Wasilla, AK Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Wasilla, Alaska - Basic Facts

The City of Wasilla had a population of 8,878 as of July 1, 2016. Wasilla ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Alaska. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Wasilla is located at latitude 61.5752 and longitude -149.4568 in Matanuska-Susitna Borough. The formal boundaries for the City of Wasilla (see map below) encompass a land area of 12.38 sq. miles and a water area of 0.69 sq. miles. Matanuska-Susitna Borough is in the Alaska time zone (GMT -9). The elevation is 341 feet.

The City of Wasilla (GNIS ID: 2418871) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Wasilla is located within the Matanuska-Susitna Census Subarea of Matanuska-Susitna Borough. Census subareas are statistical subdivisions of the county equivalents used in Alaska (boroughs, city and boroughs, municipalities, and census areas) and are the statistical equivalent of Micro Civil Divisions (MCDs) used in other states.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Wasilla population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Wasilla: Washila, Wassila.

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Wasilla, AK Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 8,878
Population in Households 8,728
Population in Familes 6,829
Population in Group Qrtrs 150
Population Density1 717
Diversity Index2 42


Total Households 3,311
Average Household Size 2.64
Family Households 2,097
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 3,656 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,681 (46.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,630 (44.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 345 ( 9.4%)
Median Home Value $236,227
Average Home Value $254,804


Median Household Income $59,904
Average Household Income $81,122
Per Capita Income $31,150
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 2.03% 1.58%
Households 1.8% 1.53%
Families 1.45% 1.38%
Median Household Income   1.6%
Per Capita Income   1.53%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Wasilla, AK - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Wasilla to the other 354 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Alaska by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 11 97th
Population Density1 # 12 97th
Diversity Index2 # 127 64th
Median Household Income # 95 73rd
Per Capita Income # 99 72nd

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