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 .
586,000 square miles
Alaska is bigger than all of them put together. Alaska is twice the size of Texas. It is twice the size of the country Sweden. Alaska is one-fifth the size of all the Lower 48 states in the U.S.
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.
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 really a combination of them all. Washington is the most like southern/coastal/mountainous Alaska, Montana and Idaho are like central mountainous Alaska, Maine is like central coastal and some of central Alaska, and Minnesota is like central coastal, central, and northern 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 .
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 is by far the biggest state in the USA. It is 663,267 square miles of rich broad land that has produced billions of dollars of gold and oil as well as fish, furs, and timber. Alaska is unspoiled, uncrowded and is vibrant with promise.
But it’s much easier to get a view of Russia view by heading out into the Bering Strait to one of America’s weirdest destinations: Little Diomede Island.
Every country’s total area is split into land area and water area, and that’s where you can see that Canada is behind the USA in land area, with 9.094 million square kilometers to the USA’s 9.148 million square kilometers.
The only U.S. state that exceeds Nigeria in land mass is Alaska at 663,000 square miles compared to Nigeria’s 357,000.