ALASKA by: Emily Tobin
Date it became a state • January 3, 1959
Nickname • The Last Frontier
Motto • North to the Future
Stateflower • Forget-me-not
State bird • Willow Ptarmigan
State animal • Land mammal- Moose • Marine mammal- Bowhead Whale
State color • Alaska doesn’t have an official state color.
State seal • Alaska’s state seal was originally designed in 1910 when Alaska was still a territory. • The seal represents The Northern Lights, mining, rail and marine transportation, agriculture, and the importance of seafood and wildlife to the economy.
State tree • Sitka Spruce
State song • “Alaska’s Flag”
State flag • Adopted the flag in 1959. • Designed by a 13 year old boy in 1926. • Blue represents the sky, sea, and lakes. • 8 stars form the Big Dipper and the North Star. • The North Star represents the northern most state.
State jewel or mineral • Mineral- Gold • Gem- Jade
State coin • Says “The Great Land” under The North Star. • The coin also has a grizzly bear in a stream catching salmon to represent fishing and the wildlife you can find in Alaska.
Historical significance • Alaska was claimed by Russia until 1959 when it became the 49th state in the US. • The most powerful earthquake in North America happened in Alaska in 1964 with a magnitude of 9.2. • The Trans-Alaska pipeline is used to transport oil from northern Alaska since 1977.
Climate • Mid-latitude oceanic climate in the south. • Subarctic oceanic climate in the north. • Temperatures reach 90s in the summer and -60 ̊or below in the winter. • Less than 10 inches of precipitation every year.
Famous people • Sarah Palin- Former Alaska Governor and ran for Vice President • Trajan Langdon- Cleveland Cavaliers • Jewel- Singer • Aleksandr Baranov- Governor of Alaska when Alaska was owned by Russia • Matt Carle- Philadelphia Flyers
Location • Alaska is in the northwest extremity of North America. • Canada is to the east of Alaska with Russia farther to the west.
Capital • Juneau • Located south of the Juneau Icefield. • It’s the only state capital in America not accessible by road.
Food or crops produced • 100 day growing season limits what can be grown. • Potatoes • Carrots • Lettuce • Cabbage
Cost of living • Alaska has one of the highest cost of living rates in the US. • Usually 25% of the average pay check.
Governor • Sean Parnell • 10th governor of Alaska. • Became governor on July 26, 2009.
Sports teams • Alaska Aces- Ice hockey team • Alaska Wild- Arena football team • The University of Alaska Anchorage • Anchorage Glacier Pilots- Member of National Baseball Congress
Famous places • Mount McKinley • The Iditarod Trail • Trans-Alaska Pipeline • Anchorage • Fairbanks
Highest and lowest elevation Highest Lowest The Pacific Ocean at sea level. • Mount McKinley at 20,320 feet.
Senator and house representatives • Senator- Lisa Murkowski (R) Mark Begich (D)
Taxes • Alaska doesn’t collect state taxes. • Rely on Petroleum sales to finance state things.
Cost of average home • $241,000 is the cost of an average home in Juneau, Alaska.
Average income • $34,454 • Ranked 13th in the US.
Population • 698,473 (2009) • Ranked 47th in the US.
Natural resources • Gold • Oil • Petroleum • Fish • Forest
References • http://www.enchantedlearning.com/usa/states/alaska/ • http://www.statemaster.com/state/AK-alaska • http://www.timeforkids.com/TFK/teachers/aw/wr/article/0,28138,577789,00.html • http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/destination-hunter/north-america/united-states/west/alaska/alaska-landmarks-points-of-interest.html • http://www.netstate.com/states/intro/ak_intro.htm • http://www.hottimescoolplaces.com/alaskafamous.htm • http://www.bankrate.com/brm/itax/edit/state/profiles/state_tax_Aka.asp