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Fairbanks North Star Borough
Fairbanks North Star Borough Administrative Center
Fairbanks North Star Borough Administrative Center
Official seal of Fairbanks North Star Borough
Map of Alaska highlighting Fairbanks North Star Borough
Location within the U.S. state of Alaska
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Alaska's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Alaska
Incorporated January 1, 1964
Named for Fairbanks and Polaris, the North Star
Seat Fairbanks
Largest city Fairbanks
 • Total 7,444 sq mi (19,280 km2)
 • Land 7,338 sq mi (19,010 km2)
 • Water 105 sq mi (270 km2)  1.4%%
 • Total 95,665
 • Density 12.8513/sq mi (4.9619/km2)
Time zone UTC−9 (Alaska)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−8 (ADT)
Congressional district At-large

The Fairbanks North Star Borough is a borough located in the state of Alaska. As of the 2020 census, the population was 95,665, down from 97,581 in 2010. The borough seat is Fairbanks. The borough's land area is slightly smaller than that of the state of New Jersey.

Fairbanks North Star Borough comprises the Fairbanks, AK, Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is one of only two metropolitan areas in Alaska.

The borough is home to the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fort Wainwright and Eielson Air Force Base.


The borough has a total area of 7,444 square miles (19,280 km2), of which 7,338 square miles (19,010 km2) is land and 105 square miles (270 km2) (1.4%) is water.

Adjacent boroughs and census areas


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%
2020 95,655 −2.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2018

As of the 2000 census, 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.

Of the 29,777 households, 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 households were one person, and 3.60% were one person aged 65 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% 65 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.



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