Palmer Real Estate Information

The “Last Frontier” is the largest of the fifty states, covering more land mass than California or Texas but ironically having one of the smallest populations in the Union. This population is spread out in a unique way, with about forty percent of residents residing in the metropolitan area of Anchorage, the largest city, and the rest spread out among relatively small settlements and towns. One of these small communities is the city of Palmer, a rather small but rapidly growing community found within the Anchorage Metropolitan Statistical Area but existing independent of that city. Palmer serves as the borough seat of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, and has a population of approximately seven thousand eight hundred residents, an increase of about three thousand three hundred since the last census was taken in the year two thousand.

The history of Palmer begins in the year nineteen sixteen, when a railway station was founded on the Matanuska branch of the Alaska Railroad. A settlement sprang up there, fueled by the need to serve and supply nearby coal mines as well as the provisions of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal. Most of the original settlers of Palmer worked as farmers, and built an architecturally significant city center that is still recognized as a national historic district. Anchorage is about forty five minutes distant from Palmer, meaning that Palmer is being using increasingly as a suburban bedroom community. Palmer encompasses slightly less than four square miles of total area, and is found on the Glenn Highway.

Palmer is home to the Alaska State Fair, which is notable for hosting largest vegetable contests during the annual celebration, including cabbage, lettuce, radish, and spinach. Palmer has a visitor information center that boasts not only thirty five thousand annual visitors but also a two acre garden, a picnic area, and the Palmer Museum of History and Art. Educational opportunities in Palmer are offered by public and private institutions including the Swanson Elementary School, Palmer Junior Middle School, and Palmer High School, in addition to a number of colleges and universities in Anchorage.