With a population of 83,000 in the city and surrounding areas, Fairbanks offers a wonderful blend of city amenities and frontier attitude. Located on the banks of the Chena River, Fairbanks is the second largest city in Alaska and a perfect location for exploring the state. Visit Denali National Park and catch a glimpse of Mt. McKinley, watch the northern lights, or go south to Alaska's coast and enjoy fishing, kayaking and sightseeing.
The cost of living in Fairbanks compares favorably with many other cities, and there is no state income tax.
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Fairbanks' summers have abundant sunshine and up to 20 hours of daylight, with temperatures in the 70s and 80s. So much daylight means more time to explore the state. While winter temperatures can be cold, many residents enjoy participating in winter sports such as skiing, dog mushing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. Fairbanks' location makes for dry weather with little wind; snow can be expected from October through March.
Cultural life in Fairbanks offers the advantages of a cosmopolitan community with the warmth and friendliness of a small town. There is a balance between the adventurous outdoor lifestyle and wholesome family activities, active arts opportunities and a strong academic community with the presence of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Local attractions include everything from a symphony orchestra and fine arts, to sports teams and down-home fairs.
From pre-school to college, Fairbanks offers educational opportunities at all levels at public and private schools, as well as higher education at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
The public school system supports 14,500 students enrolled in 19 elementary, four middle, one junior/senior high, and four high schools. More than 52 percent of the district's teachers have masters degrees. Students in the district come from 50 different language backgrounds reflecting the district's rich cultural heritage.
The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) offers 160 degrees in more than 100 disciplines. UAF is home to over 9,000 students who come from all 50 states and 40 foreign countries to take advantage of small classes, first-rate faculty, affordable tuition and hands-on research.
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