Fairbanks, Alaska Population 2022

32,711
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Fairbanks is a city located in Fairbanks North Star County Alaska. With a 2020 population of 32,711, it is the 2nd largest city in Alaska and the 1393rd largest city in the United States. Fairbanks is currently growing at a rate of 0.30% annually and its population has increased by 0.60% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 32,515 in 2020. Spanning over 33 miles, Fairbanks has a population density of 1,030 people per square mile.

The average household income in Fairbanks is $82,258 with a poverty rate of 9.28%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Fairbanks is 27.6 years, 27.2 years for males, and 28.4 years for females.

Fairbanks serves as a borough seat for Fairbanks North Star Borough. Fairbanks is the largest city in the interior region of Alaska. Over 20% of people 25 years and older have at least a bachelor’s degree. Eighty-eight percent of the adult population has at least a high school diploma.

Fairbanks Population Growth

Fairbanks’ population from the 1930s experienced significant growth. In 1960, the city had over 13,000 residents. This number had more than doubled at the time of the 1990 census. However, the next poll showed a population loss of 2%. In 2010, however, the population grew again at a rate of over 4%. Current estimates indicate that the population is up nearly 4% since the last census was taken. This shows that while the city is still growing, it is not growing quite as rapidly as it was during its early history.

In its earliest years, the region that is now Fairbanks was used by the Athabascan tribe, although it was not settled permanently. Archaeological evidence shows that Native Americans were in the area approximately 3,500 years ago, and it has been determined that the tribes were using the region for seasonal fishing and hunting.

The city of Fairbanks was settled by the Europeans in the early 20th century when it was founded by Captain E. T. Barnette. It was named after the Republican senator Charles Fairbanks. A trading post was set up in the area by Barnette before local gold prospectors came to the city to build mines and dredges.

Agriculture played a significant role in the city’s first years, particularly in the Tanana Valley. In the 1930s, construction began on the Ladd Army Airfield, and major infrastructure was installed for the first time in the area. This led to significant growth in the population and the economy. The University of Alaska Fairbanks was also constructed and was the founding campus of the University of Alaska system. The Moose Creek Dam was constructed following a devastating flood that almost flooded all of Fairbanks.

Today, Fairbanks’ population only continues to grow. It is home to several minor league sports teams and boasts many attractions, restaurants, and businesses. It is also the site of the Yukon Quest international sled dog race. Growth has slowed since the 1990s, however, and this could be due to Fairbanks’ ranking as one of the most dangerous cities in the U.S. for women and an overall crime rate that is higher than both the state and national averages.

Fairbanks Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Fairbankswas:

  • White: 66.65%
  • Two or more races: 9.01%
  • Black or African American: 8.91%
  • Native American: 8.16%
  • Asian: 3.95%
  • Other race: 2.68%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.64%
The current population of Fairbanks, Alaska is 32,711 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 32,515.

Fairbanks, Alaska Population 2022

Population by Race

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Fairbanks Population by Race

Fairbanks Population Pyramid 2022

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Fairbanks Median Age

27.9


Total

27.8


Male

28.1


Female

Fairbanks Adults

There are 23,561 adults, (3,247 of whom are seniors) in Fairbanks.

Fairbanks Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

16

Old Age Dependency Ratio

38.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Fairbanks Sex Ratio

Female

14,746

46.92%

Male

16,681

53.08%

Fairbanks Population by Age

Fairbanks Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Fairbanks Household Types

37.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Fairbanks Households and Families

3.08

Average Family Size

2.56

Average Household Size

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Fairbanks Households by Type

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Fairbanks Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Fairbanks Educational Attainment by Race

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among 2+ races people with a rate of 33.74%.

Fairbanks Educational Attainment by Race

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$42,788

Average Earnings

$49,412

Average Male

$32,517

Average Female

Fairbanks Earnings by Educational Attainment

Fairbanks Language by Age

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Fairbanks Language

86.04% of Fairbanks residents speak only English, while 13.96% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.59% of the population.

Fairbanks Language

Fairbanks Poverty by Race

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9.28%

Overall Poverty Rate

7.38%

Male Poverty Rate

11.16%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Fairbanks

The race most likely to be in poverty in Fairbanks is Native, with 26.48% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Fairbanks is Other, with NaN% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.52%. Among those working part-time, it was 10.62%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 15.06%.

Fairbanks Poverty

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Fairbanks Poverty Rate by Education

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Fairbanks Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Fairbanks Income by Household Type

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Income by Household Type

Fairbanks Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

50.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

48.4%

Male Marriage Rate

53.9%

Female Marriage Rate

Fairbanks Married by Age and Sex

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Fairbanks Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 35-44, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Fairbanks Marital Status by Race

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Fairbanks Marital Status

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2,881

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

Fairbanks Veterans by War

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Fairbanks Veterans by Age

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Fairbanks Veterans by Race

Fairbanks Veterans by Education

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7.40%

Veteran Poverty Rate

23.16%

Veteran Disability Rate

Fairbanks Veterans by Education

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70.9%

Labor Force Participation

48.8%

Employment Rate

8.3%

Unemployment Rate

Fairbanks Employment by Age

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Fairbanks Employment by Race

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Fairbanks Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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30.18%

Born in Fairbanks

93.55%

Native Born

6.45%

Foreign Born

2.62%

Non Citizen

3.83%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

93.55% of Fairbanks residents were born in the United States, with 30.18% having been born in Alaska. 2.62% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Fairbanks Place of Birth

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected

Fairbanks Population by Year