Alaska is the
largest state of the United States by area; it is situated
in the northwest extremity of the North American continent,
with Canada to the east, the Arctic Ocean to the north, and
the Pacific Ocean to the west and south, with Russia further
west across the Bering Strait. Approximately half of
Alaska's 698,473 residents live within the Anchorage
metropolitan area. As of 2009, Alaska remains the least
densely populated state of the U.S.
Alaska has a
longer coastline than all the other U.S. states combined. It
is the only non-contiguous U.S. state on continental North
America; about 500 miles (800 km) of British Columbia
(Canada) separate Alaska from Washington state. Alaska is
thus an exclave of the United States. It is technically part
of the continental U.S., but is often not included in
colloquial use; Alaska is not part of the contiguous U.S.,
often called "the Lower 48." The capital city, Juneau, is
situated on the mainland of the North American continent,
but is not connected by road to the rest of the North
American highway system.
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