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Situated in the Northwest corner of the United States of America, Alaska occupies a total area of 663,267.26 square miles. With a land area of 571,951.26 square miles, it is the largest state in the nation. The population of 683,478 people resides mostly in the Anchorage metropolitan area. Alaska is, to date, the least densely populated state in the United States.
According to the census data of 2005, women made up 48.3% of the population, while 6.6% of the people were above the age of 65. Of the people over 25 years of age, 88.3% were high school graduates, and 24.7% had a minimum of a bachelor’s degree.
The Alaskan economy is dominated by commercial fishing and the oil and gas industries. Vast reserves of oil and natural gas were discovered near Prudhoe Bay in 1968, and currently, petroleum extraction contributes more than 80% of the State’s revenues. Dutch Harbor and Anchorage are the major fishing ports, and the state leads the nation in the export of seafood including shrimp, crab, salmon, herring, halibut, and cod. Though agriculture is not among the prosperous industries in Alaska, farm commodities such as potatoes, dairy and greenhouse goods are produced there. The food processing industry is the state’s largest manufacturing enterprise. Lumbering and fur-tapping are among the other important industries.
As indicated by the per capita income, Alaska is 6th position among the wealthiest States in the US. It has a civilian labor force of 359.2 thousand people, of whom just 2.1% are unemployed. The major sectors in the non-farm labor market include Professional & Business Services (8%), Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (20%), Government (26%), Education & Health Services (12%), and Leisure & Hospitality (10%).
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