Fairbanks, AK
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Fairbanks is a medium-sized city located in the state of Alaska. With a population of 32,325 people and 14 constituent neighborhoods, Fairbanks is the second largest community in Alaska.

Fairbanks is a military town: the armed forces employs 11.79% 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 16.07% and 14.59% of the civilian workforce respectively.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Fairbanks spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 13.83 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The population of Fairbanks overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Fairbanks, 23.95% have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Fairbanks in 2010 was $27,386, which is lower middle income relative to Alaska, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $109,544 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 Black or African-American. Fairbanks also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 11.30% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Fairbanks include Irish, English, Italian, and Norwegian.

The most common language spoken in Fairbanks is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Native American languages.