Although Texas is the largest of the contiguous US states, one state is significantly larger. Alaska is about 2.5 bigger than Texas with Alaska covering 663,268 sq miles and Texas covering 268,820 sq miles. Alaska is the seventh biggest sub-national division on earth. It is bigger than all but eighteen independent nations in the world. Together with its territorial waters, Alaska is bigger than the next three largest states combined (Texas, California, and Montana) as well as the 22 smallest US states combined.
Alaska is the third least populous state in the United States with over 737,438 residents while Texas is the second most highly populated state with over 28,701,845 people. Alaska's small population and large size make it the most sparsely populated US state, but the most populous territory situated on the northern side of the sixtieth parallel in the continent.
Geography of Alaska
Alaska is the westernmost and northernmost American state. It is the only non-contiguous state on the North American continent. Alaska shares a border with Canada's Yukon Territory and British Columbia to the southeast and east respectively. Attu Island is the westernmost part of Alaska. The state shares a border with the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas to the north. The state shares a maritime boundary with Russia across the Bering Strait. The Pacific Ocean is on the southwestern and southern parts of Alaska. Alaska and its myriad islands have about 34,000 miles long tidal shoreline.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Alaska had a 3.38% population increase from 2010 to July 1, 2018, when the state had about 737,438 residents. Alaska was ranked forty-seventh by population in 2010, ahead of Washington D.C., Wyoming, Vermont, and North Dakota. Aside from English, the state also recognized 20 official Native Languages.