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Welcome to Alaska ...

Alaska is located in Kent County<1>.

The location of Alaska has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<2>

When the people of Alaska refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Alaskan<3>

Alaska is 680 feet [207 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: Alaska lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Alaska is within the boundaries of the (616) area code.

Adding Alaska to Our Gazetteer ...

As we work on our Gazetteer, we occasionally find mention of a community that is new to us. When we find such a community, we add it to our Gazetteer with the hope of adding more information in the future.

We originally found mention of Alaska in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, we also found mention of Alaska elsewhere: The earliest book where we found it mentioned was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Alaska on a Rand McNally Rand McNally Map of Michigan (1911).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Alaska on our Genealogy Page.

Communities Also Named Alaska ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 10 communities that are also named Alaska - they are located in Indiana, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania (2), Prince Edward Island, West Virginia (2) and Wisconsin (2).

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Alaska.

Communities near Alaska ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Alaska.

  • Grand Rapids [Kent County]
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    • Grand Rapids [Kent County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<5> to the northwest of Alaska
    • Estimated population in 2019: 201,013 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Grand Rapids
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Grand Rapids<6>
  • Wyoming [Kent County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wyoming
    • Wyoming [Kent County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<5> to the northwest of Alaska
    • Estimated population in 2019: 75,667 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wyoming
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Wyoming<6>
  • Kentwood [Kent County]
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    • Kentwood [Kent County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<5> to the northwest of Alaska
    • Estimated population in 2019: 51,898 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Kentwood have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kentwood
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Kentwood<6>
  • Walker [Kent County]
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    • Walker [Kent County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<5> to the northwest of Alaska
    • Estimated population in 2019: 24,869 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Walker have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Walker
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Walker<6>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Grandville [Kent County]
    • East Grand Rapids [Kent County]
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      • East Grand Rapids [Kent County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<5> to the northwest of Alaska
      • Estimated population in 2019: 11,956 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for East Grand Rapids have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on East Grand Rapids
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for East Grand Rapids<6>
    • Hudsonville [Ottawa County]
    • Hastings [Barry County]
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      • Hastings [Barry County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<5> to the southeast of Alaska
      • Estimated population in 2019: 7,310 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hastings have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hastings
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hastings<6>
    • Wayland [Allegan County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wayland
      • Wayland [Allegan County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<5> to the southwest of Alaska
      • Estimated population in 2019: 4,225 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wayland have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wayland
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Wayland<6>
    • Lowell [Kent County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lowell
      • Lowell [Kent County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<5> to the northeast of Alaska
      • Estimated population in 2019: 4,171 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lowell have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lowell
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lowell<6>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Alaska. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Alaska.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Alaska. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Alaska.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Alaska. See our Newspapers Page for Alaska.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Alaska ...

Looking for more information about Alaska? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

While we are unaware of a Tourism page that is specific to Alaska, there are neighboring communities that do have Tourism pages. A map of those communities can be found with our TripAdvisor Page for Alaska.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Kent County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Alaska. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Kent County: www.accesskent.com/

The official website for State of Michigan: https://www.michigan.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Michigan's counties, including Kent, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Alaska refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a community's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Alaska may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Alaska - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Alaska) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Alaska. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.8400, Longitude: -85.4781       In this case, the coordinates for Alaska have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






















 

 

 

 

 


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