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includes Clear Air Station

Current Population:              242   (2011 Alaska Department of Labor Estimate)

Incorporation Type:              2nd Class City

Located In:                           Denali Borough

Taxes:                                   Sales: None, Property: None, Special: 6% Utility Tax (city); Sev. Tax $.05/yd gravel and $.05/ton coal (borough); 7% Bed Tax (borough)




Location and Climate

Anderson lies on a spur road that spans 6 miles west off the George Parks Highway, 76 miles southwest of Fairbanks and 285 miles north of Anchorage. Clear Air Force Station is located within the city boundaries. The community lies at approximately 64.344170° North Latitude and -149.186940° West Longitude.  (Sec. 05, T007S, R008W, Fairbanks Meridian.)   Anderson is located in the Nenana Recording District.  The area encompasses 46.7 sq. miles of land and 0.5 sq. miles of water.

Anderson has a cold, continental climate with maritime influences in the summer. The average high temperature range during July is from 66 to 70 °F. The average low temperature range during January is -6 to -24 °F. Extreme temperatures have been measured, ranging from a low of -63 to a high of 98 °F. Average annual precipitation is 12.7 inches, and average annual snowfall is 49.3 inches.


History, Culture and Demographics

The city is named for Arthur Anderson, one of several homesteaders who originally settled in the area in the late 1950s. In 1959, Mr. Anderson subdivided his 80-acre homestead into quarter-acre lots for sale. Most of these lots were purchased by civilian workers from Clear Air Force Station, a ballistic missile early warning site that was completed in 1961. An elementary school was established in the community in 1961, and Anderson incorporated as a city in 1962. A road was completed between Anderson and Nenana, which allowed easy access to Fairbanks. Vehicles were ferried across the Tanana River at Nenana until 1968, when a $6 million steel bridge was completed. By 1971, the George Parks Highway was constructed, which enabled road access to Anchorage.

Most of Anderson's residents are non-Native military personnel or civilian employees of Clear Air Force Station and their families. Nearly one-third of all residents live in Clear AFS group quarters.

According to Census 2010, there were 145 housing units in the community and 90 were occupied. Its population was 2.9 percent American Indian or Alaska Native; 87.8 percent white; 1.6 percent black; 0.8 percent Asian; 0.4 percent Pacific Islander; 5.7 percent of the local residents had multi-racial backgrounds. Additionally, 3.7 percent of the population was of Hispanic decent.


Facilities, Utilities, Schools and Health Care

All homes have individual wells, septic systems, and plumbing. Water is also derived from a well at the Anderson School. Clear Air Force Station provides piped water and sewer to all base facilities. A permitted RV disposal lagoon and sludge disposal site is provided by the city. Refuse is hauled to the borough regional landfill located just 2 miles south of Anderson. Electricity is provided by Golden Valley Electric Association. There is one school located in the community,  attended by 39 students. Local hospitals or health clinics include Anderson Health Clinic.  Anderson is an isolated location it is part of the Interior EMS Region. Emergency Services have highway and air access and are within 30 minutes of a higher-level satellite health care facility. Emergency service is provided by 911 Telephone Service and volunteers.  Auxiliary health care is provided by Anderson Volunteer Fire Dept./EMS/Ambulance (907-582-0911/582-2496)..


Clear Air Force Station, the school, city, and other government positions employ most of the residents. An intercontinental ballistic missile radar warning system was constructed at Clear AFS; "PAVE PAWS" identifies and warns of missiles launched from Asia and Europe. The Clear Fish Hatchery provides small stocks of gamefish to area streams and lakes and has been the only commercial hatchery to rear sheefish. Residents often travel to Fairbanks to purchase goods and services.

The 2006-2010 American Community Survey (ACS) estimated 1891 residents as employed. The public sector employed 24.9%1 of all workers. The percentage of workers not in labor force was 22.2%1. The ACS surveys established that average median household income (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) was $62,083 (MOE +/-$10,060)1. The per capita income (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) was $56,442 (MOE +/-$10,241)1. About 1.3%1 of all residents had incomes below the poverty level. 




The George Parks Highway provides access to Anchorage and Fairbanks. The Alaska Railroad serves Anderson and Clear. A state-owned 4,000' lighted asphalt runway is located at Clear Airport, 4 miles south of town along the access road. Charters and private aircraft serve the airstrip. A private 2,500' dirt strip is located at Clear Sky Lodge. Lost Slough, a large slough of the Nenana River is located less than a mile west of town. It is used for fishing, but the river is too shallow for cargo transportation.

Organizations with Local Offices

City - City of Anderson
P.O. Box 3100
Anderson, AK 99744
Phone 907-582-2500
Fax 907-582-2496

Electric Utility - Golden Valley Electric Association, Incorporated
P.O. Box 71249
Fairbanks, AK 99701
Phone 907-458-5754


Regional Organizations

School District - Denali Borough School District
P.O. Box 280
Healy, AK 99743-0280
Phone 907-683-2278
Fax 907-683-2514

Regional Native Corporation - Doyon, Limited
1 Doyon Place, Suite 300
Fairbanks, AK 99701-2941
Phone 907-459-2000
Fax 907-459-2060

Regional Native Health Corporation - Tanana Chiefs Conference
122 First Ave, Suite 600
Fairbanks, AK 99701
Phone 907-452-8251
Fax 907-459-3851



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