North Pole, AK Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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North Pole, Alaska - Basic Facts

The City of North Pole had a population of 2,229 as of July 1, 2016. North Pole ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Alaska. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for North Pole is located at latitude 64.7527 and longitude -147.3627 in Fairbanks North Star Borough. The formal boundaries for the City of North Pole (see map below) encompass a land area of 4.17 sq. miles and a water area of 0.01 sq. miles. Fairbanks North Star Borough is in the Alaska time zone (GMT -9). The elevation is 499 feet.

The City of North Pole (GNIS ID: 2419438) 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 North Pole 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 North Pole population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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


Total Population 2,229
Population in Households 2,220
Population in Familes 1,786
Population in Group Qrtrs 9
Population Density1 535
Diversity Index2 47


Total Households 873
Average Household Size 2.54
Family Households 569
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 971 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 475 (48.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 398 (41.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 98 (10.1%)
Median Home Value $210,459
Average Home Value $212,526


Median Household Income $66,454
Average Household Income $82,468
Per Capita Income $32,272
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.83% 0.42%
Households 0.85% 0.45%
Families 0.63% 0.31%
Median Household Income   1.48%
Per Capita Income   1.38%
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.

North Pole, AK - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares North Pole 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 # 45 88th
Population Density1 # 17 95th
Diversity Index2 # 112 69th
Median Household Income # 65 82nd
Per Capita Income # 92 74th

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