Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Putting Alaska in Context

Just for the sake of putting Alaska in context I thought it'd be good to learn a little more about its human and physical geography. It is 656,424 sq mi in size. Alaska is often shrunk in US maps so many have a poor concept of how it relates to the lower 48. Below is a map showing it in more familiar terms. Alaska is about 18% the size of the continental 48 states combined and more than twice as big as any of them.
Despite it's staggering size the population of Alaska is a mere 683,478. That is roughly half the size of the population of the Bronx. It is much closer in population to Staten Island than any of the main boroughs.


At 9/09/2008 , Blogger bpt said...

Alaska was admitted to the Union when I saw a kid. The joke then was Texas was against it because it would lose its status as the largest state, so we'd cut Alaska in half and Texas would have to be the third largest state.
The Repubs said Palin is the gov of the US's largest state - technically true. And you can see why they need a governor's plane. Hope she stays in Alaska.


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