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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    B-
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    C-
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    B
Palmer is a town in Alaska with a population of 6,978. Palmer is in Matanuska-Susitna Borough. Living in Palmer offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Palmer there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Palmer. The public schools in Palmer are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$204,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$951
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    38%
  • Own
    62%
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Palmer Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    283.7
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    27
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    162.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,904.2
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    229.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    16%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    13%
  • 25-34 years
    17%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    9%
  • 65+ years
    10%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    13%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    34%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    38%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%

Working in Palmer

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$60,350
National
$55,322
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Palmer Reviews

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The cutest little town you will ever see. While it looks small just by going down the main street many people who live in our valley live on the outskirts of town. We have all sorts of things to do, winter through summer. Hiking is probably the most popular activity and Hatchers Pass is within a 40-minute drive from most neighborhoods. We also have many good restaurants. Highly recommended anyone who loves a smaller community and adventure to come out to Palmer Alaska.
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Palmer is a small community with beautiful Alaskan views and values. The tight-knit community can be great, but toxic as everyone knows everyone. In the summer, there are many activities and socializing. Winter is not as busy, but there are still local events, such as ice sculpting and local ice rinks to skate on. The food is all delicious. Many Palmer residents know of The Valley Hotel as being one of the towns best places to eat, while also being cheap and open 24/7. My parents are divorced, so every Christmas, my moms side of the family has the tradition of going to eat at The Valley Hotel early Christmas morning. Palmer is also spread out, meaning that while the community all knows one another, most still have the privacy of living far away from neighbors. Overall, Palmer is a great place to raise your children and live, but it's also great to get out of there for a while and explore the rest of the world.
Palmer is a great place to raise kids. Palmer is in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, which is one of the fastest-growing areas in the United States. There are various sized communities in the area and a second incorporated area, Wasilla. Palmer and the Mat-Su Borough are considered bedroom communities for Anchorage. Many residents commute to Anchorage for employment. We have many trails and local lakes to enjoy.