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By area, Alaska is the largest state in the United States. The total population of Alaska according to the 2010 census is 710, 231. More than half of Alaska's population reside within in Anchorage area. This is an increase over the 2000 Census. Alaska's population has grown every Census since 1930. The first Census as a state, Alaska had a population of 226,167. Most of the people speak English, though there are a few foreign languages as well as a few native languages. Over 60% of the population is White with over 14% American Indian or Native Alaskan. The Economy of Alaska depends largely on natural energy. The state government derives most of its revenue from the energy sector. Alaska also has other important industries. Fishing is important to the state. They do fish commercially and for sport.
Alaska was the 49th state admitted into the United States. Purchased in 1867 from Russia, Alaska became the largest state in the Union on January 3, 1959. Texas had been the largest state since 1845, but Alaska is nearly three times as large as Texas. It may be the largest by area, but it is the least densely populated of all the United States. There is less than one person per square mile of land in Alaska. With the northern part still very remote, Alaska remains a wilderness unexplored.