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Willow, Alaska - Basic Facts

The Willow Census Designated Place is a community or populated place (Class Code U5) located in Matanuska-Susitna Borough at latitude 61.887 and longitude -149.6197. Matanuska-Susitna Borough is in the Alaska time zone (GMT -9). The elevation is 220 feet.

The formal official name is the Willow Census Designated Place, but most people and references simply refer to it as Willow, Alaska.

The U5 Census Class Code for Willow indicates a populated place that is also a census designated place with the same name.. The Census Designated Place has a Functional Status Code "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The formal boundaries for the Willow Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 691.02 sq. miles and a water area of 8.46 sq. miles.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Willow: Willow Creek, Willow Station.

Willow Census Designated Place, AK Boundary Map


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Willow, AK Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 2,260
Population in Households 2,250
Population in Familes 1,750
Population in Group Qrtrs 10
Population Density1 3
Diversity Index2 22


Total Households 973
Average Household Size 2.31
Family Households 614
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 2,082 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 818 (39.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 155 ( 7.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,109 (53.3%)
Median Home Value $258,824
Average Home Value $391,320


Median Household Income $64,359
Average Household Income $78,609
Per Capita Income $33,960
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 1.72% 1.85%
Households 2.04% 1.94%
Families 1.68% 1.67%
Median Household Income   3.54%
Per Capita Income   2.84%
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.


Willow, AK - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Willow to the other 354 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Alaska by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 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 # 43 88th
Population Density1 # 262 27th
Diversity Index2 # 258 27th
Median Household Income # 59 84th
Per Capita Income # 51 86th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Alaska Census Data Comparison Tool.