How Big is Alaska?

Compare New York to Alaska

New York compared to Alaska

Alaska Is Big!

  • You could fit New York into Alaska 12 times! One-fifth the size of the Lower 48, Alaska is bigger than Texas, California, and Montana combined!
  • Alaska is also far-flung: 6.0 times wider (east to west) and 4.4 times taller (north to south) than New York. From north to south, Alaska measures 1420 miles, the distance from Denver to Mexico City, and east to west 2500 miles, the distance from Savannah, GA to Santa Barbara, CA. See detailed Alaska maps.
  • Alaska also has the most northern point (Point Barrow) and the most western point (Cape Wrangell, Alaska -- further west than Hawaii) in the U.S.

Water & Coastline

  • Alaska has 390 times as much inland water (in lakes, reservoirs, and rivers) as New York. In fact, Alaska has 3 million lakes over twenty acres big.
  • Alaska has more than 50% of the entire U.S. coastline, or 6,640 miles. New York has 127 miles of coastline!

Population Density

  • New York has 356 times more people per square mile.
  • If New York's population density were the same as Alaska’s, only 53,844 people would live in New York rather than 19,190,115 (based on 2003 data).

High Point

  • Alaska’s high point, Mt. Denali (20,320 feet), rises 2.8 miles above New York’s high point, Mount Marcy, at 5,344 feet.
  • Not only is Mt. Denali the highest mountain in North America, but Alaska has 15 other peaks higher than any in the continental U.S.

Road Density

  • Alaska has 640 sq. miles of land for every mile of paved road. New York has 11 sq. miles of land for every mile of road. In other words, Alaska’s land-to-road ratio is 60.1 times greater.
  • Only 20% of Alaska’s roads are paved versus on average 91% for the other 49 states. During the long, cold grip of winter, Alaskans build ice roads to traverse rivers and ground that is otherwise too soft to drive.

Air Travel

  • Alaska has 4.8 times more active pilots per capita than New York.
  • Alaska has 102 seaplane bases, far more than any other state.