Life on the Last Frontier
If you are considering moving to or visiting Alaska, you will not be sorry. Alaska is known for its breathtaking nature and beauty. Below is some information about Anchorage and Alaska to prepare you for your move.
The earliest inhabitants of Alaska crossed the Bering land bridge from Asia about 20,000 years ago and spread southward.
William H. Seward, Secretary of State under President Johnson, purchased Alaska from Russia in 1867 for $7,200,000, about 2 cents per acre. The purchase was called "Seward's Folly," as Alaska was thought to be a frozen wasteland, not the rich resource land that it is.
Anchorage is the biggest city in Alaska with approximately 299,000 people.
The population of Alaska is about 730,5000, and with a land mass of 571,951 square miles this makes Alaska the least densely populated state in the U.S. with also the 4th least populous. about The state of Alaska is 2.3 times the size of Texas and about 1/6 the size of the Lower 48 states.
Alaska is home to arguably some of the most beautiful landscape in the world, with more than 3,000 rivers and over 3 million lakes. The longest river is the Yukon, which flows through 1400 miles in Alaska and 900 miles in Canada. Mount McKinley, 20,320 feet high, is the tallest mountain on the North American continent. Seventeen of America's 20 tallest mountains are in Alaska.
There are also more than 5000 glaciers in Alaska, covering 100,000 square miles of land. Alaska has more active glaciers and icefields than the rest of the world, excluding Antarctica, combined!
The name, "Alaska," comes from a Russian version of an Aleut word, "Alakahak," meaning "great lands."