Fairbanks, Alaska Population 2022

29,330
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Fairbanks is a city located in Fairbanks North Star County Alaska. Fairbanks has a 2020 population of 29,330. Fairbanks is currently declining at a rate of -1.77% annually and its population has decreased by -7.65% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 31,761 in 2010.

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 $1,327 per month, and the median house value is $217,700. 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 29,330 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 29,330.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 31,761.

Fairbanks, Alaska Population 2022

2021 and 2022 population is estimated by projecting the 2019 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
201098,2640.00%
201198,120-144-0.15%
2012100,3112,1912.18%
2013100,9336220.62%
201499,254-1,679-1.69%
201599,6363820.38%
2016100,6339970.99%
201799,675-958-0.96%
201898,565-1,110-1.13%
201996,849-1,716-1.77%
202095,133-1,716-1.80%
202193,417-1,716-1.84%

Fairbanks Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White20,94566.65%
Black or African American2,7998.91%
American Indian and Alaska Native2,5668.16%
Asian1,2413.95%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander2020.64%
Some Other Race8432.68%
Two or More Races2,8319.01%
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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

Type Owner Renter
Married43.5%56.5%
All37.8%62.2%
Male36.2%63.8%
Non Family34.9%65.1%
Female20.5%79.5%

37.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Fairbanks Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All11,1752.5637.8
Married5,6553.1943.5
Male5753.0736.2
Female1,1633.0320.5
Non Family3,7821.434.9

3.08

Average Family Size

2.56

Average Household Size

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Fairbanks Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade5803.21%
9th to 12th Grade6433.56%
High School Graduate4,97527.53%
Some College5,25129.05%
Associates Degree1,7729.80%
Bachelors Degree3,17917.59%
Graduate Degree1,6739.26%
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Fairbanks Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Fairbanks Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
2+ Races1,073977362
White11,30310,7903,665
Hispanic1,7151,610391
Asian1,006943222
Black1,4631,388245
Other Race27827823
Native American1,7171,31959
Islander109109

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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Name Average Male Female
Overall$42,788$49,412$32,517
Less Than 9th Grade$26,688$26,934$26,204
High School Graduate$37,575$40,510$33,180
Some College$41,476$47,044$31,661
Bachelors Degree$51,273$67,762$31,959
Graduate Degree$77,113$82,083$57,153

$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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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Native2,42864326.48%
Black2,32938716.62%
Islander185189.73%
Hispanic3,0192668.81%
Multiple2,6282067.84%
White17,2581,2857.45%
Asian1,181524.40%
Other24NaN%

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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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade13.19%
High School13.25%
Some College5.71%
Bachelors or Greater2.27%

Fairbanks Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Employed2.15%
Male Unemployed20.84%
Female Employed5.82%
Female Unemployed25.06%

Fairbanks Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Fairbanks Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$64,397$82,366
Families$70,265$89,021
Married Families$83,425-
Non Families$49,020$65,598
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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

War Veterans
Second Gulf War1,504
First Gulf War600
Vietnam639
Korea22
World War II38

Fairbanks Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
18 to 34979
35 to 54869
55 to 64316
65 to 74521
75+196

Fairbanks Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White1,95714.86%
Black30922.28%
Native American22511.02%
Asian959.32%
Islander5547.83%
Other Race6617.93%
2+ Races17414.59%
Hispanic32518.19%

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
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
19003,5000.00%
19103,541410.12%
19201,200-2,341-10.26%
19302,1009005.76%
19403,4551,3555.10%
19505,6252,1704.99%
196013,3117,6869.00%
197014,7711,4601.05%
198022,6457,8744.37%
199030,8438,1983.14%
200030,224-619-0.20%
201031,7611,5370.50%
201130,743-1,018-3.21%
201232,0631,3204.29%
201332,3863231.01%
201431,525-861-2.66%
201531,6381130.36%
201631,9963581.13%
201731,733-263-0.82%
201831,446-287-0.90%
201930,917-529-1.68%
202030,388-529-1.71%
202129,859-529-1.74%
202229,330-529-1.77%

Fairbanks Population by Year