Palmer is the borough seat of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. It is part of the Anchorage Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city is 5,937.

The first people to live in the Matanuska Valley, where Palmer is located, were the Dena’ina and Ahtna Athabaskans. They moved throughout the area, living a subsistence lifestyle and trading with other native groups. Their trade routes were along the Matanuska River. Russians came to Alaska in 1741 and brought the Russian Orthodox religious tradition to the indigenous peoples of the region. In the mid-1880s, an entrepreneur named George W. Palmer built a trading post on the Matanuska River, near present-day Palmer. The town was later named after Palmer.[2]

In the late 19th century, the U.S. government began to take interest in the Matanuska coal fields located north of Palmer. This interest sparked financiers to consider constructing the Alaska Central Railroad in 1904. The advent of World War I created a need for high quality coal to fuel US battleships, and by 1917 the US Navy had constructed rail from the port of Seward to the Chickaloon coal deposits. At the end of World War I, the US Navy distributed land in the coal fields to war veterans and additional land was opened to homesteading. Farmers, miners and homesteaders began to populate the area. The Palmer Post Office was opened July 6, 1917 under the name of Warton. With railroad accessibility, new markets for agriculture began to open up for farmers in the Matanuska Valley.

Palmer Real Estate Listings

Active Listings in Palmer

8845 E Kilkenny Drive Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 8845 E Kilkenny Drive, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 19-594)
3 beds 2 baths 1,380 sqft $1,900
3900 N Snowgoose Road Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 3900 N Snowgoose Road, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 19-535)
0 beds 0 baths $89,900
12493 E Fence Line Drive Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 12493 E Fence Line Drive, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 19-420)
4 beds 3 baths 2,530 sqft $399,900
1265 S Williwaw Drive Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 1265 S Williwaw Drive, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 19-357)
3 beds 2 baths 1,363 sqft $260,000
1294 S Thalo Drive Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 1294 S Thalo Drive, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 19-338)
3 beds 2 baths 1,232 sqft $239,000
7572 E Riparian Loop Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 7572 E Riparian Loop, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 19-317)
4 beds 3 baths 2,298 sqft $399,000
247 S Alaska Street Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 247 S Alaska Street, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 19-316)
0 beds 0 baths 5,400 sqft $850,000
1855 N Kentucky Derby Drive Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 1855 N Kentucky Derby Drive, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 19-307)
3 beds 3 baths 2,272 sqft $272,400
4504 N Heaton Road Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 4504 N Heaton Road, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 19-287)
6 beds 4 baths 4,494 sqft $599,000
MLS # 19-184 Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 19-184)
1 bed 1 bath $600
1115 W Granville Street Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 1115 W Granville Street, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 19-145)
3 beds 3 baths 2,412 sqft $289,900
1540 S Brooks Road Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 1540 S Brooks Road, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 19-139)
3 beds 2 baths 1,641 sqft $79,900
13754 E Hay Wagon Way Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 13754 E Hay Wagon Way, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 19-98)
4 beds 3 baths 1,871 sqft $299,900
3450 S Eielson Circle Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 3450 S Eielson Circle, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 19-73)
5 beds 5 baths 4,700 sqft $738,000
18005 E Pine Needle Way Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 18005 E Pine Needle Way, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 19-44)
3 beds 2 baths 1,914 sqft $290,000

Sold Listings in Palmer

8916 Gold Pan Drive Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 8916 Gold Pan Drive, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 19-111)
3 beds 2 baths 1,795 sqft $250,000
8440 E Gold Bullion Boulevard Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 8440 E Gold Bullion Boulevard, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-19927)
4 beds 3 baths 2,106 sqft $350,000
7750 N Archangel Circle Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 7750 N Archangel Circle, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-19148)
3 beds 2 baths 1,691 sqft $1,600
2215 N Tabasco Cat Drive Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 2215 N Tabasco Cat Drive, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-19006)
5 beds 3 baths 2,516 sqft $315,000
2450 N Arabian Lane Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 2450 N Arabian Lane, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-18875)
3 beds 2 baths 1,782 sqft $340,000
630 Wildrose Circle Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 630 Wildrose Circle, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-18858)
3 beds 1 bath 1,112 sqft $1,300
685 N Sandbar Circle Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 685 N Sandbar Circle, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-18708)
3 beds 3 baths 1,463 sqft $1,700
10862 E Blackeyed Susan Lane Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 10862 E Blackeyed Susan Lane, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-18683)
4 beds 3 baths 1,600 sqft $265,000
9755 E Trennie Loop #2 Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 9755 E Trennie Loop #2, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-18661)
3 beds 3 baths 1,310 sqft $1,265
1633 S Chugach Street #A2 Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 1633 S Chugach Street #A2, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-18646)
2 beds 1 bath 800 sqft $900
1240 W Tammy Circle Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 1240 W Tammy Circle, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-18594)
4 beds 3 baths 1,929 sqft $249,000
248 N Shorthorn Place Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 248 N Shorthorn Place, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-18510)
3 beds 2 baths 1,251 sqft $1,550
4576 N Ryder Drive Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 4576 N Ryder Drive, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-18336)
4 beds 3 baths 2,276 sqft $219,000
13708 E Jersey Loop Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 13708 E Jersey Loop, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-18247)
3 beds 2 baths 1,405 sqft $1,590
9795 E Trennie Loop #4 Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 9795 E Trennie Loop #4, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-18142)
3 beds 3 baths 1,310 sqft $1,295

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Palmer School Data

Palmer School Districts

Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District
PK-12
http://www.matsuk12.us/

Palmer Schools

Palmer High School
9-12, public
http://www.phs.matsuk12.us/
Sherrod Elementary School
3-5, public
https://education.alaska.gov/DOE_Rolodex/SchoolCalendar/Home/SchoolDetails/330060
Swanson Elementary School
PK-2, public
Academy Charter School
K-8, charter
Palmer Middle School
6-8, public
http://www.pjm.matsuk12.us/
Pioneer Peak Elementary School
PK-5, public
Colony High School
9-12, public
Colony Middle School
6-8, public
Butte Elementary School
PK-5, public
Beryozova School
K-12, public
Amazing Grace Academy
PK-12, private
http://www.amazinggraceacademy.org
Matanuska Christian School
PK-12, private
Valley Christian School
K-12, private
Mat-Su Youth Facility
6-12, public
Valley Pathways
9-12, public
Seeuonline.Org
n/a, public
Birchtree Charter School
K-8, charter
Ya NE Dah Ah School
1-12, private

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