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Fairbanks, AK

Fairbanks, AK

Fairbanks, AK

Moving to Fairbanks, AK?

Whether you are moving to Fairbanks to start a new career or simply looking to make a change of place, we have no doubt that Fairbanks can be the community for you! Fairbanks is the largest inland city of Alaska and the second largest city of the state behind Anchorage. It sustains an urban population of 31,535 and a surrounding metropolitan area population of 97,581 with plenty of room for growth! Its location within Alaska’s interior region means venturing no further than a few minutes from town to experience the state’s wonderful opportunities for life out-of-doors!

Highpoints of Moving to Fairbanks, AK

Location – Situated in the Tanana Valley, the city straddles the Chena River south of the White Mountains and the Yukon River. Below the city is the Tanana River and a marshy area called Tanana Flats, which stretches another 100 miles south until climbing up into the Alaska Range. These picturesque and faraway mountains are visible from Fairbanks on clear days, so it’s little wonder the city has sometimes been referred to as the Last Frontier! Birdwatchers will find fowl abounding, from ducks and geese to cranes and swans nesting in places all over the local landscape. Make sure to bring some binoculars!

Climate – From the vantage of Fairbanks, as far as the eye can see, you will witness the mysterious and fantastical phenomenon known as the Northern Lights during the winter months between August and April. The region experiences a unique weather system that runs up and down the climatic spectrum, albeit predictably. It is only 200 miles away from the Arctic Circle, where the sun does not rise for a full twenty-four hours on the day of the winter solstice and shines for a full twenty-four hours on the day of the summer solstice. Such climatic extremes make for colder winters and warmer summers than in any other city in Alaska.

Recreation – With weather and wilderness like this, you’ll find the region to be a haven for outdoor sports. Hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, whitewater rafting/canoeing/kayaking, snowmobiling, dog mushing, cross-country skiing, camping, hunting and fishing are among the most popular outdoor activities, most of which can be practiced year round. Native culture festivals and museums also play a large role in educating and entertaining the city about the region’s rich indigenous heritage.

Education – Fairbanks is served by the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District. This public school district offers thirteen elementary schools for students in kindergarten through sixth grade, three elementary/middle schools for students in kindergarten through eighth grade, three middle schools for students in grades 7-8, and three high schools for students in grades 9-12. Private schools are also an option, mostly for those who would like their children to be educated in schools with religions affiliations. If you’re pursuing a degree or looking for higher education, you can find it at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the oldest of Alaska’s colleges.

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The service center for Fairbanks, AK is located in Anchorage, AK.

Information about Fairbanks, AK

Est. Population: 35252
County: Fairbanks North
Latitude: 64.8500
Longitude: -147.7167
Zip Codes: 99701