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

11000 E Yarrow Road Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 11000 E Yarrow Road, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-12636)
3 beds 3 baths 2,871 sqft $299,900
11751 S Back Home Drive Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 11751 S Back Home Drive, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-12585)
0 beds 0 baths $450,000
11660 S Back Home Drive Palmer, AK 99654
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0 beds 0 baths $750,000
11561 S Back Home Drive Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 11561 S Back Home Drive, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-12579)
0 beds 0 baths $85,000
11495 S Back Home Drive Palmer, AK 99645
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0 beds 0 baths $85,000
11414 S Back Home Drive Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 11414 S Back Home Drive, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-12574)
0 beds 0 baths $85,000
11290 S Nystrom Way Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 11290 S Nystrom Way, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-12572)
0 beds 0 baths $85,000
6680 E Wilderness Circle Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 6680 E Wilderness Circle, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-12571)
3 beds 3 baths 2,032 sqft $324,999
11280 S Nystrom Way Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 11280 S Nystrom Way, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-12569)
0 beds 0 baths $85,000
230 Anna Street Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 230 Anna Street, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-12539)
3 beds 1 bath 1,020 sqft $196,000
8703 E Wolf Creek Road Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 8703 E Wolf Creek Road, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-12527)
4 beds 3 baths 2,426 sqft $417,135
4061 S Caudill Road Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 4061 S Caudill Road, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-12500)
3 beds 2 baths 1,756 sqft $2,150
1250 Woodstock Drive Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 1250 Woodstock Drive, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-12445)
2 beds 1 bath 988 sqft $1,325
1633 S Chugach Street #B10 Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 1633 S Chugach Street #B10, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-12440)
3 beds 1 bath 900 sqft $1,025
10195 E Strand Drive Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 10195 E Strand Drive, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-12417)
3 beds 2 baths 1,476 sqft $235,000

Sold Listings in Palmer

10090 E Strand Drive Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 10090 E Strand Drive, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-10797)
0 beds 0 baths $50,000
5400 Nodding Court Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 5400 Nodding Court, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-10743)
0 beds 0 baths $179,000
450 N Angus Loop Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 450 N Angus Loop, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-10320)
3 beds 3 baths 1,900 sqft $1,700
7541 E Reisner Loop Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 7541 E Reisner Loop, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-9784)
0 beds 0 baths $45,000
3650 S George Plumley Road Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 3650 S George Plumley Road, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-9554)
2 beds 2 baths 2,016 sqft $159,000
9725 E Trennie Loop #4 Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 9725 E Trennie Loop #4, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-9516)
3 beds 3 baths 1,310 sqft $1,295
9720 E Trennie Loop #3 Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 9720 E Trennie Loop #3, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-9515)
3 beds 3 baths 1,310 sqft $1,265
4650 S Bodenburg Loop Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 4650 S Bodenburg Loop, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-9427)
3 beds 2 baths 1,707 sqft $150,000
L1 B3 Britchenstrap Drive Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of L1 B3 Britchenstrap Drive, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-9373)
0 beds 0 baths 1,120 sqft $100,000
161 S Glengarry Street Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 161 S Glengarry Street, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-9299)
2 beds 1 bath 1,120 sqft $205,000
7371 E Timber Ridge Circle #3 Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 7371 E Timber Ridge Circle #3, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-9102)
3 beds 3 baths 1,440 sqft $1,400
545 S Warmwood Way Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 545 S Warmwood Way, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-9056)
3 beds 2 baths 1,192 sqft $234,900
533 E Eklutna Avenue Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 533 E Eklutna Avenue, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-8962)
3 beds 1 bath 1,128 sqft $189,000
630 Wildrose Circle Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 630 Wildrose Circle, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-8901)
3 beds 1 bath 1,112 sqft $1,300
9725 E Trennie Loop #1 Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 9725 E Trennie Loop #1, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-8895)
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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