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Palmer, Alaska - Basic Facts

The City of Palmer had a population of 7,164 as of July 1, 2017. Palmer 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 Palmer is located at latitude 61.5974 and longitude -149.1148 in Matanuska-Susitna Borough. The formal boundaries for the City of Palmer (see map below) encompass a land area of 5.15 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Matanuska-Susitna Borough is in the Alaska time zone (GMT -9). The elevation is 249 feet.

The City of Palmer (GNIS ID: 2419445) 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 Palmer 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 Palmer population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Palmer: Farmington, Palmer Siding, Warton.

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Palmer, AK Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 7,164
Daytime Population: Workers 6,438
Daytime Population: Residents 3,919
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 10,357
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.45
Population in Households 6,793
Population in Familes 5,634
Population in Group Qrtrs 371
Population Density2 1,390
Diversity Index3 43


Median Household Income $69,136
Average Household Income $86,244
Per Capita Income $31,564


Total Housing Units 2,556 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,669 (65.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 783 (30.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 104 ( 4.1%)
Median Home Value $233,309
Average Home Value $270,986


Total Households 2,452
Average Household Size 2.77
Family Households 1,690
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 2.63% 1.59%
Households 2.07% 1.65%
Families 3.28% 1.47%
Median Household Income   3.04%
Per Capita Income   2.79%

Palmer, AK - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Palmer to the other 354 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Alaska by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 14 96th
Population Density # 4 99th
Diversity Index # 125 65th
Median Household Income # 65 82nd
Per Capita Income # 98 73rd

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