I have been blessed to have lived in various regions in Alaska and more than pleased to have visited the rest. Each is unique and vastly different from each other. If one wanted to visit Alaska I would have to first tell you that you are going to have to come more than once to understand Alaska in its whole.
SOUTH CENTRAL REGION -
How BIG is Alaska?
(largest state in the union; one-fifth the size of lower 48)
● Big enough that Alaska contains within its boarders five (5) distinct regions that equate to approximately 586,400 square miles. This is a huge number to comprehend however, one need only fly over Alaska to grasp the vastness.
● Alaska is not exactly twice the size of Texas, it is in fact over twice the size when our tides are high... on low tide we are 3 times the size of Texas.
● This is easy to understand when there are over 33,000 miles of coastline... the only state with coastline on 3 separate oceans: Arctic Ocean, Bering Sea and the Pacific Ocean.
● Technically you cannot see Russia from my back door nor from Sarah Palins yet there are plenty of Northern Alaskans who indeed do see Russia from their back door... they are only 55 miles east of Russia.
● The tallest mountain in North America you can nearly see from out my back door... known in the rest of the world as Mount McKinley it was officially renamed to it's proper name of Denali (the Great One) in 2016.
● Alaska has 38 islands that are larger than 100 square miles, far more than any state. The largest of these islands is "Kodiak" second largest island in the world. Ancestal lands and home of the Alutiiq and Sugpiak people.
● Per the 2013 Census Alaska's population is 736,399 making it the third least populous state... 1.3 person per sq. mile, compared to 84.4 people per square mile for the entire U.S.
● In 2010 appox. 52% of Alaskans are male, the highest percentage in the U.S.
● Alaska does not have Counties or Provinces, we have Boroughs... same same.
● In 1976 the State of Alaska created an "Inviolate Trust" belonging to the residents of Alaska. This Trust was created and still operates today from the states oil revenues, called the Permanent Dividend Fund. This fund, managed by the Permanent Fund Corporation still functions to generate perpetual revenues from non-renewable sources for present and future generations of Alaskans. Every year in October legal residents (man, woman and child) of Alaska receive a PFD check from this fund.... restrictions do apply so be sure to check carefully the rules before applying for your PFD.
● Alaska Natives are the original inhabitants: Aleut, Eskimo and Indian groups who differ from each other in ethnic origin, language and culture. In 1996, Alaska Natives constituted 16.5% of the state's total population. In 1971 the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) was passed. Alaska Natives received 44 million acres of land and $962.5 million, in exchange for the extinguishment of their aboriginal land claims. Cash and lands became the property of the 13 regional, 4 urban, and over 200 village Native corporations formed by the Act. Any Native Alaskan born before passage of the Act who could prove one-quarter blood Native ancestry, was eligible to enroll in a local and regional corporation, entitling him or her to 100 shares in both corporations. Alaska does not have "Reservations" our Native people have Corporations that work and allow them the freedom to prosper. Many of our Native lands sits in oil rich country which for their people as a Corporation earns them dividends from this natural resources being mined on their land.
● Alaska was a steal of a deal back in the day... even by todays standards. Originally purchased from Russia in 1867, just under 2 cents an acre ($7.2 million).