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

25766 E Justin Road Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 25766 E Justin Road, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-8424)
2 beds 1 bath 1,728 sqft $209,000
5305 N Heidi Drive Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 5305 N Heidi Drive, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-8362)
3 beds 2 baths 3,378 sqft $319,900
7530 N Nugget Circle Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 7530 N Nugget Circle, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-8277)
3 beds 2 baths 1,816 sqft $325,000
12780 E Archie Road Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 12780 E Archie Road, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-8265)
0 beds 0 baths $175,000
10931 E Twin Peaks Court Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 10931 E Twin Peaks Court, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-8233)
3 beds 2 baths 1,756 sqft $1,500
517 N Chugach Street Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 517 N Chugach Street, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-8210)
3 beds 2 baths 1,410 sqft $195,000
11701 E Jenny Circle Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 11701 E Jenny Circle, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-8181)
4 beds 3 baths 1,846 sqft $279,000
1980 S Eklutna Street Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 1980 S Eklutna Street, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-8168)
0 beds 0 baths $256,000
520 E City Circle Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 520 E City Circle, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-8163)
0 beds 0 baths $185,000
910 S Idaho Peak Circle Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 910 S Idaho Peak Circle, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-8141)
3 beds 3 baths 1,426 sqft $259,900
1295 S Chugach Street Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 1295 S Chugach Street, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-8000)
4 beds 2 baths 1,700 sqft $259,900
17179 Smith Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 17179 Smith, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-7992)
0 beds 0 baths $64,000
7724 E Tributary Avenue Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 7724 E Tributary Avenue, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-7881)
3 beds 3 baths 3,048 sqft $459,000
11001 E Larose Road Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 11001 E Larose Road, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-7835)
3 beds 2 baths 2,212 sqft $438,000
175 W Arctic Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 175 W Arctic, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-7831)
0 beds 0 baths 800 sqft $1,650,000

Sold Listings in Palmer

1060 N Tina Lane Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 1060 N Tina Lane, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-8188)
3 beds 2 baths 1,644 sqft $250,000
900 S Ingolf Street Palmer, AK 99645
0 beds 0 baths $300,000
540 W Jepson Circle Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 540 W Jepson Circle, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-6473)
2 beds 1 bath 1,168 sqft $1,500
7380 E Timber Ridge Circle #2 Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 7380 E Timber Ridge Circle #2, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-6167)
3 beds 3 baths 1,450 sqft $1,400
2214 N Tabasco Cat Drive Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 2214 N Tabasco Cat Drive, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-6155)
3 beds 3 baths 2,200 sqft $310,000
1840 N Monte Vista Drive #B Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 1840 N Monte Vista Drive #B, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-5831)
3 beds 2 baths 1,330 sqft $1,750
1355 N Winding Brook Loop #10 Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 1355 N Winding Brook Loop #10, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-5683)
1 bed 1 bath 728 sqft $875
239 N Brimar Street Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 239 N Brimar Street, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-5515)
3 beds 2 baths 1,440 sqft $230,000
6097 N Farm Loop Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 6097 N Farm Loop, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-5442)
0 beds 0 baths $299,000
4860 N Riverstone Circle Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 4860 N Riverstone Circle, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-4719)
4 beds 4 baths 2,615 sqft $466,513
9191 E Lexington Street Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 9191 E Lexington Street, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-4607)
4 beds 2 baths 2,285 sqft $299,900
12300 E Biscane Drive Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 12300 E Biscane Drive, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-4437)
3 beds 3 baths 3,024 sqft $389,900
8992 S River Drive Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 8992 S River Drive, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-4231)
2 beds 2 baths 1,152 sqft $245,000
4209 N Forestwood Drive #B Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 4209 N Forestwood Drive #B, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-4149)
3 beds 2 baths 1,156 sqft $1,350
11461 E Crimsonview Drive Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 11461 E Crimsonview Drive, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-4022)
3 beds 3 baths 1,728 sqft $269,900

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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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