City of North Pole, Alaska

CityOfNorthPole
Community Overview
Current Population: 2,200  (2009 DCCED Certified Population)
Incorporation Type: Home Rule City
Borough Located In: Fairbanks North Star Borough
School District: Fairbanks North Star Schools
Regional Native Corporation: Not Applicable

Location:

North Pole is located 14 miles southeast of Fairbanks on the Richardson Highway. It lies 386 miles north of Anchorage and 2,347 miles northwest of Seattle. It lies at approximately 64.751110 North Latitude and -147.349440 West Longitude. (Sec. 09, T002S, R002E, Fairbanks Meridian.) North Pole is located in the Fairbanks Recording District. The area encompasses 4.2 sq. miles of land and 0.1 sq. miles of water. Moderate rainfall, dry air, and long hours of daylight during the summer characterize North Pole. Interior Alaska experiences seasonal temperature extremes. Average January temperatures range from -19 to -2 °F; average July temperatures range from 49 to 71 °F. Annual precipitation averages 11.5 inches, with 68 inches of snowfall.

History:

In 1944, Bon Davis homesteaded this area. Dahl and Gaske Development Company later bought the Davis homestead, subdivided it, and named it North Pole, hoping to attract a toy manufacturer that would advertise products as being made in North Pole. The Santa Claus House was subsequently developed by Con Miller and his family. The city was incorporated in 1953. Growth from Fairbanks and the nearby Eielson Air Force Base have increased development over the years.

Culture:

North Pole is renowned as the “home of Santa Claus.” Letters from children all over the world are mailed to North Pole at Christmas each year. The Santa Claus House is a year-round attraction.

Economy:

Employment in the Fairbanks area is extremely diverse, including government, military, retail, medical, and other services. Flint Hills Resources oil refinery produces jet fuel, heating oil, gasoline, and diesel from North Slope crude oil. Fuel trains deliver 90% of the jet fuel produced at the plant to Ted Stevens International Airport. Petro Star also operates a small distillery. In 2009, 13 residents held commercial fishing permits. Every Christmas season, Santa’s helpers are hired to respond to the thousands of letters mailed to North Pole.

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Facilities:

Wells supply the community’s needs, and water receives secondary treatment before piped distribution. Piped sewage collection is disposed of in an aerated lagoon. Nearly all homes are fully plumbed. Refuse is collected in a transfer station for disposal in the borough landfill in Fairbanks.

Transportation:

The Alaska Railroad runs through the city center, which also lies on the Interior road system. There are four privately-owned airstrips in North Pole. The Fairbanks International Airport is also nearby.

Climate:

Moderate rainfall, dry air, and long hours of daylight during the summer characterize North Pole. Interior Alaska experiences seasonal temperature extremes. Average January temperatures range from -19 to -2 °F; average July temperatures range from 49 to 71 °F. Annual precipitation averages 11.5 inches, with 68 inches of snowfall.

-Source: State of Alaska Department of Commerce