Fairbanks, AK Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Fairbanks, Alaska - Basic Facts

The City of Fairbanks is the 3rd largest city in Alaska with a population of 33,085 as of July 1, 2016. Fairbanks ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Alaska. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Fairbanks is located at latitude 64.8365 and longitude -147.6517 in Fairbanks North Star Borough. The formal boundaries for the City of Fairbanks (see map below) encompass a land area of 31.69 sq. miles and a water area of 0.83 sq. miles. Fairbanks North Star Borough is in the Alaska time zone (GMT -9). The elevation is 446 feet.

The City of Fairbanks (GNIS ID: 2419385) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Fairbanks is located within the Fairbanks North Star Census Subarea of Fairbanks North Star Borough. Census subareas are statistical subdivisions of the county equivalents used in Alaska (boroughs, city and boroughs, municipalities, and census areas) and are the statistical equivalent of Micro Civil Divisions (MCDs) used in other states.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Fairbanks population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Fairbanks: Barnettes Cache.

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Fairbanks, AK Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 33,085
Population in Households 30,136
Population in Familes 23,124
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,949
Population Density1 1,044
Diversity Index2 66


Total Households 11,907
Average Household Size 2.53
Family Households 7,233
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 13,645 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,056 (29.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 7,852 (57.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,738 (12.7%)
Median Home Value $213,893
Average Home Value $224,846


Median Household Income $57,262
Average Household Income $72,803
Per Capita Income $28,819
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.77% 0.31%
Households 0.51% 0.29%
Families 0.27% 0.16%
Median Household Income   0.67%
Per Capita Income   1.23%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Fairbanks, AK - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Fairbanks to the other 354 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Alaska by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 3 99th
Population Density1 # 5 99th
Diversity Index2 # 22 94th
Median Household Income # 107 70th
Per Capita Income # 135 62nd

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