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Land Fairbanks, Alaska

At an elevation of 65 degrees latitude in the north, close to the Arctics, Fairbanks, a magical river city stretches over an expanse of tundra, hills, and rivers in all directions, houses more moose and bears than people. Home to rich cultural history and flourishing mining industries, the land here is a canvas for extended natural beauty, vibrant nights highlighting aurora borealis, the midnight sun, and stupendous sunsets and sunrises. With long-standing mountain ranges, clear rivers, pristine lakes, abundant wildlife, and a heart of Gold, Fairbanks, situated on the banks of the Chena and Tanana rivers, offers poignant solitude, a friendly neighborhood, and heaps of job opportunities. The land of Fairbanks, Alaska, spans over 32.62 square miles and is the second-largest metropolitan city in the state, giving way to the small-town living of thriving arts, amicable community, and the intriguing downtown lifestyle. Known for historical treasures, recreational sites, museums, concerts, and cultural variety, residential real estate in Fairbanks is one of the fastest-growing industries in the city.


Fairbanks was just as active and lively in prehistoric times as it is now. Inhabited by Paleolithic people around 40,000 to 15,000 years ago, the residents of prehistoric Alaska eventually commenced trade with Asia and southern settlements. Dwellers of early Alaska were categorized into major groups — the Athabascans, the larger group of Eskimos, Inupiat and Yup'ik, the Aleut, and the Southeastern Coastal Native Americans. As a result, the land in Fairbanks is embellished and graced with Native American presence. Captain E. T. Barnette founded the city in August 1901 during a gold strike. The discovery of gold near Barnette's trading post aided in constructing several buildings and architecture; it swept away natives of the area due to gold fever but gave healthy communities the way to rise and flourish. It is named after Indiana Senator Charles Warren Fairbanks, who later became US Vice President under Theodore Roosevelt. Tanana Valley emerged to be an important agricultural center for Alaska. Consequently, Fairbanks sprang up to be the most populous city in the state— the position now taken over by Anchorage.

Things to do in Fairbanks

Extensive wilderness extending in all directions beget endless exploration in Fairbanks. Less than 200 miles away from the Arctic Circle, the city is blossoming with a steady influx of people enticed by a wide range of recreational facilities. Running Reindeer Ranch showcases family-owned reindeers tours; McKinley Explorer forms a significant part of the largest dome railcar fleet; Chena River State Recreation Area offers year-round adventures entertaining more than 150,000 visitors annually. Dog sledding, hiking, skiing, fishing, and snow machining are other exhilarating activities you can enjoy.

Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge occupies the land of the turn-of-the-century dairy farm that was operational until 1966 and has now been revamped into a wildlife refuge excellent for embarking on nature-led trails. Constructed for the Alaska '67 Centennial Exposition to commemorate the centennial of the state's purchase from Russia, Pioneer Park hosts a zoo and several amusement rides.

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With its location set in the heart of the Alaskan Interior, Fairbanks on the banks of Chena river sits at the beginning post of Dalton Highway, 500 miles long, locally popular as the Haul Road winding its way up to Prudhoe Bay's oil fields. Fairbanks is the second-largest and the northernmost major city in Alaska that can be visited via road. It is nestled in the foothills of Tanana valley, with 150 miles of central lowlands stretching from the northern Alaska Range to the White Mountains and is braided and bordered by the Tanana River. The 175,000 square miles area is surrounded by the Alaska Range to the south and the Brooks Range to the north, accounting for 30% of the total land. With so many river vistas, glorious mountains, and natural landscapes, there's no wonder why the real estate in Fairbanks is on a boom.

Fairbanks demographics

Fairbanks has a population of 32,515 with a median age of 27.6 and a density of 923 people per square mile. The largest ethnic groups forming a substantial racial makeup here are Non-Hispanic Whites accounting for at least 60%, American Indians & Alaska Natives total up to 8.39%, and Non-Hispanic Blacks, 8.2%. People with more than one ethnicity make up about 8.11% of the population, leaving 6.81% for White Hispanic groups. Out of the 32k population, 97.1% are US citizens. The global diversity in the region is primarily from the Philippines, Mexico, and Korea.

The median income of households in the city of Fairbanks, Alaska, is $62,602, registering a yearly growth of 1.52%, with total employment of 12.3k people. The major drivers of the economy are Retail Trade, Health Care & Social Assistance, and Public Administration. The highest payment can be generated by Mining, Quarrying, & Gas & Oil Extraction, Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining. Real Estate in Fairbanks and Rental & Leasing totals up to a revenue of $64,886. Tourism and Transportation further form the hands of the city's economy.

Arts in Fairbanks

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Fairbanks, usually a remote city, houses an individualistic and unique spirit, serving as a classic cultural hotspot for contemporary arts and entertainment. Alaska's golden heart is embellished with lively nightlife in the form of Athabaskan fiddle and opera, Fairbanks-based alternative rock band, traditional Eskimo drumming and hip-hop, and Young Fangs. In addition, the Gazebo Nights concert series brings outdoor music to life.

Be it the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center that celebrates the culture and people of Fairbanks or the Aurora Ice Museum with stunning sculptures and everything ice. The wilderness surrounding Fairbanks is a muse for several artists and sets the stage for year-round exhibitions, festivals, theatres, and music events.

The Alaska House Art Gallery features the work of more than 200 native artists — art carvings, baskets, masks, and jewelry. In addition, the University of Alaska Museum of the North is a thriving attraction for tourists and residents. It represents millions of years of biological diversity in the form of 2.5 million archaeological artifacts and specimens, along with hypnotic details on native history, culture, and traditions.

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Schools in Fairbanks

Watershed Charter School is the best elementary school in Fairbanks North Star Borough, with a 19 to 1 student-teacher ratio, along with Crawford Elementary School and Interior Distance Education of Alaska, the top elementary schools in the state. West Valley High School and Ben Eielson Junior/Senior High School are the leading high schools in Fairbanks. Tanana Valley Campus — University of Alaska Fairbanks, UAF Interior Alaska Campus, University Park Building, and Wayland Baptist University are the most popular universities in Fairbanks.

Why Fairbanks?

Fairbanks is characterized by its spectacular weather, endless sunsets, near-constant daylight, and magical nights that seem to have opened a portal to another world. Mostly referred to as "a city at the edge of nowhere" by the locals, Fairbanks appreciates close-to-nature living, affordable houses for sale, seasonal job opportunities, and a constantly high-demand job market. Inhabited by close-knit communities that understand and support each other, the crime rates in Fairbanks, Alaska, are pretty low. Despite it being deemed a remote city, it has the availability of every possible amenity in the local market or, at the least, within a 50 miles radius.


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