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 # 17-12590)
3 beds 3 baths 3,011 sqft $360,000
Tr 3 Clark-Wolverine Road Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of Tr 3 Clark-Wolverine Road, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-12519)
0 beds 0 baths $27,900
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
9792 S Old Glenn Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 9792 S Old Glenn, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-12497)
5 beds 2 baths 1,800 sqft $255,000
6480 N Farm Loop Road Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 6480 N Farm Loop Road, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-12466)
3 beds 2 baths 1,638 sqft $298,000
435 N Chugach Street Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 435 N Chugach Street, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-12460)
3 beds 2 baths 1,257 sqft $210,000
432 E Caribou Avenue Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 432 E Caribou Avenue, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-12453)
3 beds 1 bath 1,316 sqft $192,000
1010 Josselin Lane Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 1010 Josselin Lane, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-12408)
4 beds 3 baths 1,793 sqft $274,900
5800 N Rhonda Drive Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 5800 N Rhonda Drive, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-12220)
4 beds 2 baths 2,552 sqft $200,000
557 N Alaska Street Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 557 N Alaska Street, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-12216)
0 beds 0 baths $38,500
650 S Cobb Street Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 650 S Cobb Street, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-12114)
0 beds 0 baths 66,000 sqft $6,500,000
650 S Cobb Street Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 650 S Cobb Street, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-12110)
0 beds 0 baths 66,000 sqft
13615 E Field Lane Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 13615 E Field Lane, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-12059)
3 beds 2 baths 1,725 sqft $319,900
16100 E Ye Old River Road Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 16100 E Ye Old River Road, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-12058)
4 beds 4 baths 3,262 sqft $374,800
8005 E Commons Circle Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 8005 E Commons Circle, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-11998)
4 beds 3 baths 3,109 sqft $514,900

Sold Listings in Palmer

1355 N Winding Brook Loop #8 Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 1355 N Winding Brook Loop #8, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-11645)
1 bed 1 bath 728 sqft $875
8877 E Mint Circle Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 8877 E Mint Circle, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-11150)
3 beds 2 baths 1,512 sqft $265,000
2288 N Verde Drive Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 2288 N Verde Drive, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-11020)
3 beds 3 baths 1,890 sqft $1,725
8735 E Gold Pan Drive Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 8735 E Gold Pan Drive, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-10709)
0 beds 0 baths $99,000
17300 E Idle Drive Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 17300 E Idle Drive, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-10574)
0 beds 0 baths $64,000
267 S Bailey Street Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 267 S Bailey Street, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-10172)
2 beds 2 baths 1,864 sqft $180,000
4241 N Forestwood Drive #B Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 4241 N Forestwood Drive #B, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-10095)
3 beds 2 baths 1,274 sqft $1,350
1355 N Winding Brook Loop #5 Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 1355 N Winding Brook Loop #5, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-9729)
1 bed 1 bath 728 sqft $895
4241 N Forestwood Drive #A Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 4241 N Forestwood Drive #A, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-9543)
3 beds 2 baths 1,274 sqft $1,350
6090 S River View Drive Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 6090 S River View Drive, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-9415)
0 beds 0 baths $36,000
8761 E Kiva Way Palmer, AK 99645
4 beds 2 baths 2,358 sqft $1,850
8921 E Kiva Way Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 8921 E Kiva Way, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-9165)
3 beds 2 baths 1,928 sqft $1,950
1900 N Monte Vista Drive #1 Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 1900 N Monte Vista Drive #1, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-9109)
2 beds 2 baths 900 sqft $1,300
243 Silver Tip Drive Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 243 Silver Tip Drive, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-9068)
4 beds 3 baths 2,524 sqft $1,600
7371 E Timber Ridge Circle #1 Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 7371 E Timber Ridge Circle #1, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 17-9030)
3 beds 3 baths 1,440 sqft $1,450

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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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