Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK

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Population

100,031

0.119% decline

Median Age

31


Median Household Income

$76,250

3.28% growth

Poverty Rate

7.67%


Number of Employees

46,725

0.604% decline

Median Property Value

$230,600

2.95% growth

About

In 2017, Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK had a population of 100k people with a median age of 31 and a median household income of $76,250. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK declined from 100,150 to 100,031, a -0.119% decrease and its median household income grew from $73,831 to $76,250, a 3.28% increase.

The population of Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK is 71.1% White Alone, 7.71% Hispanic or Latino, and 7.36% Two or More Races. N/A% of the people in Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK speak a non-English language, and 97.7% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK are University of Alaska Fairbanks (1,564 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK is $230,600, and the homeownership rate is 59%. Most people in Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 18.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK employs 46.7k people. The largest industries in Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK are Educational Services (6,723 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (6,315 people), and Retail Trade (6,284 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($91,518), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($82,042), and Construction ($70,120).

Median household income in Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK is $76,250. Males in Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK have an average income that is 1.35 times higher than the average income of females, which is $50,667. The income inequality in Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK (measured using the Gini index) is 0.436, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$76,250

2017 value

± $2,761

3.28%

1 Year Growth

± 4.39%

Households in Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK have a median annual income of $76,250, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $73,831 in 2016, which represents a 3.28% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$68,424

Average Male Salary

± $3,558

$50,667

Average Female Salary

± $2,680

In 2017, full-time male employees in Alaska made 1.35 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. White

    $59,757 ± $2,775

  2. American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races

    $46,641 ± $19,678

  3. Black

    $45,507 ± $11,416

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Alaska workers was White. These workers were paid 1.28 times more than American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK is from Alaska.

0.436

2017 Wage GINI

0.436

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Alaska was 0.436 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.191% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Alaska was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Alaska in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Alaska across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 9

  2. Census Tract 12

  3. Census Tract 8

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK was Census Tract 9 with a value of $98,828, followed by Census Tract 12 and Census Tract 8, with respective values of $90,097 and $85,182.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

7.67% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK (7.34k out of 95.7k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 18 - 24.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    4,570 ± 608

  2. Native American

    1,072 ± 261

  3. Two Or More

    936 ± 260

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK is White, followed by Native American and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

46.7k

2017 Value

± 1,767

-0.604%

1 Year decline

± 5.47%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK declined at a rate of -0.604%, from 47k employees to 46.7k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (6,741 people), Education, Training, & Library Occupations (4,348 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (4,114 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (6,741 people), Education, Training, & Library Occupations (4,348 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (4,114 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK has an unusually high number of residents working as Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (2.08 times higher than expected), Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (1.94 times), and Community & Social Service Occupations (1.64 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($80,811), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($79,938), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($76,080).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

46.7k

2017 Value

± 1,767

-0.604%

1 Year decline

± 5.47%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK declined at a rate of -0.604%, from 47k employees to 46.7k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK, are Educational Services (6,723 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (6,315 people), and Retail Trade (6,284 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK, though some of these residents may live in Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK, by number of employees, are Educational Services (6,723 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (6,315 people), and Retail Trade (6,284 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (4.6 times higher than expected), Public Administration (2.74 times), and Utilities (1.73 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($91,518), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($82,042), and Construction ($70,120).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Alaska to other states, or from other states to Alaska.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $40.8B

  2. $4.7B

  3. $3.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Alaska product (by dollars) was Crude petroleum with $40.8B, followed by Gasoline ($4.7B) and Fuel oils ($3.1B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Alaska products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$64.6B

2015 Value

$74.6B

Projected 2045 Value

15.5% growth

In 2015, total outbound Alaska trade was $64.6B. This is expected to increase 15.5% to $74.6B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Alaska trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Alaska to other states, or from other states to Alaska.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $17.7B

  2. $7.35B

  3. $1.53B

In 2015, the top outbound Alaska domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was California with $17.7B, followed by Washington with $7.35B and Utah and $1.53B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Alaska shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

89.8% of the population of Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK has health coverage, with 44.9% on employee plans, 9.54% on Medicaid, 6.23% on Medicare, 15.5% on non-group plans, and 13.6% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK was $11,064 in 2014. This is a 6.1% increase from the previous year ($10,428).

Primary care physicians in Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK see 1230 patients per year on average, which represents a 4.65% decrease from the previous year (1290 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 786 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 195 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Ketchikan Gateway Borough and Wrangell City and Borough have the highest prevalence of diabetes (9.4%). Additionally, Aleutians West Census Area has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (40.7%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,230 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK see an average of 1,230 patients per year. This represents a 4.65% decrease from the previous year (1,290 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$11,064

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$5,958

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$12,001

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,288

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Alaska (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 6.1%, from $10,428 to $11,064.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

10.2%

Uninsured

44.9%

Employer Coverage

9.54%

Medicaid

6.23%

Medicare

15.5%

Non-Group

13.6%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK declined by 12.8% from 11.6% to 10.2%.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 9.4% prevalence

  2. 9.4% prevalence

  3. 9.1% prevalence

Ketchikan Gateway Borough and Wrangell City and Borough have the highest prevalence of diabetes in Alaska, at 9.4%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Alaska by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK is home to a population of 100k people, from which 97.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 5.09% of Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK residents were born outside of the country (5.09k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK is composed of 71.1k White Alone residents (71.1%), 7.71k Hispanic or Latino residents (7.71%), 7.37k Two or More Races residents (7.36%), 6.29k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (6.28%), 4.01k Black or African American Alone residents (4%), 3k Asian Alone residents (3%), 447 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.447%), and 114 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.114%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

30

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.2

39

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.7

In 2017, the median age of all people in Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK was 31. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 30, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 39. But people in Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK residents was 31.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

5.09%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

5.09k people

5.19%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

5.2k people

As of 2017, 5.09% of Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK residents (5.09k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK was 5.19%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Philippines

    17,951 ± 3,249 people

  2. Korea

    4,417 ± 1,627 people

  3. Mexico

    3,317 ± 1,411 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Alaska was Philippines, the natal country of 17,951 Alaska residents, followed by Korea with 4,417 and Mexico with 3,317.

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Citizenship

97.7%

2017 Citizenship

97.6%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97.7% of Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK was 97.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    71.1k ± 48

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    7.71k ± 805

  3. Two or More Races

    7.37k ± 725

In 2017, there were 9.22 times more White Alone residents (71.1k people) in Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK than any other race or ethnicity. There were 7.71k Hispanic or Latino and 7.37k Two or More Races residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Gulf War (2001-)

    5,055 ± 587

  2. Vietnam

    2,408 ± 432

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    1,881 ± 357

Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 2.1 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK awarded 1,564 degrees. The student population of Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK is skewed towards women, with 3,547 male students and 4,736 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK are White (757 and 49.9%), followed by Unknown (347 and 22.9%), American Indian or Alaska Native (235 and 15.5%), and Two or More Races (73 and 4.81%).

The largest universities in Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK by number of degrees awarded are University of Alaska Fairbanks (1,564 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK are General Business Administration & Management (122 and 7.8%), Liberal Arts & Sciences (93 and 5.95%), and General Biological Sciences (70 and 4.48%).

The median tuition costs in Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $5,936 and $19,628 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 55 degrees awarded

  2. 43 degrees awarded

  3. 34 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK was General Biological Sciences with 55 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

1,564 degrees awarded

$5,936

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Alaska Fairbanks with 1,564 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

643

Degrees Awarded to Men

921

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 643 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK, which is 0.698 times less than the 921 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    757 degrees awarded

  2. Unknown

    347 degrees awarded

  3. American Indian or Alaska Native

    235 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK were to White students. These 757 degrees mean that there were 2.18 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 347 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK was $230,600 in 2017, which is 1.06 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $224,000 to $230,600, a 2.95% increase. The homeownership rate in Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK is 59%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK have an average commute time of 18.4 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$76,250

Median Household Income

± $2,761

36.4k

Number of Households

± 1,545

In 2017, the median household income of the 36.4k households in Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK grew to $76,250 from the previous year's value of $73,831.

The following chart displays the households in Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$230,600

2017 Median

± $6,832

$224,000

2016 Median

± $6,721

In 2017, the median property value in Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK grew to to $230,600 from the previous year's value of $224,000.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK the largest share of households have a property value in the $250k - $300k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

59%

2017 Homeownership

59.5%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 59% of the housing units in Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 59.5%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

18.4 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK have a shorter commute time (18.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.77% of the workforce in Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    74.8%

  2. Carpooled

    15%

  3. Walked

    4.07%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK was Drove Alone (74.8%), followed by those who Carpooled (15%) and those who Walked (4.07%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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