Fairbanks has highest utility costs

It may come as no surprise to people living in Fairbanks, but a survey finds that Alaska's second largest city has by far the highest utility costs among urban areas nationwide.


The survey found that residents in Fairbanks pay more than double the national average for utilities.


Data collected by The Council for Community and Economic Research indicates that Fairbanks residents paid nearly 112 percent more than the typical urban resident in 2011.


That far outpaced the second-most expensive city for utilities. That city was Juneau, where residents paid 64 percent more than the average.