is the largest state of the United States of America by area; it is situated in the
northwest extremity of the North American continent
, with Canada to the east, the Arctic Ocean to the north, and the Pacific Ocean to
the west and south, with Russia further west across the Bering Strait.
Approximately half of Alaska's 683,478 residents reside within the Anchorage
metropolitan area. As of 2009, Alaska remains the least densely populated state of