What U.S. state has the longest coastline?
With 6,640 miles of coastline, Alaska tops the list of U.S. states exposed to the ocean.
The state’s Pacific coast alone amounts to 5,580 miles, while the Arctic coast comes in at 1,060 miles long. Unlike the coastlines of many other states, however, the coast of “The Last Frontier” is rocky, icy and often at temperatures below freezing. In fact, most of this coastline is uninhabitable! Alaska also boasts the most shoreline mileage, at 33,904 miles. Source: NOAA Office for Coastal Management, SmashingLists
Alaska, northwest of Canada, is the largest and most sparsely populated U.S. state. It’s known for its diverse terrain of open spaces, mountains and forests, with abundant wildlife and many small towns. It’s a destination for outdoor activities like skiing, mountain biking and kayaking. Massive Denali National Park is home to Denali (formerly called Mount McKinley), North America’s highest peak.
Area: 1.718 million km²
Population: 741,894 (2016)
Spoken languages: English 86.3%; Alaska Native languages 5.2%; Tagalog 3.4%; Spanish 2.9%; Others 2.2%