
> The majority of Alaska residents belong to either the Republican or Libetarian parties.
Culture, Society, and Industry
> Alaska is one of the least religious states in the entire U.S.
> The cost of living in Alaska is one of the highest in the entire U.S.
> Alaska is the ranked second in the U.S. for crude oil production.
> Alcohol use and abuse is higher in Alaska than the majority of states.
Official State Representations
> The Alaska State Motto is "North to the Future"
> The Alaska State Song is "Alaska's Flag"
> The Alaska State Gem is the Jade.