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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    B-
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    C-
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    B
Palmer is a town in Alaska with a population of 6,773. Palmer is in Matanuska-Susitna Borough. Living in Palmer offers residents a 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
$198,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$939
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    39%
  • Own
    61%
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Palmer Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    194.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    13.9
    6.1
  • Rape
    13.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    55.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    264.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,895.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    236.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    16%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    12%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    9%
  • 65+ years
    10%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    14%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    34%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    36%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    9%
    13%

Working in Palmer

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$58,389
National
$55,322
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Palmer Reviews

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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.
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This town is quaint has great local mom & pop shops if you are ever in Alaska and very quiet. I love living in this town, it has plenty to offer! Including outdoor activity, food, or just sitting outside your rental or home for a view of the beautiful scenery!
I love how small and quiet Palmer, AK is. It feels overly crowded because of how packed together everyone is, but the community spirit is amazing!