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

2216 N Thunder Gulch Circle Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 2216 N Thunder Gulch Circle, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-16513)
3 beds 2 baths 1,585 sqft $244,500
1102 S Rebecca Drive Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 1102 S Rebecca Drive, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-16487)
3 beds 3 baths 1,681 sqft $259,000
750 N Marcell Loop Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 750 N Marcell Loop, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-16470)
1 bed 1 bath 464 sqft $42,500
2350 N Cotswald Circle Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 2350 N Cotswald Circle, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-16430)
2 beds 2 baths 834 sqft $1,900
7620 E Ashmore Avenue Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 7620 E Ashmore Avenue, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-16431)
0 beds 0 baths 3,340 sqft $435,000
7620 E Ashmore Avenue Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 7620 E Ashmore Avenue, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-16429)
5 beds 3 baths 3,340 sqft $435,000
8257 N Snowy Pass Circle Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 8257 N Snowy Pass Circle, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-16388)
9 beds 5 baths 4,148 sqft $577,500
2132 N Verde Drive Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 2132 N Verde Drive, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-16360)
3 beds 3 baths 1,863 sqft $275,000
252 N Tiffany Drive Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 252 N Tiffany Drive, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-16314)
4 beds 3 baths 2,046 sqft $2,000
3501 Seagull Drive Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 3501 Seagull Drive, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-16271)
3 beds 2 baths 1,898 sqft $285,000
520 E Caribou Avenue Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 520 E Caribou Avenue, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-16250)
3 beds 1 bath 960 sqft $165,000
15562 E Outer Springer Loop Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 15562 E Outer Springer Loop, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-16246)
2 beds 1 bath 996 sqft $187,000
1012 S Settlers Circle Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 1012 S Settlers Circle, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-16212)
5 beds 3 baths 2,533 sqft $2,200
11985 E Weathervane Circle Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 11985 E Weathervane Circle, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-16169)
3 beds 2 baths 1,020 sqft $212,500
21913 E Snowball Circle Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 21913 E Snowball Circle, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-16036)
4 beds 2 baths 2,042 sqft $189,500

Sold Listings in Palmer

15450 Mothershead Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 15450 Mothershead, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-15034)
3 beds 3 baths 2,560 sqft $2,000
14014 E Jersey Loop Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 14014 E Jersey Loop, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-14838)
4 beds 3 baths 1,702 sqft $1,000
1325 S Chugach Street Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 1325 S Chugach Street, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-14349)
4 beds 2 baths 1,700 sqft $259,900
1180 S Pinnacle Mountain Drive Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 1180 S Pinnacle Mountain Drive, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-14238)
3 beds 2 baths 1,675 sqft $247,500
10350 E Cody Lane Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 10350 E Cody Lane, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-13787)
0 beds 0 baths $59,500
9660 E Trennie Loop #4 Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 9660 E Trennie Loop #4, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-13473)
4 beds 3 baths 1,650 sqft $1,650
1761 Driftwood Circle Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 1761 Driftwood Circle, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-13233)
4 beds 3 baths 3,072 sqft $399,900
630 Wildrose Circle Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 630 Wildrose Circle, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-13181)
3 beds 1 bath 1,112 sqft $1,400
25980 E Phoenicia Circle Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 25980 E Phoenicia Circle, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-13176)
3 beds 3 baths 2,448 sqft $310,750
399 S Vickie Circle Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 399 S Vickie Circle, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-12875)
3 beds 3 baths 1,842 sqft $289,000
L2 Valley Crest East Palmer, AK 99645
0 beds 0 baths $76,000
2051 N Hemmer Road Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 2051 N Hemmer Road, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-12741)
2 beds 1 bath 1,224 sqft $285,000
125 Montgomery Way Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 125 Montgomery Way, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-12560)
3 beds 1 bath 1,120 sqft $169,900
8901 E Times Square Circle Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 8901 E Times Square Circle, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-12506)
3 beds 3 baths 1,595 sqft $1,600
910 W Josh Drive Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 910 W Josh Drive, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-12087)
2 beds 1 bath 912 sqft $175,000

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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
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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