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

658 E Eklutna Avenue Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 658 E Eklutna Avenue, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 19-12256)
3 beds 2 baths 1,320 sqft $170,000
9680 E Forest Grove Circle 9a Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 9680 E Forest Grove Circle 9a, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 19-12215)
3 beds 2 baths 1,483 sqft $229,900
1295 S Chugach Street #B Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 1295 S Chugach Street #B, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 19-12198)
2 beds 1 bath 850 sqft $1,000
9236 E Silver Spring Circle Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 9236 E Silver Spring Circle, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 19-12163)
0 beds 0 baths $69,000
25559 Buckshot Drive Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 25559 Buckshot Drive, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 19-12140)
3 beds 2 baths 1,620 sqft $324,900
13654 Constitution Drive Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 13654 Constitution Drive, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 19-12081)
0 beds 0 baths $18,000
10410 E Olivewood Drive Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 10410 E Olivewood Drive, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 19-12074)
3 beds 3 baths 2,112 sqft $315,000
4100 Campbell Road Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 4100 Campbell Road, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 19-12053)
3 beds 2 baths 2,351 sqft $260,000
9725 E Trennie Loop #4 Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 9725 E Trennie Loop #4, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 19-12005)
3 beds 3 baths 1,310 sqft $1,295
1007 S Dimond Street Palmer, AK 99645
3 beds 1 bath 1,056 sqft $1,300
8118 E Snow Cave Circle Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 8118 E Snow Cave Circle, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 19-11967)
3 beds 2 baths 1,200 sqft $1,300
15955 E Ptarmigan Road #1 Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 15955 E Ptarmigan Road #1, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 19-11957)
0 beds 1 bath 500 sqft $650
8112 E Union Avenue Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 8112 E Union Avenue, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 19-11847)
3 beds 2 baths 1,624 sqft $294,900
1161 S Lower Road Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 1161 S Lower Road, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 19-11826)
3 beds 2 baths 2,032 sqft $259,950
11945 E Weathervane Circle Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 11945 E Weathervane Circle, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 19-11712)
3 beds 3 baths 1,740 sqft $268,000

Sold Listings in Palmer

14071 E Outer Springer Loop Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 14071 E Outer Springer Loop, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 19-11414)
2 beds 2 baths 950 sqft $900
1019 S Felton Street Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 1019 S Felton Street, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 19-11208)
3 beds 2 baths 1,973 sqft $1,500
11315 E Equestrian Street Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 11315 E Equestrian Street, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 19-10518)
3 beds 3 baths 1,884 sqft $1,850
7310 E Timber Ridge Circle #2 Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 7310 E Timber Ridge Circle #2, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 19-10405)
3 beds 3 baths 1,450 sqft $1,400
8018 S Bending Birch Circle Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 8018 S Bending Birch Circle, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 19-10323)
0 beds 0 baths $27,000
1415 N Old Towne Drive Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 1415 N Old Towne Drive, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 19-9855)
3 beds 2 baths 1,736 sqft $1,550
9140 N Narrow Gate Road Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 9140 N Narrow Gate Road, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 19-9489)
2 beds 1 bath 2,160 sqft $315,000
11520 E Verde Circle Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 11520 E Verde Circle, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 19-9197)
3 beds 3 baths 1,714 sqft $1,895
685 N Sandbar Circle Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 685 N Sandbar Circle, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 19-9039)
3 beds 3 baths 1,463 sqft $1,700
1355 N Winding Brook Loop #1 Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 1355 N Winding Brook Loop #1, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 19-8981)
1 bed 1 bath 728 sqft $895
9750 E Trennie Loop #3 Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 9750 E Trennie Loop #3, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 19-8975)
3 beds 3 baths 1,310 sqft $1,265
9720 E Trennie Loop #4 Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 9720 E Trennie Loop #4, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 19-8974)
3 beds 3 baths 1,310 sqft $1,265
2321 N Broadway Drive Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 2321 N Broadway Drive, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 19-8960)
3 beds 2 baths 1,527 sqft $1,700
9290 N Narrow Gate Road Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 9290 N Narrow Gate Road, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 19-8953)
2 beds 2 baths 1,536 sqft $235,000
705 W Coville Circle Palmer, AK 99645
Photo of 705 W Coville Circle, Palmer, AK 99645 (MLS # 19-8937)
0 beds 0 baths $49,900

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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
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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