Palmer, Alaska

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Population in 2017: 7,209 (100% urban, 0% rural).
Population change since 2000: +59.0%
Males: 3,669  (50.9%)
Females: 3,540  (49.1%)
Median resident age:

30.7 years
Alaska median age:

34.5 years

Zip codes: 99645.

Estimated median household income in 2017: $61,497 (it was $45,571 in 2000)
Palmer:

$61,497
AK:

$73,181

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $23,457 (it was $17,203 in 2000)

Palmer city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $212,116 (it was $102,300 in 2000)
Palmer:

$212,116
AK:

$273,100

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $254,347; detached houses: $253,660; townhouses or other attached units: $560,562; in 2-unit structures: $243,468; in 3-to-4-unit structures: $214,548; in 5-or-more-unit structures: $119,002; mobile homes: $66,417; occupied boats, rvs, vans, etc.: $392,580

Median gross rent in 2017: $985.

March 2019 cost of living index in Palmer: 101.8 (near average, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 11.1%
(8.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 34.6% for Black residents, 11.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 21.5% for American Indian residents, 11.8% for other race residents, 18.9% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Palmer, AK (2017)
    • 5,05671.3%White alone
    • 72710.2%Two or more races
    • 6258.8%American Indian alone
    • 4005.6%Hispanic
    • 1952.7%Black alone
    • 1131.6%Asian alone
    • 370.5%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone

Races in Palmer detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth



According to our research of Alaska and other state lists, there were 39 registered sex offenders living in Palmer, Alaska as of May 29, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Palmer is 178 to 1.


Crime rates in Palmer by year

Type

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Murders
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(13.9)
0
(0.0)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
2
(28.6)
4
(50.4)
2
(24.1)
3
(34.5)
3
(33.5)
1
(16.6)
2
(32.3)
7
(108.5)
7
(106.3)
6
(90.2)
4
(57.5)
1
(13.9)
3
(40.5)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
4
(64.1)
6
(85.9)
1
(12.6)
3
(36.2)
0
(0.0)
3
(33.5)
1
(16.6)
2
(32.3)
0
(0.0)
1
(15.2)
0
(0.0)
3
(43.1)
4
(55.7)
2
(27.0)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
53
(849.4)
53
(758.6)
60
(756.5)
55
(663.3)
24
(275.7)
28
(312.4)
17
(281.4)
14
(226.0)
13
(201.5)
4
(60.8)
16
(240.5)
19
(273.0)
14
(194.9)
21
(283.7)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
16
(256.4)
16
(229.0)
23
(290.0)
32
(385.9)
48
(551.3)
25
(278.9)
19
(314.5)
16
(258.2)
13
(201.5)
22
(334.2)
14
(210.5)
10
(143.7)
19
(264.5)
12
(162.1)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
183
(2,933)
211
(3,020)
242
(3,051)
262
(3,160)
195
(2,240)
170
(1,896)
176
(2,913)
103
(1,662)
145
(2,247)
130
(1,975)
98
(1,473)
140
(2,012)
208
(2,895)
215
(2,904)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
14
(224.4)
8
(114.5)
17
(214.3)
10
(120.6)
6
(68.9)
12
(133.9)
2
(33.1)
7
(113.0)
5
(77.5)
14
(212.7)
9
(135.3)
18
(258.7)
17
(236.6)
17
(229.6)
Arson
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
2
(28.6)
2
(25.2)
0
(0.0)
1
(11.5)
4
(44.6)
1
(16.6)
6
(96.8)
2
(31.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
City-Data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 274.0)342.3346.4354.9325.9216.4205.4215.7174.3237.3221.2204.8224.7247.9243.1

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City-data.com crime index in Palmer, AK

Crime rate in Palmer detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2018, including police officers: 25 (15 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.03
Alaska average:

1.73
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Ancestries: German (13.3%), American (7.6%), English (7.6%), Irish (6.2%), European (3.3%), Scottish (2.3%).

Current Local Time: AKST time zone

Elevation: 239 feet

Land area: 3.76 square miles.

Population density: 1,918 people per square mile   (low).

Palmer, Alaska map

225 residents are foreign born (1.0% Europe, 0.8% Latin America, 0.5% Asia).

This city:

3.2%
Alaska:

100.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $2,384 (1.1%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $2,221 (1.0%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Anchorage, AK (35.5 miles , pop. 260,283).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Los Angeles, CA (2333.9 miles , pop. 3,694,820).

Nearest cities:

Farm Loop, AK (1.4 miles ),
Lazy Mountain, AK (1.7 miles ),
Butte, AK (2.2 miles ),
Gateway, AK (2.2 miles ),
Buffalo Soapstone, AK (2.5 miles ),
Lakes, AK (2.5 miles ),
Fishhook, AK (2.7 miles ),
Knik River, AK (2.7 miles )

Latitude: 61.60 N, Longitude: 149.12 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +3,358 (+47.3%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 1,064 (36.3%)

Area code: 907

Distribution of median household income in Palmer, AK in 2017
Distribution of house value in Palmer, AK in 2017

Palmer tourist attractions:

Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

8.3%
Alaska:

7.2%
Population change in the 1990s: +1,599 (+54.5%).
Most common industries in Palmer, AK (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Health care (11.8%)
  • Public administration (9.6%)
  • Accommodation & food services (9.1%)
  • Educational services (8.6%)
  • Construction (6.4%)
  • Social assistance (5.2%)
  • Finance & insurance (3.9%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Public administration (12.1%)
  • Construction (11.2%)
  • Accommodation & food services (6.6%)
  • Educational services (6.4%)
  • Health care (6.0%)
  • Motor vehicle & parts dealers (4.6%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (4.1%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (18.3%)
  • Accommodation & food services (11.8%)
  • Educational services (11.1%)
  • Social assistance (9.0%)
  • Public administration (6.8%)
  • Finance & insurance (6.3%)
  • Personal & laundry services (3.6%)
Most common occupations in Palmer, AK (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (5.2%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (4.8%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4.8%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (4.3%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (3.6%)
  • Child care workers (3.3%)
  • Counselors, social workers, and other community and social service specialists (3.0%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (8.2%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (5.2%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4.6%)
  • Other protective service workers, including supervisors (4.5%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (4.4%)
  • Construction traders workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (4.0%)
  • Counselors, social workers, and other community and social service specialists (3.3%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (9.3%)
  • Child care workers (7.0%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (6.6%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (5.3%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5.0%)
  • Financial clerks, except bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerks (4.8%)
  • Cashiers (4.2%)

Average climate in Palmer, Alaska

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Palmer, Alaska environmental map by EPA

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Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI CO Ozone PM10 PM2.5
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 84.0. This is about average.

City:

84.0
U.S.:

74.2
Carbon Monoxide Level
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2018 was 22.0. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 0.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

22.0
U.S.:

33.3
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 10.2. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 0.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

10.2
U.S.:

19.6
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 3.23. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 0.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

3.23
U.S.:

8.46

Earthquake activity:

Palmer-area historical earthquake activity is above Alaska state average. It is 823% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 3/28/1964 at 03:36:12, a magnitude 9.2 (9.2 UK, Class: Great, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 63.9 miles away from the city center, causing $1,020,000,000 total damage
On 11/3/2002 at 22:12:41, a magnitude 8.5 (7.0 MB, 8.5 MS, 7.9 MW, 8.1 ME, Depth: 3.0 mi) earthquake occurred 141.1 miles away from Palmer center
On 8/27/1904 at 21:56:06, a magnitude 8.3 (8.3 UK) earthquake occurred 176.2 miles away from Palmer center
On 10/9/1900 at 12:28:00, a magnitude 8.3 (8.3 UK) earthquake occurred 347.8 miles away from Palmer center
On 11/30/1987 at 19:23:19, a magnitude 7.9 (6.7 MB, 7.6 MS, 7.9 MW, 7.1 ML, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 294.5 miles away from the city center
On 2/28/1979 at 21:27:06, a magnitude 7.4 (6.4 MB, 7.1 MS, 7.4 UK, 6.9 ML) earthquake occurred 257.4 miles away from Palmer center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), energy magnitude (ME), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)
Palmer topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Palmer:

  • MAT-SU REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER (Voluntary non-profit - Private, 2500 SOUTH WOODWORTH LOOP)

Other hospitals and medical centers near Palmer:

  • MAT-SU REGIONAL HOME CARE (Home Health Center, about 11 miles away; WASILLA, AK)

Airports, heliports and other landing facilities located in Palmer:

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College/University in Palmer:

  • Alaska Bible College (Full-time enrollment: 28; Location: 248 E Elmwood; Private, not-for-profit; Website: www.akbible.edu/)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Palmer:

  • Charter College-Anchorage (about 37 miles; Anchorage, AK; Full-time enrollment: 2,983)
  • University of Alaska Anchorage (about 37 miles; Anchorage, AK; FT enrollment: 12,483)
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks (about 229 miles; Fairbanks, AK; FT enrollment: 6,397)
  • Whatcom Community College (about 1358 miles; Bellingham, WA; FT enrollment: 3,265)
  • Western Washington University (about 1361 miles; Bellingham, WA; FT enrollment: 13,875)
  • Peninsula College (about 1369 miles; Port Angeles, WA; FT enrollment: 2,012)
  • Skagit Valley College (about 1382 miles; Mount Vernon, WA; FT enrollment: 3,803)

Public high schools in Palmer:

  • COLONY HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 1,162, Location: 9550 E COLONY SCHOOL DRIVE, Grades: 9-12)
  • PALMER HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 903, Location: 1170 W ARCTIC AVE, Grades: PK-12)
  • VALLEY PATHWAYS (Students: 203, Location: 1150 NORTH FRANCE ROAD, Grades: 7-12)
  • BERYOZOVA SCHOOL (Students: 17, Location: 501 N GULKANA, Grades: KG-12)
  • MAT-SU YOUTH FACILITY (Location: 501 N GULKANA, Grades: 6-12)

Private high schools in Palmer:

  • AMAZING GRACE ACADEMY (Students: 73, Location: 2238 INNER SPRINGER LOOP, Grades: PK-9)
  • VALLEY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (Students: 28, Location: 1600 N DOUBLE B ST, Grades: KG-12)

Public elementary/middle schools in Palmer:

See full list of schools located in Palmer

Library in Palmer:

  • PALMER PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $601,728; Location: 655 SOUTH VALLEY WAY; 54,729 books; 2,267 audio materials; 2,038 video materials; 50 state licensed databases; 51 print serial subscriptions)

User-submitted facts and corrections:

  • Wasilla, Alaska is the neighboring town to Palmer.And both towns are located in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley.

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Palmer: Palmer Fire Department Station 34 (A), Palmer Fire Department Station 36 Training Center (B), Tsunami Warning Center (C), Palmer Fire Department Station 31 (D), Guardian Flight (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemetery: Palmer Pioneer Cemetery (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Tourist attractions: Palmer Historical Society (Museums; 316 East Elmwood Avenue), Colony House Museum (316 East Elmwood Avenue), Matanuska Susitna Convention & Visitors Bureau (Parks Hy), Glacier Park (Glenn Highway), Alaska Back Country Adventure Tours (Tours & Charters; 17435 Marcus Baker Drive).

Hotels: Colony Inn (325 East Elmwood Avenue), Iron Horse Liquor Store (606 South Alaska Street), Pioneer Motel & Apartments (124 West Arctic Avenue), Alaska's Caribou Cabins (10901 Center Street), Creekside Cabins (3150 North Dolly Varden Drive), Peak Inn (775 West Evergreen Avenue), Gold Miner's Hotel (918 South Colony Way), Peking Garden (775 West Evergreen Avenue), Alaska Birch Cottages (Cotswold Circle).

Birthplace of: Laird Barron - Writer, C.J. Hooker - College basketball player (North Carolina Tar Heels), Corey Cogdell - Sport shooter, Drew Mormino - Football player, Jessica Moore - WNBA player (Los Angeles Sparks, born: Jul 9, 1982), Kerry Weiland - Ice hockey player, Rhett Magner - College football player (Bowling Green Falcons).

Matanuska-Susitna Borough has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

Drinking water stations with addresses in Palmer and their reported violations in the past:

PALMER WATER SYSTEM (Population served: 9,891, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between JAN-2009 and DEC-2009, Contaminant: Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between JAN-2009 and DEC-2009, Contaminant: TTHM
  • One routine major monitoring violation
  • 2 minor monitoring violations
  • One regular monitoring violation
SETTLERS BAY VILLAGE (Population served: 2,733, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In JAN-01-2007, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (NOV-17-2011)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between JAN-2005 and DEC-2005, Contaminant: TTHM. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (NOV-17-2011)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between JAN-2005 and DEC-2005, Contaminant: Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5). Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (NOV-17-2011)
  • Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In JAN-01-2003, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (NOV-17-2011)
  • One routine major monitoring violation
  • 21 regular monitoring violations
TALKEETNA WATER SYSTEM (Population served: 1,100, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In JAN-01-2008, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (MAY-06-2011)
  • Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In JAN-01-2007, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (MAY-06-2011)
  • Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In JAN-01-2003, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: Fed Compliance achieved (MAY-06-2011)
EQUESTRIAN ACRES (Population served: 950, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Failure To Address Deficiency - In SEP-04-2012, Contaminant: GROUNDWATER RULE
  • Failure To Address Deficiency - In SEP-04-2012, Contaminant: GROUNDWATER RULE
  • One regular monitoring violation
CAMP LA DA SA (Population served: 902, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 3 routine major monitoring violations
  • 2 regular monitoring violations
PALMER CORRECTIONAL CENTER (Population served: 600, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In JAN-01-2007, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (JUN-23-2010)
  • One regular monitoring violation
PALMER SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH (Population served: 320, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In JUL-01-2004, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St AO (w/o penalty) issued (MAY-21-2004)
  • 2 routine major monitoring violations
  • 25 regular monitoring violations
RIVER BEND SUBDIVISION (Population served: 320, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 21 regular monitoring violations

Drinking water stations with addresses in Palmer that have no violations reported:

  • MATANUSKA SUSITNA COLLEGE (Population served: 750, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • PIONEER MEADOWS SUBDIVISION (Population served: 435, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • SANDERSON BUILDING (Population served: 100, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • LAZY MOUNTAIN CHURCH (Population served: 100, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • MANNA BAPTIST CHURCH (Population served: 100, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • TURNERS CORNER (Address: 8238 E TURNER ROAD , Population served: 100, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • PALMER CHURCH OF CHRIST (Population served: 75, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • IMMANUEL BAPTIST CHURCH (Population served: 60, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • ALPINE INN (Population served: 50, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • SUTTON LIBRARY (Population served: 30, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
Average household size:
This city:

2.6 people
Alaska:

2.6 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

63.3%
Whole state:

66.2%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

7.3%
Whole state:

8.6%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.5% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.4% of all households

People in group quarters in Palmer in 2010:

  • 262 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 143 people in state prisons
  • 12 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
  • 6 people in group homes intended for adults

People in group quarters in Palmer in 2000:

  • 184 people in job corps and vocational training facilities
  • 86 people in other types of correctional institutions
  • 66 people in nursing homes
  • 40 people in unknown juvenile institutions
  • 8 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 6 people in other nonhousehold living situations

Banks with branches in Palmer (2011 data):

  • Wells Fargo Bank, National Association: Palmer Branch at 705 S Bailey, branch established on 1960/07/19. Info updated 2011/04/05: Bank assets: $1,161,490.0 mil, Deposits: $905,653.0 mil, headquarters in Sioux Falls, SD, positive income, 6395 total offices, Holding Company: Wells Fargo & Company
  • KeyBank National Association: Colony Branch at 1150 South Colony Way, branch established on 1988/11/07. Info updated 2008/03/03: Bank assets: $86,198.8 mil, Deposits: $64,214.8 mil, headquarters in Cleveland, OH, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 1067 total offices, Holding Company: Keycorp
  • First National Bank Alaska: Palmer Branch at 303 West Evergreen Avenue, branch established on 1976/03/24. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $2,870.3 mil, Deposits: $1,931.3 mil, headquarters in Anchorage, AK, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 30 total offices

For population 15 years and over in Palmer:

Marital status in Palmer, AK
  • Never married: 39.8%
  • Now married: 38.1%
  • Separated: 1.7%
  • Widowed: 5.3%
  • Divorced: 15.1%

For population 25 years and over in Palmer:

  • High school or higher: 91.5%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 21.3%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 6.8%
  • Unemployed: 10.8%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 29.8 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

10.6
Alaska average:

10.6

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2017
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Palmer
2008 Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Palmer, AK (based on Matanuska-Susitna Borough data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant15,07674
Other5,65019
Catholic3,3544
Mainline Protestant2,27117
Black Protestant1931
Orthodox1121
None62,339-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 9
Here:

1.09 / 10,000 pop.
Alaska:

3.30 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 2
Matanuska-Susitna Borough:

0.24 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.33 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 8
Matanuska-Susitna Borough:

0.97 / 10,000 pop.
Alaska:

0.52 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 19
Matanuska-Susitna Borough:

2.30 / 10,000 pop.
Alaska:

2.30 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 39
Matanuska-Susitna Borough:

4.72 / 10,000 pop.
Alaska:

7.82 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

6.1%
Alaska:

6.3%
Adult obesity rate:
Matanuska-Susitna Borough:

28.7%
Alaska:

27.8%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
This city:

48.7%
State:

49.9%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
This city:

46.8%
Alaska:

48.3%

Average BMI:
Palmer:

28.8
State:

28.7

People feeling badly about themselves:
Here:

21.1%
Alaska:

21.6%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
This city:

10.1%
Alaska:

10.0%

Average hours sleeping at night:
This city:

6.8
Alaska:

6.8

Overweight people:
This city:

34.3%
Alaska:

33.9%

General health condition:
Palmer:

56.9%
Alaska:

57.7%

Average condition of hearing:
Here:

80.0%
Alaska:

80.9%

More about Health and Nutrition of Palmer, AK Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2016)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Police Protection - Officers 16$91,240$68,4300$0
Streets and Highways 12$57,687$57,6870$0
Police - Other 12$63,893$63,8931$1,174
Other Government Administration 8$53,743$80,61513$8,022
Financial Administration 7$33,688$57,7511$1,902
Local Libraries 4$16,397$49,1916$7,980
Sewerage 3$15,708$62,8320$0
Parks and Recreation 2$9,127$54,7626$7,270
Firefighters 2$13,837$83,02252$21,013
Water Supply 2$9,114$54,6840$0
Airports 1$5,500$66,0000$0
Solid Waste Management 1$4,289$51,4680$0
Totals for Government 70$374,223$64,15379$47,361

Palmer government finances - Expenditure in 2016 (per resident):

  • Construction - Water Utilities: $3,539,000 ($490.91)
    Sewerage: $2,360,000 ($327.37)
    Parks and Recreation: $757,000 ($105.01)
    Air Transportation: $366,000 ($50.77)
    General Public Buildings: $164,000 ($22.75)
    General - Other: $110,000 ($15.26)
    Regular Highways: $86,000 ($11.93)
    Local Fire Protection: $32,000 ($4.44)
    Police Protection: $3,000 ($0.42)
    Central Staff Services: $1,000 ($0.14)
  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $3,990,000 ($553.47)
    General - Other: $1,920,000 ($266.33)
    Central Staff Services: $1,616,000 ($224.16)
    Financial Administration: $934,000 ($129.56)
    Sewerage: $786,000 ($109.03)
    Water Utilities: $769,000 ($106.67)
    Local Fire Protection: $710,000 ($98.49)
    Parks and Recreation: $702,000 ($97.38)
    Libraries: $614,000 ($85.17)
    Regular Highways: $561,000 ($77.82)
    Solid Waste Management: $491,000 ($68.11)
    Air Transportation: $250,000 ($34.68)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $173,000 ($24.00)
    General Public Buildings: $72,000 ($9.99)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $16,000 ($2.22)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Police Protection: $167,000 ($23.17)
    General - Other: $155,000 ($21.50)
    Local Fire Protection: $70,000 ($9.71)
    Parks and Recreation: $55,000 ($7.63)
    Central Staff Services: $13,000 ($1.80)
    Water Utilities: $10,000 ($1.39)
    Financial Administration: $9,000 ($1.25)
    Libraries: $6,000 ($0.83)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $4,982,000 ($691.08)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $388,000 ($53.82)

Palmer government finances - Revenue in 2016 (per resident):

  • Charges - Other: $1,578,000 ($218.89)
    Parks and Recreation: $1,091,000 ($151.34)
    Sewerage: $892,000 ($123.73)
    Solid Waste Management: $555,000 ($76.99)
    Air Transportation: $209,000 ($28.99)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $317,000 ($43.97)
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $62,000 ($8.60)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $1,000,000 ($138.72)
    Special Assessments: $165,000 ($22.89)
    Fines and Forfeits: $143,000 ($19.84)
    Interest Earnings: $71,000 ($9.85)
    Sale of Property: $50,000 ($6.94)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $1,293,000 ($179.36)
  • State Intergovernmental - Other: $7,297,000 ($1012.21)
    General Local Government Support: $378,000 ($52.43)
  • Tax - General Sales and Gross Receipts: $6,568,000 ($911.08)
    Property: $1,232,000 ($170.90)
    Other License: $127,000 ($17.62)
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $64,000 ($8.88)
    Motor Vehicle License: $61,000 ($8.46)

Palmer government finances - Debt in 2016 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $4,001,000 ($555.00)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $3,582,000 ($496.88)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $419,000 ($58.12)

Palmer government finances - Cash and Securities in 2016 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $5,725,000 ($794.15)

9.09% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($60,653 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

9.09%
Alaska average:

7.70%

0.31% of residents moved from foreign countries ($1,740 average AGI)
Matanuska-Susitna Borough:

0.31%
Alaska average:

0.16%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Anchorage Municipality, AK  3.86% ($65,112 average AGI)
from Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK  0.30% ($54,318)
from Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK  0.24% ($77,690)


6.92% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($59,621 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.92%
Alaska average:

8.52%

0.06% of residents moved to foreign countries ($426 average AGI)
Matanuska-Susitna Borough:

0.06%
Alaska average:

0.17%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Anchorage Municipality, AK  2.04% ($55,484 average AGI)
to Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK  0.26% ($53,581)
to Fairbanks North Star Borough, AK  0.15% ($50,925)
Businesses in Palmer, AK
NameCountNameCount
AT&T1McDonald's1
Curves1New Balance1
Dairy Queen1Starbucks1
FedEx1Taco Bell1
H&R Block1U-Haul2
Kroger1UPS1
MasterBrand Cabinets2

Strongest AM radio stations in Palmer:

  • KENI (650 AM; 50 kW; ANCHORAGE, AK; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KFQD (750 AM; 50 kW; ANCHORAGE, AK; Owner: MCC RADIO, LLC)
  • KBYR (700 AM; 10 kW; ANCHORAGE, AK; Owner: COBB COMMUNICATIONS,INC.)
  • KTZN (550 AM; 5 kW; ANCHORAGE, AK; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KUDO (1080 AM; 10 kW; ANCHORAGE, AK; Owner: CHINOOK CONCERT BROADCASTERS, INC.)
  • KHAR (590 AM; 5 kW; ANCHORAGE, AK; Owner: MCC RADIO, LLC)
  • KCHU (770 AM; 10 kW; VALDEZ, AK; Owner: TERMINAL RADIO, INC.)
  • KSLD (1140 AM; 10 kW; SOLDOTNA, AK; Owner: KSRM, INC)
  • KJNP (1170 AM; 50 kW; NORTH POLE, AK; Owner: EVAN. ALASKA MISSIONARY FELLOWSHIP)
  • KSRM (920 AM; 5 kW; SOLDOTNA, AK; Owner: KSRM, INC.)
  • KBBI (890 AM; 10 kW; HOMER, AK; Owner: KACHEMAK BAY BROADCASTING INC)
  • KCAM (790 AM; 5 kW; GLENNALLEN, AK; Owner: NORTHERN LIGHT NETWORK)
  • KIAM (630 AM; 10 kW; NENANA, AK; Owner: VOICE OF CHRIST MINISTRIES, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Palmer:

  • KFAT (92.9 FM; ANCHORAGE, AK; Owner: NEW NORTHWEST BROADCASTERS, LLC)
  • KNIK-FM (105.7 FM; ANCHORAGE, AK; Owner: UBIK CORPORATION)
  • KGOT (101.3 FM; ANCHORAGE, AK; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KASH-FM (107.5 FM; ANCHORAGE, AK; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KQEZ (92.1 FM; HOUSTON, AK; Owner: NEW NORTHWEST BROADCASTERS, LLC)
  • KRPM (96.3 FM; HOUSTON, AK; Owner: NEW NORTHWEST BROADCASTERS, LLC)
  • KDBZ (102.1 FM; ANCHORAGE, AK; Owner: NEW NORTHWEST BROADCASTERS, LLC)
  • KNBA (90.3 FM; ANCHORAGE, AK; Owner: KOAHNIC BROADCAST CORPORATION)
  • KWHL (106.5 FM; ANCHORAGE, AK; Owner: MCC RADIO, LLC)
  • KSKA (91.1 FM; ANCHORAGE, AK; Owner: ALASKA PUBLIC TELECOM., INC.)
  • KEAG (97.3 FM; ANCHORAGE, AK; Owner: MCC RADIO, LLC)
  • KYMG (98.9 FM; ANCHORAGE, AK; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • K208BC (89.5 FM; PALMER, AK; Owner: ALASKA PUBLIC TELECOM, INC.)
  • KRUA (88.1 FM; ANCHORAGE, AK; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA - BOARD OF REGENTS)
  • K202CB (88.3 FM; PALMER, AK; Owner: CHRISTIAN BROADCASTING, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Palmer:

  • KAKM (Channel 7; ANCHORAGE, AK; Owner: ALASKA PUBLIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS INC)
  • KTUU-TV (Channel 2; ANCHORAGE, AK; Owner: CHANNEL 2 BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KIMO (Channel 13; ANCHORAGE, AK; Owner: SMITH TELEVISION LICENSE HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • K09JE (Channel 9; PALMER, AK; Owner: CHANNEL 2 BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KTVA (Channel 11; ANCHORAGE, AK; Owner: ALASKA BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • K66CF (Channel 66; PALMER, AK; Owner: NORTHERN TELEVISION, INC.)
Palmer fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 2017
Fatal road traffic accident statistics for 1975 - 2017
See more detailed statistics of Palmer fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2017 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 26Number of bridges
  • 469ft / 143mTotal length
  • $523,000Total costs
  • 203,518Total average daily traffic
  • 8,354Total average daily truck traffic
New bridges in Palmer, AK - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 11950-1959
  • 21960-1969
  • 41980-1989
  • 131990-1999
  • 22000-2009
  • 42010-2018
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Palmer, AK
FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers: 9 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Palmer)
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 296 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)
FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers: 4 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers in Palmer, AK)
FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers: 24 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 26 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)
FCC Registered Paging Towers: 10 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)
FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers: 3 (See the full list of FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers)
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 259 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Palmer)

FAA Registered Aircraft: 466 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft in Palmer)
Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 1 partial tract)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED32$222,97811$212,76579$216,6616$112,0524$124,703
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED0$01$288,7203$231,1901$105,8400$0
APPLICATIONS DENIED3$163,9832$213,28519$203,9353$110,6430$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN4$221,0001$393,42022$226,7610$01$216,710
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$00$06$182,4980$00$0
Choose year:  2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004

Detailed HMDA statistics for the following Tracts: 0012.00

Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 1 partial tract)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED1$214,4304$251,860
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED0$01$293,520
APPLICATIONS DENIED0$00$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN0$00$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$00$0
Choose year:  2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004

Detailed PMIC statistics for the following Tracts: 0012.00

Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Palmer, AK
Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Palmer, AK - Value

2002 - 2018 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year According to the data from the years 2002 - 2018 the average number of fire incidents per year is 149. The highest number of fires - 223 took place in 2012, and the least - 91 in 2005. The data has a growing trend.
    Fire incident types in Palmer, AK When looking into fire subcategories, the most incidents belonged to: Structure Fires (39.5%), and Outside Fires (39.3%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Palmer, AK
    • 1,00039.5%Structure Fires
    • 99439.3%Outside Fires
    • 50520.0%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 301.2%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Palmer, AK
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Palmer, AK
  • 90.9%Utility gas
  • 3.2%Electricity
  • 2.8%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 1.9%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 1.0%Wood
  • 0.2%Other fuel
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Palmer, AK
  • 74.4%Utility gas
  • 22.0%Electricity
  • 1.6%Other fuel
  • 0.8%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 0.8%No fuel used
  • 0.4%Bottled, tank, or LP gas


Palmer compared to Alaska state average:

  • Median age below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Institutionalized population percentage above state average.

Palmer on our top lists:

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  • #40 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in other types of correctional institutions (population 1,000+)"
  • #41 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in unknown juvenile institutions (population 1,000+)"
  • #45 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the highest number of arson incidents per 100,000 residents, excludes tourist destinations and others with a lot of outsiders visiting based on city industries data (population 5,000+)"
  • #86 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in Europe, n.e.c. (population 500+)"
  • #100 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest city-data.com crime index decrease from 2002 to 2012 (population 5,000+)"
  • #14 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #43 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of people moving in compared to moving out (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #45 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest number of deaths per 1000 residents 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #52 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #74 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
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