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Fairbanks North Star Borough Facts - By the Numbers

What is a "Borough?" In Alaska, the word "borough" is used instead of "county." Similar to counties, boroughs are administrative divisions of the state. The FNSB includes the City of Fairbanks and the City of North Pole. (Each city has its own elected Mayor and elected Council Members)

Borough History

Fairbanks was founded in 1903, long before Alaska was purchased from Russia. Statehood happened in 1959 and the Fairbanks North Star Borough was incorporated on January 1st, 1964. 

In 1963, the Alaska State Legislature passed the Mandatory Borough Act. By doing this, the Legislature fulfilled a constitutional provision that called for the division of the state into "boroughs". The word "borough" was used instead of "county".  The terms are similar and in Alaska, refers to the administrative divisions of the state.

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