Fairbanks is a medium-sized city located in the state of Alaska. With a population of 32,751 people and 14 constituent neighborhoods, Fairbanks is the second largest community in Alaska.
11.84% of the workforce is employed in the armed forces, making the military a huge focus of life in Fairbanks. Even though it is a military town, the civilian sector still plays an important role in the local economy. The Retail and Healthcare industries respectively employ 18.31% and 13.41% of the civilian workforce.
Also of interest is that Fairbanks has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
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 13.86 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Fairbanks is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Fairbanks area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
The overall education level of Fairbanks is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 25.55% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Fairbanks in 2010 was $27,742, 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 $110,968 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 11.79% 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.