Located in central Alaska, Fairbanks is situated between Ester, College, Fox, and North Pole. Fairbanks’ population of just over 30,000 expands to almost 100, 000 when the surrounding Fairbanks North Star Borough area is included. Incorporated in 1903, Fairbanks is one of two incorporated cities in Alaska. The other incorporated city is North Pole. Originally a gold mining town, today, Fairbanks has an economy supported by tourism, the military, the University of Alaska, and mining.
Fairbanks, Alaska Real Estate
A vibrant downtown area and a variety of housing options, shops, and fine dining ensure both visitors and residents enjoy Fairbanks in comfort and style. Housing options in Fairbanks include condos, townhouses, single family homes, and luxury homes. Residents of Fairbanks also have access to excellent educational and medical facilities. The University of Alaska Fairbanks is well known for its arctic research and doctorate degree programs.
With plenty of lakes and streams, Fairbanks real estate is an angler’s paradise. Downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, and snowboarding are also popular recreational pursuits. In addition, residents enjoy three golf courses including: Chena Bend Golf Course, Fairbanks Golf & Country Club, and North Star Golf Club.
Pioneer Park, operated by Fairbanks North Star Borough Department of Parks and Recreation, is a free park with concessions open during the summer months. Located along the Chena River, paths connect Pioneer Park to downtown Fairbanks, the Carlson Center, and Growden Park.
Just two hours away, Denali National Park and Preserve offers visitor centers, activities, dining, lodging, shopping, and transportation. Consisting of six million acres of wilderness, Denali National Park and Preserve is dominated by Mt. McKinley at 20,320 feet.
Fairbanks Community Attractions
During the summer, the Fairbanks community puts on the Tanana Fair and the Midnight Sun Festivals. During these events, music, food, and fun can be enjoyed all night long under summer's soft arctic sun. Midnight Sun Baseball, the Midnight Sun Run, and the Midnight Sun Intertribal Pow Wow are a few popular Midnight Sun festivities.
Winter days also bring fun and entertainment to Fairbanks. Fairbanks is home to World Ice Art where ice sculptors from around the world participate in ice sculpting competitions. The Yukon Quest, another popular winter activity, is an international dog sled race between Fairbanks, Alaska and Whitehorse, Yukon Territory in Canada. This two week event follows historic dog sledding routes used during the historic Gold Rush period.
Throughout the year, Fairbanks’ residents enjoy Fairbanks Folk Fests, the Davis Concert Hall, the Museum of Alaska Native artifacts, and many productions put on by: Fairbanks Children’s Theatre, Fairbanks Light Opera Theatre, Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre, Fairbanks Symphony, Theatre UAF, and Yates & Company Performing Arts Center.