Fairbanks is a medium-sized city located in the state of Alaska. With a population of 30,917 people and 14 constituent neighborhoods, Fairbanks is the second largest community in Alaska.
Fairbanks is a military town: the armed forces employs 14.36% of the workforce, making the military a major focus of life in the city. In the civilian sector, Retail and Healthcare are important in the local economy and are the city’s largest civilian employers, employing 17.76% and 16.59% of the civilian workforce respectively.
Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 14.35 minutes getting to work every day.
In terms of college education, Fairbanks is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 27.24% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Fairbanks in 2018 was $31,060, which is middle income relative to Alaska, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $124,240 for a family of four. However, Fairbanks contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Fairbanks is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Fairbanks home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Fairbanks residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Important ancestries of people in Fairbanks include German, Irish, English, Italian, and European.
The most common language spoken in Fairbanks is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Native American languages.