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Population for Palmer: 5,978

Total Males: 3,045
Total Females: 2,933
Total Households: 2,254
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Brief Information About Palmer

Palmer is the borough seat of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in the state of Alaska, USA. It is part of the Anchorage Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population of the city is 5,937 according to the 2010 Cenus.

The first people to live in the Matanuska Valley (the location of Palmer) were the Dena’ina and Ahtna Athabaskans. They traveled throughout the area, living a subsistence lifestyle and trading with other native groups. Their trade routes were along the Matanuska River. Russians came to Alaska in 1741, bringing with them the Russian Orthodox religious tradition to the indigenous peoples of the region. In the mid-1880s, an entrepreneur named George W. Palmer built a trading post on the Matanuska River, near present-day Palmer. The town was later named after this Alaskan pioneer. The city was then planned and built by the World War I veterans and other immigrants.
Palmer is home to world record vegetable harvests. The Mat-Su Valley, and Palmer in particular, are known as the farming center for the state of Alaska. The growing conditions are close to ideal. Vegetables adapted to cool temperatures thrive, the glacial soils provide organic matter to keep nutrients in the root zone, many insect pests, diseases, and weeds that are common in the more southern states are not common in Alaska, and there is plenty of sunlight in the summer to help plants grow. In June, Palmer gets 19 hours of daylight every day, so crops can keep growing until midnight. The sunlight also makes crops sweeter.

ACS DEMOGRAPHIC AND HOUSING ESTIMATES OF Palmer, AK (2020)
Label Estimate Margin of Error Percent Percent Margin of Error
  SEX AND AGE
      Total population 5,978 ±58 5,978% (x)
            Male 3,045 ±117 51% ±2
            Female 2,933 ±114 49% ±2
            Sex ratio (males per 100 females) 104 ±8 (x) (x)
            Under 5 years 481 ±73 8% ±1
            5 to 9 years 390 ±60 7% ±1
            10 to 14 years 450 ±54 8% ±1
            15 to 19 years 503 ±83 8% ±1
            20 to 24 years 551 ±94 9% ±2
            25 to 34 years 1,111 ±108 19% ±2
            35 to 44 years 676 ±83 11% ±1
            45 to 54 years 589 ±93 10% ±2
            55 to 59 years 293 ±52 5% ±1
            60 to 64 years 233 ±55 4% ±1
            65 to 74 years 395 ±57 7% ±1
            75 to 84 years 233 ±55 4% ±1
            85 years and over 73 ±24 1% ±0
            Median age (years) 31 ±1 (x) (x)
            Under 18 years 1,576 ±113 26% ±2
            16 years and over 4,597 ±114 77% ±2
            18 years and over 4,402 ±119 74% ±2
            21 years and over 4,049 ±116 68% ±2
            62 years and over 818 ±79 14% ±1
            65 years and over 701 ±79 12% ±1
        18 years and over 4,402 ±119 4,402% (x)
              Male 2,191 ±108 50% ±2
              Female 2,211 ±118 50% ±2
              Sex ratio (males per 100 females) 99 ±9 (x) (x)
        65 years and over 701 ±79 701 (x)
              Male 284 ±48 41% ±5
              Female 417 ±54 60% ±5
              Sex ratio (males per 100 females) 68 ±14 (x) (x)
  RACE
      Total population 5,978 ±58 5,978% (x)
              One race 5,365 ±114 90% ±2
              Two or more races 613 ±117 10% ±2
          One race 5,365 ±114 90% ±2
                White 4,327 ±179 72% ±3
                Black or African American 209 ±102 4% ±2
          American Indian and Alaska Native 523 ±119 9% ±2
                Cherokee tribal grouping 3 ±5 0% ±0
                Chippewa tribal grouping 2 ±3 0% ±0
                Navajo tribal grouping 2 ±4 0% ±0
                Sioux tribal grouping 3 ±5 0% ±0
          Asian 78 ±41 1% ±1
                Asian Indian 1 ±4 0% ±0
                Chinese 3 ±4 0% ±0
                Filipino 43 ±28 1% ±1
                Japanese 0 ±14 0% ±0
                Korean 6 ±9 0% ±0
                Vietnamese 0 ±14 0% ±0
                Other Asian 25 ±23 0% ±0
          Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 124 ±89 2% ±2
                Native Hawaiian 42 ±43 1% ±1
                Chamorro 59 ±65 1% ±1
                Samoan 23 ±26 0% ±0
                Other Pacific Islander 0 ±14 0% ±0
            Some other race 104 ±40 2% ±1
          Two or more races 613 ±117 10% ±2
                White and Black or African American 48 ±32 1% ±1
                White and American Indian and Alaska Native 328 ±96 6% ±2
                White and Asian 59 ±42 1% ±1
                Black or African American and American Indian and Alaska Native 7 ±10 0% ±0
  Race alone or in combination with one or more other races
        Total population 5,978 ±58 5,978% (x)
                White 4,904 ±177 82% ±3
                Black or African American 316 ±113 5% ±2
                American Indian and Alaska Native 926 ±172 16% ±3
                Asian 195 ±72 3% ±1
                Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 175 ±100 3% ±2
                Some other race 179 ±60 3% ±1
  HISPANIC OR LATINO AND RACE
        Total population 5,978 ±58 5,978% (x)
              Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 416 ±103 7% ±2
                    Mexican 276 ±89 5% ±2
                    Puerto Rican 42 ±28 1% ±1
                    Cuban 21 ±22 0% ±0
                    Other Hispanic or Latino 77 ±39 1% ±1
              Not Hispanic or Latino 5,562 ±107 93% ±2
                    White alone 4,120 ±179 69% ±3
                    Black or African American alone 209 ±102 4% ±2
                    American Indian and Alaska Native alone 515 ±121 9% ±2
                    Asian alone 78 ±41 1% ±1
                    Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone 124 ±89 2% ±2
                    Some other race alone 14 ±12 0% ±0
                Two or more races 502 ±99 8% ±2
                      Two races including Some other race 12 ±11 0% ±0
                      Two races excluding Some other race, and Three or more races 490 ±98 8% ±2
        Total housing units 2,254 ±118 (x) (x)
  CITIZEN, VOTING AGE POPULATION
        Citizen, 18 and over population 4,363 ±122 4,363% (x)
                Male 2,181 ±108 50% ±2
                Female 2,182 ±118 50% ±2

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