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Pros

-Attractive setting
-Nearby recreation
-Educated population

Cons

-Bitter winters
-Isolation
-Entertainment


What Bert Has To Say About Fairbanks Metro Area


Fairbanks, a low, sprawling frontier town along the Chena River, supports a huge land area. As a crossroads of major highways and the northern terminus of the Alaska Railroad, Fairbanks plays a significant role as a transportation center and commerce headquarters for most of the northern half of the state. Additionally, the area serves as a military, education and health center for the region; the University of Alaska-Fairbanks is a large employer. Mining, forest products, the Alaska Pipeline, and tourism drive the economy and recent job growth has been fairly healthy.

Due to its isolation and the obvious effects of climate, the area not surprisingly has a strong sense of community, but there isn’t a lot of outside stimulus or entertainment. The downtown area is clean and mostly modern. As with all of Alaska, cost of living is high. The summer climate and nearby recreation are exceptional, but winters are equally extraordinary with depressing darkness and below-zero temperatures almost daily.

Fairbanks is located in the Tanana Valley and experiences a distinctly Continental climate with extreme temperature variations most of the year. Because of its location just 200 miles south of the Arctic Circle, summer days are 18-21 hours long and solar heating can produce pleasant 80 degree readings. Unbelievably for the latitude, the record high was 99 degrees, recorded in July 1919. Winter daylight, however, ranges from 4 to 10 hours per day, with prevalent below-zero temperatures, reaching -40 degrees or lower each winter. Winter temperatures, in fact, can range from +45 degrees to -65 degrees, with summer temperatures ranging from +30 degrees to +90 degrees.

Snow cover persists from October to April, although cold air and mountain protection limits days with heavy snows to a minimum, and blizzards are seldom seen. Cold air trapped in the valley produces occasional ice fog. Occasional summer showers and thunderstorms, especially in nearby mountains, round out the precipitation picture.


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Quick Facts About North Pole


    ECONOMY
    The unemployment rate in North Pole is 5.50 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. North Pole jobs have Increased by 1.09 percent.
    COST OF LIVING
    Compared to the rest of the country, North Pole's cost of living is 30.90% Higher than the U.S. average.
    POPULATION
    As of 2014, North Pole's population is 2,273 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 28.27 percent.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Average Commute time is 20 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    REAL ESTATE
    The median home cost in North Pole is $226,000. Home appreciation the last year has been 2.00 percent.
    SCHOOLS
    North Pole public schools spend $16,465 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 50.2 students per teacher in North Pole.

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Comments


Santa is our neighbor!
North Pole is a small town about 17 miles south of Fairbanks in the Interior of Alaska. Summer temps can be in the 80s, while January is just massively cold. The... (read more)
North Pole Alaska
Our winter normally starts in september and ends mid april with brake-up. This is when the ice and snow goes away for the spring to come. We will get the coldest winter... (read more)
Climate
It does get very cold here. -60 at times. It is a dry cold. But it is still very cold. The kids still go to school at that temp. They have outdoor recess until the temp... (read more)
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