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Overview

Introduction to Wasilla, Alaska

Wasilla, Alaska is 28 miles N of Anchorage, Alaska. The city is in the Matanuska Susitna County.

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.

People

Total Population 8,676
Male Share of the Population 49.1%
Female Share of the Population 50.9%
Senior Citizens 9.6%
Employed Population 16+ 3,378
Age of the Population 32

Families

% of people married 45.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.1%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $73,281
% Above Poverty Level 88.3%
% Below Poverty Level 11.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 6.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2%
% Using Public Transportation 1.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 26.9%
Median Gross Rent $1,008
Median House Value $227,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 29.3%
US/American 0%
English 8.9%
Irish 14.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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

Notes:

  • 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
Station MATANUSKA AES
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
Station WHITES CROSSING
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

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 Population Median Family Income
Houston 1,977 $68,309
Palmer 6,449 $72,059

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Wasilla Public Libraries

Library
Wasilla Public Library
391 NORTH MAIN STREET
Wasilla, Alaska
(907) 376-5913
Library Web Site
Big Lake Public Library
3140 SOUTH BIG LAKE ROAD
Wasilla, Alaska
(907) 892-6475
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Wasilla High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

WASILLA HIGH SCHOOL
701 BOGARD RD.
907-376-5341
Serves 1,148 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.7

CORRESP. STUDY SCHOOL
600 E RAILROAD AVE. SUITE 6
907-373-3570
Serves 776 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 77.6

BURCHELL HIGH SCHOOL
1775 W. PARKS HIGHWAY
907-373-7775
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 278 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.3

MIDNIGHT SUN FAMILY LEARNING CENTER
7362 W PARKS HWY
907-357-6786
A Charter School.
Serves 108 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.8

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