DC-8 at Dawn Just before sunrise on Saturday, April 12, 2008, NASA’s DC-8 research aircraft prepares for its mission over the Arctic from its base of operations in Fairbanks, Alaska. Credit: NASA/Eric James
Fairbanks is the largest city in the Interior region of Alaska. Therefore in 2016 estimates put the population of the city proper at 32,751, and the population of the Fairbanks North Star Borough at 97,121, making it the second most populous metropolitan area in Alaska (after Anchorage). The Metropolitan Statistical Area encompasses all of the Fairbanks North Star Borough and is the northernmost Metropolitan Statistical Area in the United States, located 196 driving miles (or 140 air miles) south of the Arctic Circle. Fairbanks is home to the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the founding campus of the University of Alaska system.