Fairbanks is the second-largest city in Alaska. Currently, 29,954 people live in the city of Fairbanks according to the Fairbanks North Star Borough Community Research Center. That includes 10,074 active military and dependents on Fort Wainwright Army Post. About 100,000 people live in the Fairbanks North Star Borough.
Fairbanks was founded as a gold mining town and gold still plays an important role in the area's economy. Mining and other natural resource-related activities provide about 1,000 jobs for the area.