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Flag of Alaska

Use: Civil and state flag
Proportion: 125:177
Adopted: July 9, 1927; 91 years ago
Design: Eight gold stars, in the shape of "the big dipper", on a blue background. The North Star is larger than the other 7.
Designed by: Benny Benson
The flag of Alaska consists of eight gold stars, forming the Big Dipper and Polaris, on a dark blue field. The Big Dipper is an asterism in the constellation Ursa Major which symbolizes a bear, an animal indigenous to Alaska. As depicted on the flag, its stars can be used as a guide by the novice to locate Polaris and determine true north, which varies considerably from a magnetic north.

The design was created by Benny Benson of Seward and selected from among roughly 700 entries in a 1927 contest.

Design and Origin
More than 30 years before Alaska was to become a state, the Alaska Department of the American Legion sponsored a territorial contest for Alaskan children in grades seven through twelve. Winning the contest in 1927, the design of Benny Benson, a 13-year-old Alaska Native residing at the Jesse Lee Home for Children in Seward, was chosen to represent the future flag of the Territory of Alaska. Up to that time, Alaskans had flown only the U.S. flag since the territory was purchased from Russia in 1867. Benson's design was chosen over roughly 700 other submissions from schoolchildren territory-wide in grades 7–12. Most other entries featured variations on the territorial seal, the midnight sun, the northern lights, polar bears, and/or gold pans. To celebrate his achievement, Benson was awarded US$1,000 and an engraved watch.

Benny looked to the sky for the symbols he included in his design. Choosing the familiar constellation he looked for every night before going to sleep at the orphanage, he submitted this description with it:

“ The blue field is for the Alaska sky and the forget-me-not, an Alaskan flower. The Northern Star is for the future state of Alaska, the most northerly in the union. The Dipper is for the Great Bear—symbolizing strength.

State of Alaska
Alax̂sxax̂ (Aleut), Alaasikaq (Inupiaq), Anáaski (Tlingit)
Alas'kaaq (Pacific Gulf Yupik)
Flag of Alaska State seal of Alaska
Flag Seal
Nickname(s):
The Last Frontier
Motto(s): North to the Future
State song(s): "Alaska's Flag"
Map of the United States with Alaska highlighted
Official language English, Inupiat, Central Siberian Yupik, Central Alaskan Yup'ik, Alutiiq, Aleut, Dena'ina, Deg Xinag, Holikachuk, Koyukon, Upper Kuskokwim, Gwich'in, Lower Tanana, Upper Tanana, Tanacross, Hän, Ahtna, Eyak, Tlingit, Haida, Coast Tsimshian
Spoken languages English 86.3%
Alaska Native languages 5.2%
Tagalog 3.4%
Spanish 2.9%
Others 2.2%
Demonym Alaskan
Capital Juneau
Largest city Anchorage
Area Ranked 1st
• Total 663,268 sq mi
(1,717,856 km2)
• Width 2,261 miles (3,639 km)
• Length 1,420 miles (2,285 km)
• % water 13.77
• Latitude 51°20'N to 71°50'N
• Longitude 130°W to 172°E
Population Ranked 48th
• Total 737,438 (2018)
• Density 1.26/sq mi (0.49/km2)
Ranked 50th
• Median household income $73,181 (8th)
Elevation
• Highest point Denali
20,310 ft (6190.5 m)
• Mean 1900 ft (580 m)
• Lowest point Sea level
Before statehood Territory of Alaska
Admitted to the Union January 3, 1959 (49th)
Governor Mike Dunleavy (R)
Lieutenant Governor Kevin Meyer (R)
Legislature Alaska Legislature
• Upper house Senate
• Lower house House of Representatives
U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R)
Dan Sullivan (R)
U.S. House delegation Don Young (R) (at-large) (list)
Time zones
• east of 169° 30' Alaska – UTC -9/-8
• west of 169° 30' Aleutian – UTC -10/-9
ISO 3166 US-AK
Abbreviations AK
Website alaska.gov
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