Fairbanks, AK

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Fairbanks, AK Real Estate Data

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   American Community Survey (U.S. Census Bureau), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:
  • Home Values, Rents: Reflects Q2 2019. Updated quarterly.
  • Setting, Housing Stock, Homeownership: 2017 (latest available). Updated annually.

Methodology:   NeighborhoodScout uses over 600 characteristics to build a neighborhood profile… Read more

Fairbanks Housing Market Information

With 31,644 people, 11,115 houses or apartments, and a median cost of homes of $248,304, Fairbanks real estate prices are well above average cost compared to national prices.

Single-family detached homes are the single most common housing type in Fairbanks, accounting for 30.59% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Fairbanks include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 28.66%), duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 23.26%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 16.47%).

Fairbanks is dominated by renter-occupied one, two, or no bedrooms apartments. 66.32% of Fairbanks's dwellings are rentals.

There is a lot of housing in Fairbanks built from 1970 to 1999 so parts of town may have that "Brady Bunch" look of homes popular in the '70s and early '80s, although some of these houses were built up through the early '90s as well. There is also a lot of housing in Fairbanks built between 1940-1969 ( 30.16%). A lesser amount of the housing stock also hails from between 2000 and later ( 16.79%). There's also some housing in Fairbanks built before 1939 ( 2.92%).

Vacant housing appears to be an issue in Fairbanks. Fully 14.61% of the housing stock is classified as vacant. Left unchecked, vacant Fairbanks homes and apartments can be a drag on the real estate market, holding Fairbanks real estate prices below levels they could achieve if vacant housing was absorbed into the market and became occupied. Housing vacancy rates are a useful measure to consider, along with other things, if you are a home buyer or a real estate investor.

Fairbanks Home Appreciation Rates

Real estate appreciation rates in Fairbanks's have tracked to near the national average over the last then years, with the annual appreciation rate averaging 1.50% during the period.

Over the last year, Fairbanks appreciation rates have trailed the rest of the nation. In the last twelve months, Fairbanks's appreciation rate has been 1.13%, which is lower than appreciation rates in most communities in America. In the latest quarter, NeighborhoodScout's data show that house appreciation rates in Fairbanks were at -1.94%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of -7.54%.

Notably, Fairbanks's appreciation rate in the latest quarter is one of the lowest in America.

Relative to Alaska, our data show that Fairbanks's latest annual appreciation rate is higher than 70% of the other cities and towns in Alaska.

One very important thing to keep in mind is that these are average appreciation rates for the city. Individual neighborhoods within Fairbanks differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in Fairbanks - or in any city or town - that have the best track record of real estate appreciation, by the latest quarter, the last year, 2 years, 5 years, 10 years, or even since 2000, to assist you in making the best Fairbanks real estate investment or home purchase decisions.

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,110,000 0.4
$833,001 - $1,110,000 0.3
$555,001 - $833,000 2.4
$444,001 - $555,000 2.2
$333,001 - $444,000 7.9
$222,001 - $333,000 32.8
$111,001 - $222,000 43.2
$56,001 - $111,000 5.1
$0 - $56,000 5.7

High for AK
High for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
27.2642335766423 31.25

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Fairbanks Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2019 Q1 - 2019 Q2
Last 12 Months:
2018 Q2 - 2019 Q2
Last 2 Years:
2017 Q2 - 2019 Q2
Last 5 Years:
2014 Q2 - 2019 Q2
Last 10 Years:
2009 Q2 - 2019 Q2
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2019 Q2
68.29% 2.71%
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$1,514 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 33.68
Renters 66.32
Vacant 14.61

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

AGE OF Fairbanks HOMES
2000 or Newer 16.8
1970 - 1999 50.1
1940 - 1969 30.2
1939 or Older 2.9

Types of Homes

Single-Family 30.6
Townhomes 16.5
Small Apt. Buildings 23.3
Apt. Complexes 28.7
Mobile Homes 0.7
Other 0.3

Home Size

No Bedroom 4.19
1 Bedroom 17.19
2 Bedrooms 30.19
3 Bedrooms 31.78
4 Bedrooms 13.22
5 or more bedrooms 3.43