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Alaska: Guide to State Statistics: Alaska State Statistics

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The state name is derived from the Aleut word "Aleyska," meaning "great land." It was purchased from Russia for $7.2 million dollars in gold in 1867. At the time of the purchase, the United States referred to it as "Seward's Folly.”

Alaska became the 49th US state in 1959. The state is home to 17 of the 20 highest peaks in the US, and 5% of the state (approximately 29,000 acres) is covered by glaciers. 

This information was drawn from the website, where you will find more detail on Alaska history and facts.

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Alaska Data

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Alaska Sample DataSheet

This sample DataSheet from Data-Planet Statistical Ready Reference shows a map of counties by number of public library staff in each county.

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