Fairbanks is home to University of Alaska Fairbanks, the oldest college in Alaska.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 84.6 km² (32.7 mi²). 82.5 km² (31.9 mi²) of it is land and 2.1 km² (0.8 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 2.48% water.
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 30,224 people, 11,075 households, and 7,187 families residing in the city. The population density is 366.3/km² (948.7/mi²). There are 12,357 housing units at an average density of 149.8/km² (387.9/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 66.67% White, 11.15% Black or African American, 9.91% Native American, 2.72% Asian, 0.54% Pacific Islander, 2.45% from other races, and 6.57% from two or more races. 6.13% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 11,075 households out of which 39.9% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.2% are married couples living together, 12.6% have a female householder with no husband present, and 35.1% are non-families. 27.4% of all households are made up of individuals and 6.0% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.56 and the average family size is 3.15.
In the city the population is spread out with 29.4% under the age of 18, 14.7% from 18 to 24, 32.8% from 25 to 44, 16.4% from 45 to 64, and 6.6% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 28 years. For every 100 females there are 105.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 108.2 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $40,577, and the median income for a family is $46,785. Males have a median income of $30,539 versus $26,577 for females. The per capita income for the city is $19,814. 10.5% of the population and 7.4% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 11.6% are under the age of 18 and 7.0% are 65 or older.