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Fairbanks Today

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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.

Located on Prince William Sound and surrounded by towering mountains, the enchanting town of Valdez boasts an abundance of natural wonders and wide-open spaces that make it a gem for adventurous spirits. Another bonus? Getting from Fairbanks to Valdez is easy. Just over a 6-hour drive or a q…

Just over a six-hour drive from Fairbanks, nestled between Prince William Sound and the Chugach Mountains, sits the coastal town of Valdez. Perfect for weekend warriors and outdoor enthusiasts looking for COVID-safe travel destinations,Valdez is full of wide-open spaces for social distancing…