Fairbanks, Alaska

Fairbanks: City in Alaska, USA


Fairbanks is a city located in the county of Fairbanks North Star Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Its population at the 2010 census was 31,535. After 10 years in 2020 city had an estimated population of 30,696 inhabitants.

The city was created 123 years ago in 1900.

Fairbanks is a home rule city and the borough seat of the Fairbanks North Star Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Fairbanks is the largest and coldest city in the Interior region of Alaska and the second largest in the state. It is situated in the upper northwest region of Alaska at an elevation of 136 metres (446 feet) above sea level near the Chena River. Fairbanks' location along a major transportation route dates to 1910, when Gold Creek was used as a supply trail for prospectors during the Alaska Gold Rush.

The city has been known as the "Golden Heart City" and the "Gateway to Alaska's Interior" since its founding in 1901. In fact, it was the first city in Alaska to have electricity—and it still does!

Fairbanks has a population of 31,427 and covers an area of 84.49 km². The elevation is 136 m above sea level, so if you're thinking about visiting this winter wonderland, be sure to pack warm clothes!

In addition to being one of Alaska's major cities, Fairbanks also serves as a regional hub for tourism because of its proximity to Denali National Park and Reserve, which is located approximately 100 miles (160 km) south-southeast of Fairbanks. The city hosts many festivals, including: Tanana Valley State Fair, Alaska Folk Festival, Alaska International JazzFest, and Winterfest. Several nearby rural Alaska Native villages are accessible by road from Fairbanks.

Fairbanks locator map
Location of Fairbanks on Alaska map.

Quick Facts about Fairbanks

Population : 30,696 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : Alaska (United States)
County : Fairbanks North Star Borough
Postal code : 99702, 99712, 99716, 99767, 99710, 99790, 99711, 99701, 99705, 99775-(UAF), 99708, 99707, 99706, 99714, 99709
Phone Area Codes : 907
Official name : Fairbanks
Water as percent of area : 2.56%
Land as percent of area : 97.44%
Altitude : 446 feet / 136 meters
Capital city : Fairbanks is capital of Fairbanks North Star Borough
Establishment : January 01, 1901 (123 years ago)
Time Zone : UTC−09:00, UTC−08:00
Local time : 01:57:49 (13th June 2024)
Population growth : -2.73% (2010-2020)
Downtown Fairbanks  Alaska image
Downtown Fairbanks Alaska
Downtown Fairbanks  Alaska image


Fairbanks is located at 64°50'16"N 147°42'59"W (64.8377800, -147.7163900).

Fairbanks map

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According to census records, the population of Fairbanks decreased by 2.73% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 31,535 - census
2011 30,743 -2.58% estimation process
2012 32,063 4.12% estimation process
2013 32,386 1% estimation process
2014 31,525 -2.73% estimation process
2015 31,638 0.36% estimation process
2016 31,996 1.12% estimation process
2017 31,733 -0.83% estimation process
2018 31,446 -0.91% estimation process
2019 30,917 -1.71% estimation process
2020 30,696 -0.72% estimation process

Fairbanks zip code is 99701. County name: Fairbanks North Star, County fips: 02090

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People born in Fairbanks (74)

People born in Fairbanks, including singer Vivica Genaux, politician Jack Coghill, movie actress Chanel Preston, .


  • Mike Stepovich (9th Governor of Alaska Territory (1919-2014)) he was born in 12/03/1919
  • John D. Clark (American chemist and writer) he was born in 15/08/1907
  • Kyle Bailey (American basketball player) he was born in 10/03/1982
  • Lincoln Brewster (American musician) he was born in 30/07/1971
  • Anna Kathryn Holbrook (American actress) she was born in 18/04/1957
  • Brody Hutzler (American actor) he was born in 20/04/1971
  • Walter S. Judd (American botanist and taxonomist) he was born in 01/01/1951
  • Daryn Colledge (Player of American football) he was born in 11/02/1982
  • Mike Dunlap (American basketball coach) he was born in 27/05/1957
  • Kevin Johansen (Argentine musician) he was born in 21/06/1964
  • Hunter Bishop (American ice hockey player) he was born in 05/09/1987
  • Judy Rabinowitz (American cross-country skier) she was born in 09/04/1958
  • Jessica Moore (American basketball player) she was born in 09/07/1982
  • Bristol Marunde (American martial artist) he was born in 20/04/1982
  • Cathy Giessel (American politician) she was born in 09/11/1951
  • Dan Sullivan (American mayor) he was born in 16/06/1951
  • David A. Gregory (American actor) he was born in 19/08/1985
  • Dick Muri (American politician) he was born in 30/11/1953

Schools in Fairbanks

College & universities near Fairbanks, AK

Code Name City ZIP
102614 University of Alaska Fairbanks Fairbanks (AK) 99775

Post offices near Fairbanks

Post Office Name City ZIP
Fairbanks Downtown Station Post Office Fairbanks (AK) 99701
Fort Wainwrigh Post Office Fort Wainwright (AK) 99703
Colleg Post Office Fairbanks (AK) 99709
Fairbanks Main Post Office Fairbanks (AK) 99709
Ester Post Office Ester (AK) 99725

Other places with the same name (3)

Other cities in Fairbanks North Star Borough

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Fairbanks North Star Borough , AK.

City Name Population Title
Badger 19,482 Census-designated place in Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska
College 12,964 Census-designated place in Alaska, United States
Farmers Loop 4,853 Census-designated place in Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska
Ester 2,422 Census designated place
North Pole 2,108 City in Alaska, USA
Pleasant Valley 725 Census-designated place in Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska
Fox 417 Census-designated place in Alaska, USA

Distance to Other Cities

Fairbanks distances to largest Alaska cities