Fairbanks, Wisconsin

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Population in 2010: 616.
Population change since 2000: -10.3%
 
Males: 310  (50.3%)
Females: 306  (49.7%)
Median resident age:

47.1 years
Wisconsin median age:

42.6 years

Zip codes: 54486.

Estimated median household income in 2017: $56,008 (it was $39,432 in 2000)
Fairbanks:

$56,008
WI:

$59,305

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $25,375 (it was $16,373 in 2000)

Fairbanks town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $134,991 (it was $80,900 in 2000)
Fairbanks:

$134,991
WI:

$178,900

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $175,438; detached houses: $182,527; townhouses or other attached units: $159,704; in 2-unit structures: $157,069; in 3-to-4-unit structures: $102,447; in 5-or-more-unit structures: $211,844; mobile homes: $69,555
March 2019 cost of living index in Fairbanks: 90.3 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
  • Races in Fairbanks, WI (2010)
    • 60097.4%White alone
    • 91.5%Two or more races
    • 50.8%American Indian alone
    • 20.3%Black alone

Races in Fairbanks detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

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Ancestries: German (61.9%), Norwegian (9.9%), Polish (8.6%), United States (7.7%), Irish (6.6%), English (2.6%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Land area: 34.7 square miles.

Population density: 18 people per square mile   (very low).

13 residents are foreign born

This town:

1.9%
Wisconsin:

3.6%
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:
Fairbanks town:

1.2% ($1,009)
Wisconsin:

2.0% ($2,245)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Appleton, WI (45.4 miles , pop. 70,087).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Madison, WI (116.1 miles , pop. 208,054).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (211.6 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

Tigerton, WI (0.9 miles ),
Germania, WI (2.4 miles ),
Morris, WI (2.5 miles ),
Caroline, WI (2.8 miles ),
Big Falls, WI (2.8 miles),
Wittenberg, WI (2.9 miles ),
Tilleda, WI (2.9 miles),
Dupont, WI (3.0 miles )

Latitude: 44.73 N, Longitude: 89.05 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 715

Distribution of median household income in Fairbanks, WI in 2017
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

3.4%
Wisconsin:

3.3%
Population change in the 1990s: +110 (+19.1%).
Most common industries in Fairbanks, WI (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (12.5%)
  • Truck transportation (7.9%)
  • Wood products (7.3%)
  • Health care (7.3%)
  • Construction (7.0%)
  • Transportation equipment (5.5%)
  • Food (5.2%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (15.1%)
  • Truck transportation (15.1%)
  • Construction (12.2%)
  • Transportation equipment (7.6%)
  • Metal & metal products (7.6%)
  • Administrative & support & waste management services (4.7%)
  • Motor vehicle & parts dealers (4.1%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (15.3%)
  • Wood products (11.5%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (9.6%)
  • Accommodation & food services (8.9%)
  • Food (8.3%)
  • Finance & insurance (7.0%)
  • Repair & maintenance (5.1%)
Most common occupations in Fairbanks, WI (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (9.1%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (7.9%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (7.9%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (4.6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4.6%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (4.0%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (3.6%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (15.1%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (9.9%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (9.3%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (5.8%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (5.8%)
  • Fishing, hunting, and forestry occupations (4.7%)
  • Electricians (4.7%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (8.3%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (7.0%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (6.4%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6.4%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (5.7%)
  • Customer service representatives (4.5%)
  • Cashiers (4.5%)

Average climate in Fairbanks, Wisconsin

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Fairbanks-area historical tornado activity is near Wisconsin state average. It is 8% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 9/26/1951, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 22.5 miles away from the Fairbanks town center killed 6 people and injured 3 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

On 4/27/1984, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 15.4 miles away from the town center caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Fairbanks-area historical earthquake activity is significantly below Wisconsin state average. It is 96% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/28/2004 at 06:10:52, a magnitude 4.2 (4.0 MB, 4.2 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 226.6 miles away from the city center
On 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB) earthquake occurred 346.9 miles away from Fairbanks center
On 7/12/1986 at 08:19:37, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 MB) earthquake occurred 375.2 miles away from Fairbanks center
On 1/31/1986 at 16:46:43, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 452.7 miles away from the city center
On 9/2/1999 at 16:17:29, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 209.3 miles away from Fairbanks center
On 9/25/1998 at 19:52:52, a magnitude 5.2 (4.8 MB, 4.3 MS, 5.2 LG, 4.5 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 490.6 miles away from Fairbanks center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Shawano County (5) is a lot smaller than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 3
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 3, Storms: 3, Tornadoes: 2, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Hospitals and medical centers near Fairbanks:

  • HOMME HOME FOR THE AGING (Nursing Home, about 9 miles away; WITTENBERG, WI)

Amtrak stations near Fairbanks:

  • 1 miles: TIGERTON (U.S. HWY 45 & HWY M) - Bus Station
  • 9 miles: MARION (U.S. HWY 45) - Bus Station
  • 9 miles: WITTENBERG (HWYS. 45 & 29) - Bus Station . Services: full-service food facilities.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Fairbanks:

  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (about 30 miles; Stevens Point, WI; Full-time enrollment: 9,089)
  • Northcentral Technical College (about 35 miles; Wausau, WI; FT enrollment: 3,356)
  • Fox Valley Technical College (about 43 miles; Appleton, WI; FT enrollment: 5,682)
  • Mid-State Technical College (about 44 miles; Wisconsin Rapids, WI; FT enrollment: 2,128)
  • Lawrence University (about 46 miles; Appleton, WI; FT enrollment: 2,821)
  • Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (about 49 miles; Green Bay, WI; FT enrollment: 6,069)
  • Saint Norbert College (about 53 miles; De Pere, WI; FT enrollment: 2,324)

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Fairbanks: Kerstens Greenhouse (A), Tigerton Area Ambulance Service (B), Tigerton Volunteer Fire Department (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Kersten Lake (A), Lower Tigerton Pond (B), Upper Tigerton Pond (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Creeks: Tiger Creek (A), Steinke Creek (B), Split Rock Creek (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shawano County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential
Average household size:
This town:

2.6 people
Wisconsin:

2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:

75.2%
Whole state:

64.4%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:

4.7%
Whole state:

7.3%


No gay or lesbian households reported

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This town:

9.1%
Whole state:

8.7%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This town:

3.6%
Whole state:

3.7%

For population 15 years and over in Fairbanks:

Marital status in Fairbanks, WI
  • Never married: 23.8%
  • Now married: 64.0%
  • Separated: 1.2%
  • Widowed: 4.8%
  • Divorced: 6.2%

For population 25 years and over in Fairbanks:

  • High school or higher: 72.4%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 9.4%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 1.4%
  • Unemployed: 2.7%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 27.0 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2000
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2000
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

10.8
Wisconsin average:

11.0

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Fairbanks, WI (based on Shawano County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant11,35743
Catholic6,93012
Mainline Protestant4,99523
Other5273
None18,140-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 10
This county:

2.44 / 10,000 pop.
Wisconsin:

1.86 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
This county:

0.24 / 10,000 pop.
Wisconsin:

0.11 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 31
Shawano County:

7.57 / 10,000 pop.
State:

4.12 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 48
Shawano County:

11.72 / 10,000 pop.
Wisconsin:

8.64 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Shawano County:

8.9%
Wisconsin:

7.6%
Adult obesity rate:
Shawano County:

28.1%
Wisconsin:

27.5%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Shawano County:

11.0%
Wisconsin:

13.0%

5.76% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($40,677 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.76%
Wisconsin average:

5.63%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Brown County, WI  0.93% ($43,381 average AGI)
from Waupaca County, WI  0.64% ($34,336)
from Marathon County, WI  0.57% ($31,821)


5.56% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($39,158 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.56%
Wisconsin average:

5.85%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Brown County, WI  0.93% ($43,643 average AGI)
to Marathon County, WI  0.55% ($36,923)
to Waupaca County, WI  0.51% ($36,471)

Strongest AM radio stations in Fairbanks:

  • WSPT (1010 AM; 50 kW; STEVENS POINT, WI)
  • WSAU (550 AM; 20 kW; WAUSAU, WI; Owner: WRIG, INC.)
  • WNAM (1280 AM; 50 kW; NEENAH-MENASHA, WI; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WHBY (1150 AM; 25 kW; KIMBERLY, WI; Owner: WOODWARD COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WDUX (800 AM; 5 kW; WAUPACA, WI; Owner: LAIRD BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WFCL (1380 AM; 4 kW; CLINTONVILLE, WI; Owner: RESULTS BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WRIG (1390 AM; 10 kW; SCHOFIELD, WI; Owner: WRIG, INC.)
  • WTMJ (620 AM; 50 kW; MILWAUKEE, WI; Owner: JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION)
  • WTAQ (1360 AM; 10 kW; GREEN BAY, WI; Owner: MIDWEST COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WTCH (960 AM; 1 kW; SHAWANO, WI; Owner: RESULTS BROADCASTING OF SHAWANO, INC.)
  • WEBC (560 AM; 50 kW; DULUTH, MN)
  • WLBL (930 AM; 5 kW; AUBURNDALE, WI; Owner: STATE OF WISCONSIN - EDUCATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS BOARD)
  • WISN (1130 AM; 50 kW; MILWAUKEE, WI; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)

Strongest FM radio stations in Fairbanks:

  • WYCO (107.9 FM; WAUSAU, WI; Owner: SEEHAFER BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WHRM (90.9 FM; WAUSAU, WI; Owner: STATE OF WISCONSIN - EDUCATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS BOARD)
  • WIFC (95.5 FM; WAUSAU, WI; Owner: WRIG, INC.)
  • WDEZ (101.9 FM; WAUSAU, WI; Owner: W R I G, INC.)
  • WRVM (102.7 FM; SURING, WI; Owner: WRVM, INC.)
  • WLBL-FM (91.9 FM; WAUSAU, WI; Owner: STATE OF WISCONSIN - EDUCATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS BOARD)
  • WXPW (91.9 FM; WAUSAU, WI; Owner: WHITE PINE COMMUNITY BROADCASTING, INC)
  • WAPL-FM (105.7 FM; APPLETON, WI; Owner: WOODWARD COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WYNW (92.9 FM; BIRNAMWOOD, WI; Owner: STARBOARD BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WRLO-FM (105.3 FM; ANTIGO, WI; Owner: NEWRADIO GROUP, LLC)
  • WJMQ (92.3 FM; CLINTONVILLE, WI; Owner: RESULTS BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WCLQ (89.5 FM; WAUSAU, WI; Owner: CHRISTIAN LIFE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WOZZ (93.5 FM; NEW LONDON, WI; Owner: MIDWEST COMMUNICATIONS, INC)

TV broadcast stations around Fairbanks:

  • W04CW (Channel 4; TIGERTON, ETC., WI; Owner: CENTRAL AUTOMATIC MACHINING, INC.)
  • WFXS (Channel 55; WITTENBERG, WI; Owner: DAVIS TELEVISION WAUSAU, LLC)
  • W24BV (Channel 24; WHITING, WI; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • WIWB (Channel 14; SURING, WI; Owner: ACME TV LICENSES OF WISCONSIN, LLC)
  • WAOW-TV (Channel 9; WAUSAU, WI; Owner: WAOW-WYOW TELEVISION, INC.)
  • W60CI (Channel 60; WHITING, WI; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • WSAW-TV (Channel 7; WAUSAU, WI; Owner: GRAY MIDAMERICA TV LICENSEE CORP.)
  • W66DC (Channel 66; WAUPACA, WI; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)
  • WHRM-TV (Channel 20; WAUSAU, WI; Owner: STATE OF WISCONSIN - EDUCATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS BOARD)
  • W16AY (Channel 16; WHITING, WI; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • W18CS (Channel 18; WHITING, WI; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • W40BC (Channel 40; WHITING, WI; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • W62DA (Channel 62; WHITING, WI; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 2Number of bridges
  • 7ft / 1.9mTotal length
  • $390,000Total costs
  • 1,286Total average daily traffic
  • 1,413Total future (year 2035) average daily traffic

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

3
  • Christopher B Page, N3603 Us Highway 45 (Lat: 44.720528 Lon: -89.027528), Type: 78.0, Overall height: 78 m, Registrant: Spectrasite Communications, Inc. Through American Towers, Inc., Atcfaa-Fccmidwest@americantower.Com, , Schau-mburg, Phone: (847) 240-1508
  • Vielka M Gabriel, N3603 Us Highway 45 (Lat: 44.720528 Lon: -89.027528), Type: 78.0, Overall height: 78 m, Registrant: Spectrasite Communications, Inc., Maria.Gabriel@spectrasite.Com, , Cary, Phone: (919) 465-6649
  • VIELKA M GABRIEL, N3603 Us Highway 45 (Lat: 44.720528 Lon: -89.027528), Type: 78.0, Overall height: 78 m, Registrant: Spectrasite Communications, Inc., Maria.Gabriel@spectrasite.Com, , Cary, Phone: (919) 465-6649

Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Fairbanks, WI
  • 35.4%Wood
  • 26.4%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 20.8%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 7.5%Electricity
  • 5.2%Utility gas
  • 2.8%Other fuel
  • 0.9%Solar energy
  • 0.9%No fuel used
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Fairbanks, WI
  • 33.3%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 25.0%Utility gas
  • 25.0%Wood
  • 8.3%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 8.3%Electricity


Fairbanks compared to Wisconsin state average:

  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of rooms per house significantly below state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.
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