Consider these surprising facts: Alaska is about one-fifth the size of the Lower 48. The next largest state , Texas, would fit into Alaska 2.5 times. In fact, if you combined the area of Texas, California and Montana, it would still be less than the size of Alaska .
One-fifth the size of the Lower 48 , Alaska is bigger than Texas, California, and Montana combined! Alaska is also far-flung: 3.1 times wider (east to west) and 1.9 times taller (north to south) than Texas.
The Largest States in the U.S. by Area Alaska . 663,267.26. Texas . 268,580.82. California . 163,695.57. Montana . 147,042.40. New Mexico. 121,589.48. Arizona. 113,998.30. Nevada. 110,560.71. Colorado. 104,093.57.
The narrowest distance between mainland Russia and mainland Alaska is approximately 55 miles. The stretch of water between these two islands is only about 2.5 miles wide and actually freezes over during the winter so you could technically walk from the US to Russia on this seasonal sea ice.
While Alaska is the largest state by area, it’s among the smallest in population: Only about 740,000 people call the state home. Alaska boasts the lowest population density in the nation, with fewer than 1.5 people per square mile.
The purchase of Alaska in 1867 marked the end of Russian efforts to expand trade and settlements to the Pacific coast of North America , and became an important step in the United States rise as a great power in the Asia-Pacific region.
Alaska is appears to be three times larger than Mexico , although Mexico actually is larger than Alaska . On a Mercator map, Greenland looks larger than China, even though China actually is four times larger than Greenland.
Alaska has voted Republican in every election since 1968, and since its admission to the Union in 1959, it has only voted for the Democratic candidate on one occasion: Lyndon B. Johnson’s win in 1964.
Texas is bigger than California , making it the largest state of the 48 contiguous states, but measured by population, the rankings are reversed. California is the most populous state with 39,776,830 residents, according to 2017 U.S. Census estimates, while Texas had a population of 28,704,330.