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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    NG
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    NG
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C-
  12. Commute
    A
College is a town in Alaska with a population of 14,362. College is in Fairbanks North Star Borough and is one of the best places to live in Alaska. Living in College offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In College there are a lot of parks. Many young professionals live in College. The public schools in College are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$233,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,198
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    40%
  • Own
    60%
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College Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    283
  • Murder
    6
  • Rape
    41
  • Robbery
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500
  • Theft
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284
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Residents

Diversity
NG
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    20%
  • 25-34 years
    18%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    9%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    18%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    24%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    37%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    16%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%

Working in College

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$77,341
National
$55,322
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Fairbanks is a great location for anybody that wants to have immediate access to the Alaskan wilderness and be in proximity of a decent sized town. Unfortunately, beyond the outdoors, there is not much to do in the way of local night life and entertainment and due to budget issues, there have been cutbacks on educational opportunities at the University of Alaska. Winters can obviously be harsh, since we are in the sub-arctic, but it is not so to the point where you can not get out and do stuff. Winter sports are huge up here as well. The people are great. Alaskans are inherently welcoming and helpful people.
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There are rarely ever major crimes incidents in this part of Alaska. Usually police are called for disturbances, public drunkenness, or vandalism/theft. In general, the community is a safe place to live and the largest threat is when a moose wanders into town. The Fairbanks Police Department and Alaska State Troopers are great organizations and I have not had a negative encounter with any LEOs. They portray a very professional demeanor and do not get involved with any negative actions.
Fairbanks has it's ups and downs for public safety. For example: Downtown Fairbanks has an abundance of homeless people. Which sometimes gets out of hand. Personally I work downtown and have compulsive drunk people come in on the daily. Most of the time the police don't make it in time and the people are gone, so nothing happens.