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

440 N Dawson Circle Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 440 N Dawson Circle, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-2448)
5 beds 3 baths 2,173 sqft $325,000
14835 Hearthstone Drive Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 14835 Hearthstone Drive, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-2396)
3 beds 1 bath 1,251 sqft $214,000
337 & 353 S Denali Street Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 337 & 353 S Denali Street, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-2352)
0 beds 0 baths 2,688 sqft $350,000
9660 E Trennie Loop #2 Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 9660 E Trennie Loop #2, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-2316)
4 beds 3 baths 1,560 sqft $1,595
9660 E Trennie Loop #1 Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 9660 E Trennie Loop #1, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-2315)
4 beds 3 baths 1,560 sqft $1,645
9725 E Trennie Loop #4 Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 9725 E Trennie Loop #4, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-2313)
3 beds 3 baths 1,310 sqft $1,295
9630 E Trennie Loop #3 Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 9630 E Trennie Loop #3, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-2311)
3 beds 3 baths 1,336 sqft $1,315
9635 E Trennie Loop #3 Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 9635 E Trennie Loop #3, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-2308)
3 beds 3 baths 1,336 sqft $1,315
9695 E Trennie Loop #3 Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 9695 E Trennie Loop #3, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-2306)
3 beds 3 baths 1,336 sqft $1,315
9755 E Trennie Loop #4 Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 9755 E Trennie Loop #4, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-2302)
3 beds 3 baths 1,310 sqft $1,295
9750 E Trennie Loop #3 Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 9750 E Trennie Loop #3, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-2295)
3 beds 3 baths 1,310 sqft $1,265
9795 E Trennie Loop #2 Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 9795 E Trennie Loop #2, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-2293)
3 beds 3 baths 1,310 sqft $1,265
3850 S Lazenby Road #D Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 3850 S Lazenby Road #D, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-2284)
1 bed 1 bath 560 sqft $750
7500 E Saphire Road Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 7500 E Saphire Road, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-2279)
3 beds 3 baths 1,600 sqft $235,000
1150 S Felicia Street Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 1150 S Felicia Street, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-2273)
4 beds 3 baths 1,864 sqft $299,900

Sold Listings in Palmer

13708 E Jersey Loop Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 13708 E Jersey Loop, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-1479)
3 beds 2 baths 1,405 sqft $1,590
7310 E Timber Ridge Circle #2 Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 7310 E Timber Ridge Circle #2, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-893)
3 beds 3 baths 1,450 sqft $1,400
725 W Coville Circle Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 725 W Coville Circle, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-292)
4 beds 3 baths 1,880 sqft $239,900
1010 W Josselin Lane Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 1010 W Josselin Lane, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-282)
4 beds 3 baths 1,890 sqft $1,650
11511 E Crimsonview Drive Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 11511 E Crimsonview Drive, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-91)
5 beds 3 baths 2,513 sqft $349,900
6301 N Crupperdock Drive Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 6301 N Crupperdock Drive, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-69)
3 beds 3 baths 2,044 sqft $325,000
A004 Engstrom Road Palmer, AK 99645
0 beds 0 baths $780,000
135 E Auklet Avenue #2 Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 135 E Auklet Avenue #2, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-20023)
3 beds 1 bath 1,050 sqft $1,195
1133 S Caulkins Street #1 Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 1133 S Caulkins Street #1, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-20015)
2 beds 1 bath 1,003 sqft $1,250
352 E Blueberry Avenue #11 Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 352 E Blueberry Avenue #11, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-19888)
2 beds 1 bath 975 sqft $950
10896 E Timber Country Circle Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 10896 E Timber Country Circle, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-19823)
3 beds 2 baths 1,550 sqft $1,495
2081 S Kaye Marie Drive Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 2081 S Kaye Marie Drive, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-19547)
3 beds 1 bath 1,090 sqft $1,100
9216 E Spring Creek Circle Palmer, AK 99654
Photo of 9216 E Spring Creek Circle, Palmer, AK 99654 (MLS # 17-19410)
4 beds 3 baths 2,032 sqft $324,000
8481 E Queensboro Avenue Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 8481 E Queensboro Avenue, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-19255)
4 beds 3 baths 2,110 sqft $2,000
9790 E Strand Drive Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 9790 E Strand Drive, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-19253)
4 beds 2 baths 2,027 sqft $309,000

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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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