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Which Are The Northernmost Points In The United States?

Point Barrow in Alaska is the northernmost point in the country while Northwest Angle is the northernmost point of the 48 contiguous states of US.

The Northernmost Point In All US Territory: Point Barrow, Alaska

Nuvuk or Point Barrow in Alaska is a headland on the Arctic coast 14 km from Barrow, the northernmost point in the country. Point Barrow is located at a distance of 1,122 nautical miles from the North Pole. Murchison Promontory, Canadian mainland’s northernmost point lies 64 km further north. The location serves as a significant geographical landmark as it defines the boundary between the two Arctic seas: the Beaufort Sea on the east and the Chukchi Sea on the west. Archeological evidence points to the fact that Point Barrow was inhabited nearly 1,000 years prior to the European arrival by ancestors of the Iñupiat. Thus, the region in and around Point Barrow is an important archeological site.

Northernmost Incorporated Place In All US Territory: Barrow, Alaska

Barrow is the northernmost city in the US and is located above the Arctic Circle. As of 2010, the city hosted a population of 4,212. The city is located about 2,100 km south of the North Pole and occupies an area of 54 square km. 14% of this area is water. Barrow has a tundra landscape over a permafrost layer that is around 1,300 feet in depth. The city is surrounded by the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska.

The Northernmost US City With Public Road Access: Fairbanks, Alaska

Fairbanks, located extremely far north, is a home rule city in Alaska. It is the most populous city in Alaska’s Interior region, and as of 2014, it has a population of 32,469. The city is well-connected via road, rail, and air connections to the rest of the state and other parts of the world.

Northernmost City With Over 250,000 Residents: Anchorage, Alaska

Anchorage is a home rule municipality located in Alaska. It is Alaska’s largest city in terms of population. Anchorage houses 298,695 residents who account for over 40% of the state’s population.

Northernmost Point In The 48 Contiguous States: Northwest Angle Inlet, Minnesota

The Northwest Angle is part of Minnesota’s Lake of the Woods County. It is the only place in the nation outside Alaska that lies north of 49th parallel. The Northwest Angle houses the Angle Inlet.

Other northernmost extremes in the US are listed below:

Northernmost City With Over 500,000 residents In The 48 Contiguous States: Seattle, Washington

Northernmost Incorporated Place In The 48 Contiguous States: Sumas, Washington

Northernmost Geographic Center In The US: AlaskaNorthernmost Geographic Center Of The 48 Contiguous States: North Dakota

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