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Palmer is in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, in the Anchorage metro area.

It is the borough seat.

The city was named for George Palmer, trader.

The latitude of Palmer is 61.599N. The longitude is -149.112W.

It is in the Alaska Standard time zone. Elevation is 233 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 5,742.


INCOME SNAPSHOT
Median household income
Local
$45,571
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Palmer demographic reports
Palmer is on the Matanuska River.
An experimental community called the Matanuska Valley Colony located here in 1935 as part of a Federal Emergency Relief Administration project. Many families soon left, but descendants of some colonists remain in the area.
Site of Guinness World Record for "Biggest Broccoli," achieved in 1993 with a 35-pound specimen grown by local residents John and Mary Evans
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 56. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 10.3 per 1,000 people.
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Alaska State Fair - Aug. 23-Sept. 3, 2007
  • Colony Days - June 8-10, 2007
Dates often change. Check Palmer web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Bonnie Lake, Finger Lake, Long Lake
Historic sites and museums: Palmer Museum, Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was on par with the national average. (See library links below.)

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Census & demographics

Sections below provide additional information and links about Palmer demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Anchorage area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 99645 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

19% of Palmer residents report German ancestry, and 10% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Palmer ancestry & family history guide.

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Economy

At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Palmer was $17,203, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

15% of Palmer residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

Entertainment
Environment
Fairs, festivals & other events
Palmer festival dates:

Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.

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Geocaching & geography
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Government
Guides to Palmer
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History

Historic districts in Palmer include Matanuska Colony Community Center ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Palmer, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $557.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $969.


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Libraries

Libraries in Palmer include Palmer Public Library ... View libraries

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The average commute time for Palmer workers is 39 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

Travel

Hotels in Palmer include Gold Miners Hotel.

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