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

191 S Wrangler Drive Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 191 S Wrangler Drive, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-6456)
3 beds 2 baths 1,489 sqft $290,000
205 N Pasture Place Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 205 N Pasture Place, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-6444)
3 beds 3 baths 1,562 sqft $293,500
273 S Conestoga Loop Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 273 S Conestoga Loop, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-6327)
5 beds 3 baths 2,283 sqft $409,000
231 E Dolphin Avenue Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 231 E Dolphin Avenue, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-6306)
2 beds 1 bath 960 sqft $184,000
1800 Equestrian Place Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 1800 Equestrian Place, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-6300)
4 beds 3 baths 1,660 sqft $299,900
14101 E Norman Avenue Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 14101 E Norman Avenue, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-6280)
3 beds 3 baths 2,276 sqft $255,000
580 W Montana Drive Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 580 W Montana Drive, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-6155)
4 beds 3 baths 1,648 sqft $229,900
1210 Joan Of Arc Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 1210 Joan Of Arc, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-6141)
3 beds 2 baths 1,658 sqft $244,900
A015 E Valley Crest Drive Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of A015 E Valley Crest Drive, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-6091)
0 beds 0 baths $259,000
1540 S Brooks Road Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 1540 S Brooks Road, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-6039)
3 beds 2 baths 1,641 sqft $125,000
11530 Verde Circle Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 11530 Verde Circle, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-6003)
3 beds 3 baths 1,753 sqft $268,500
501 S Bipond Drive Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 501 S Bipond Drive, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-5988)
3 beds 2 baths 3,183 sqft $370,000
712 S Tundra Flower Lane Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 712 S Tundra Flower Lane, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-5980)
4 beds 4 baths 2,883 sqft $464,900
13940 E Jersey Loop Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 13940 E Jersey Loop, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-5944)
3 beds 2 baths 1,728 sqft $1,800
1133 S Caulkins Street #3 Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 1133 S Caulkins Street #3, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-5940)
2 beds 1 bath 1,003 sqft $1,275

Sold Listings in Palmer

9630 E Trennie Loop #4 Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 9630 E Trennie Loop #4, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-4681)
3 beds 3 baths 1,336 sqft $1,345
2061 Palomino Lane Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 2061 Palomino Lane, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-4561)
3 beds 3 baths 1,651 sqft $1,750
15955 E Ptarmigan Road #5 Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 15955 E Ptarmigan Road #5, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-4500)
1 bed 1 bath 500 sqft $775
2020 Kentucky Derby Drive Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 2020 Kentucky Derby Drive, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-4485)
3 beds 3 baths 1,820 sqft $1,985
1395 S Williwaw Drive Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 1395 S Williwaw Drive, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-4365)
3 beds 2 baths 1,224 sqft $214,900
4965 N Caprice Drive Palmer, AK 99645
0 beds 0 baths $49,000
3180 N Dove Lane Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 3180 N Dove Lane, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-3761)
2 beds 2 baths 1,430 sqft $255,000
9725 E Trennie Loop #4 Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 9725 E Trennie Loop #4, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-3511)
3 beds 3 baths 1,310 sqft $1,295
9725 E Trennie Loop #1 Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 9725 E Trennie Loop #1, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-3510)
3 beds 3 baths 1,310 sqft $1,295
820 S Williwaw Drive Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 820 S Williwaw Drive, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-3003)
3 beds 2 baths 1,344 sqft $225,000
10170 N Solid Rock Circle Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 10170 N Solid Rock Circle, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-2910)
3 beds 3 baths 2,543 sqft $433,322
8715 N Sun Valley Drive Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 8715 N Sun Valley Drive, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-2609)
3 beds 3 baths 1,744 sqft $459,900
1355 N Winding Brook Loop #3 Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 1355 N Winding Brook Loop #3, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-2608)
1 bed 1 bath 728 sqft $895
1355 N Winding Brook Loop #1 Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 1355 N Winding Brook Loop #1, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-2607)
1 bed 1 bath 728 sqft $895
921 N Tina Lane Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 921 N Tina Lane, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 18-2567)
3 beds 2 baths 1,617 sqft $385,000

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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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