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Wasilla, Alaska

Introduction to Wasilla, Alaska

Wasilla, Alaska is 28 miles N of Anchorage, Alaska. The city is in the Matanuska Susitna County. Approximately 5,469 people live in Wasilla.

Wasilla History

The Matanuska-Susitna valley was first settled by the Dena'ina Alaska natives. Russians settled in Alaska from the year 1741 until 1867, when Alaska was sold to the United States. In 1880, the town of Knik settled close to the source of the Matanuska river. When the U.S. government was laying out the Alaska Road, Knik residents purchased plattes and the town dwindled. Thus, Wasilla Station emerged and was named after Wasilla Creek. Wasilla was actually the name of a Dena'ina chief. The city of Wasilla was incorporated in the year 1974.

Wasilla and nearby Attractions

  • Dorothy G Page Museum
  • Lucile Lake
  • Alaska Museum of Transportation and Industry
  • Mud Lake
  • Knik Museum

Things To Do In Wasilla

Wasilla has many tourist attractions including the Dorothy G Page Museum, Wasilla-Knik-Willow Creek Historical Society, and Alaska Museum of Transportation and Industry. Book lovers will enjoy the Wasilla Public Library. A visit to the amusement park called Forward Amusement Co. is always a thrilling experience. The city also organizes the annual Oktoberfest.

Wasilla Transportation

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport is the airport closest to Wasilla.

Wasilla Higher Education

Higher education is available to residents of Wasilla at the University of Alaska Anchorage, Peninsula College, University of Alaska Fairbanks, and Whatcom Community College.

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Comparative Profile of Wasilla, Alaska

Comparing Wasilla to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Alaska (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Children Under 5 Years Old 10 7
Male Share of the Population 9 2
Well-Paid Single Men 7 5
Well-Paid Single Women 6 7
Racial Diversity 4 7
Female Share of the Population 2 10
Age of the Population 1 5
Senior Citizens 1 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 8 5
Portion of People Married 5 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Median Family Income 7 7
People Above Poverty 5 7
People in Middle Class or Better 5 6
College Educated Adults 2 5

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 10 9
Walking and Biking to Work 3 4
Short Commute Times 2 1
Public Transportation Use 1 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 10 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 9 3
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 8 7
Affordability of Property Taxes 5 2
People Living Alone 4 6
Affordability of Rents 3 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 1 1
Low Property Crime 1 1

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Wasilla Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 28 miles N of Anchorage, Alaska
County Matanuska-Susitna
Standard Zip Codes 99654
P.O. Box Zip Codes 99629, 99652, 99687, 99694
Phone Area Codes 907
Time Zone Alaska (-9 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 61.56
Longitude -149.57

Wasilla Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station WASILLA 3 S
Distance 4.9 miles
Jan Temp 7 to 23 F
Apr Temp 28 to 49 F
Jul Temp 49 to 70 F
Oct Temp 27 to 43 F
Annual Precip 16.6 inches
Distance 10.6 miles
Jan Temp 6 to 22 F
Apr Temp 28 to 47 F
Jul Temp 49 to 67 F
Oct Temp 26 to 42 F
Annual Precip 15 inches
Distance 17.1 miles
Jan Temp -6 to 15 F
Apr Temp 21 to 47 F
Jul Temp 49 to 69 F
Oct Temp 21 to 38 F
Annual Precip 21.6 inches
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Wasilla Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,469 100%
Male 2,728 49.9%
Female 2,741 50.1%
Under 18 1,837 33.6%
18+ 3,632 66.4%
65+ 369 6.7%
Median Age 29.7
Average Family Size 3.27
White 4,674 85.5%
African-American 32 0.6%
Asian 72 1.3%
American Indian & Alaskan 287 5.2%
Other 72 1.3%
Mixed Race 325 5.9%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 201 3.7%

Estimated Wasilla Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 8,471
Growth 3,002
Growth % 54.9%

Wasilla Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 20.2%
German 17.4%
Irish 13%
US/American 7.7%
English 7.4%
French (except Basque) 3.6%
Scottish 3.6%
Danish 3%
Swedish 2.7%
Norwegian 2.6%
Scotch-Irish 2.4%
Italian 2.3%
Ukrainian 2.1%
Dutch 2%
Russian 1.7%
European 1.4%
Polish 1.2%
French Canadian 1.1%
Canadian 0.7%
Austrian 0.7%
Slavic 0.7%
Welsh 0.5%
Scandinavian 0.5%
British 0.4%
Slovak 0.3%
Northern European 0.2%
Portuguese 0.2%
Hungarian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Wasilla, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Meadow Lake (99629)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Wasilla 5,469 $53,792
Houston 1,202 $46,818
Palmer 4,533 $53,164

Wasilla Public Libraries

Wasilla Public Library
Wasilla, Alaska
(907) 376-5913
Library Web Site
Big Lake Public Library
Wasilla, Alaska
(907) 892-6475
Library Web Site

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Wal-mart in Wasilla

(As of 2006)
1350 S Seward Meridian Pkwy
(907) 376-9780
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Wasilla High Schools (2004)

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Student/teacher ratio: 19.7

Serves 776 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 77.6

A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 278 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.3

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Serves 108 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.8

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