Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska

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Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska
Seal of Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska
Map of Alaska highlighting Fairbanks North Star Borough
Location in the state of Alaska
Map of the United States highlighting Alaska
Alaska's location in the U.S.
Incorporated January 1, 1964[1]
Seat Fairbanks
Largest city Fairbanks
 • Total 7,444 sq mi (19,280 km2)
 • Land 7,366 sq mi (19,078 km2)
 • Water 78 sq mi (202 km2), 1.04%
 • (2010) 97,581
 • Density 13/sq mi (5/km²)
Congressional district At-large
Time zone Alaska: UTC-9/-8
Website www.co.fairbanks.ak.us

The Fairbanks North Star Borough is a borough located in the state of Alaska, United States. The boundaries of the borough are coterminous with that of the Fairbanks, Alaska Metropolitan Statistical Area, and the borough's land area is slightly smaller than that of the state of New Jersey. As of 2010 the population was 97,581, while the 2011 population estimate for the Fairbanks North Star Borough is 99,192.[2] The borough seat is the incorporated city of Fairbanks. The only other incorporated city in the borough is North Pole, a small city which is dwarfed in population by nearby census-designated places generally regarded as being part of North Pole but outside its city limits. There are several significant unincorporated communities in the Fairbanks area, such as College (home of the University of Alaska Fairbanks) and Eielson Air Force Base.


The borough's administrative headquarters in downtown Fairbanks.

The borough assembly consists of nine members. Members are elected at-large (borough-wide). Members serve three-year terms. The borough operates under a "strong mayor" system. The mayor, along with his chief of staff, perform many of the job duties normally associated with a city manager.

Borough Mayor: Luke Hopkins (term ends October 2015)

Assembly Members: October 2013 – October 2014 (year term expires is in parenthesis next to name)

  • Seat A – Van Lawrence (2015)
  • Seat B – Diane Hutchison (2016)
  • Seat C – Janice Golub (2016)
  • Seat D – Michael Dukes (2014)
  • Seat E – Guy Sattley (2014)
  • Seat F – Kathryn Dodge (2015)
  • Seat G – Lance Roberts (2015)
  • Seat H – John Davies (2014)
  • Seat I – Karl Kassel (2016)

The borough operates a public library system; the main library is the Noel Wien Public Library.


The borough has a total area of 7,444 square miles (19,279.9 km2), of which 7,366 square miles (19,077.9 km2) is land and 78 square miles (202.0 km2) (1.04%) is water.

Adjacent boroughs and census areas[edit]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 43,412
1970 45,864 5.6%
1980 53,983 17.7%
1990 77,720 44.0%
2000 82,840 6.6%
2010 97,581 17.8%
Est. 2012 100,272 2.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[3]
2012 Estimate[4]

As of the 2000 census[5], 82,840 people, 29,777 households, and 20,516 families were residing in the borough. The population density was 11 people per square mile (4/km²). There were 33,291 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 77.79% White, 5.6% Black or African American, 6.90% Native American, 2.08% Asian, 0.30% Pacific Islander, 1.71% from other races, and 5.39% from two or more races. 4.15% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 29,777 households out of which 41.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.70% were married couples living together, 9.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.10% were non-families. 23.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.20.

In the borough the population was spread out with 30.10% under the age of 18, 12.20% from 18 to 24, 33.30% from 25 to 44, 19.80% from 45 to 64, and 4.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 109.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 110.90 males.

Cities and towns[edit]

Population as of 2010

Census-designated places[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Sister cities[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 1996 Alaska Municipal Officials Directory. Juneau: Alaska Municipal League/Alaska Department of Community and Regional Affairs. January 1996. p. 5. 
  2. ^ American FactFinder. Factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved on 2013-08-02.
  3. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ [2][dead link]

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Coordinates: 64°50′N 146°25′W / 64.833°N 146.417°W / 64.833; -146.417