Fort Greely, AK Local Information
Fort Greely is located near Delta Junction, Alaska, in the Southeast Fairbanks area. Delta Junction has a population of 975 people. Other communities in the area include North Pole, population 2,225, and Deltana, 2,250. Fairbanks is the closest major city, though it is still 100 miles northwest of Fort Greely, and has a population of 32,070.
Local Rental Housing Prices: The average price to rent a home in Delta Junction ranges from $590 to $955, with a median of about $780. The price in North Pole is about $800, while Deltana is about $930.
Local Purchase Housing Prices: The average cost to purchase a home in Delta Junction is about $178,700, compared to $241,400 for Alaska. The average price in North Pole and Deltana is about $205,000.
Short Description of the Area: Fort Greely and Delta Junction are in the unofficial county of Southeast Fairbanks, at the junction of the Delta and Tanana Rivers, in Interior Alaska. The Richardson Highway, one of the only major roads in this area, follows the Tanana River north to Fairbanks and is the only way to drive there, besides driving aboard a river ferry. Deltana is just 12 miles south of Delta Junction on the AK Highway. Fairbanks, 100 miles to the northwest, is the second largest city in the state and has a population of 32,070 in the city and a greater area population of over 100,000. Alaska is a very unique state and residents will see a more limited lifestyle in some ways compared to the continental U.S. Just about anything you want to go do will take much longer to drive to, but the state also offers many experiences you cannot find anywhere else.
Climate and Weather: The Fort Greely-Fairbanks area is one of the coldest places in the state of Alaska and has a subarctic climate as it is less than 120 miles from the Arctic Circle. The average temperature in January is -2.5 degrees Fahrenheit, with lows often reaching -15 or -25 degrees. The average temperature in July is about 60.3 degrees, and highs can be in the 70s. The annual precipitation is around 13 inches, mostly falling during the short summer months. There is an average of about 50 inches of snow here every year during the months of September to April, with most snow falling in October to January. Ice fog and temperature inversions can occur here, creating some odd weather. Inversion occurs when warm air moves over cold air and traps the cold closer to the ground, usually under a layer of fog. Daylight is another factor in temperature; closest to the height of summer there are about 21 hours of daylight, while in the middle of winter there are only about 3 hours of daylight. (Fun fact: The city of North Pole has the confirmed all-time lowest temperature on record of a populated place, a very chilly -71 degrees Fahrenheit.)