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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population9,296
Male Share of the Population50.4%
Female Share of the Population49.6%
Senior Citizens13.5%
Employed Population 16+3,446
Age of the Population34

Families

% of people married40.8%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher14.7%
Median Earnings25+$38,556
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$60,857
Median Earnings With High School Degree$32,639

Wealth

Median Family Income$75,450
% Above Poverty Level85.7%
% Below Poverty Level14.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time31 minutes
% Working from Home6.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.5%
% Using Public Transportation0.2%

Housing

People Living Alone30.8%
Median Gross Rent$1,032
Median House Value$233,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)29.5%
Irish11.3%
English7.9%
French Except Basque4.2%
Norwegian4%
Polish2.5%
Swedish2.1%
Scottish1.8%
Russian1.7%
Italian1.4%
Ukrainian1.3%
Dutch1.1%
Welsh1.1%
Portuguese0.5%
Canadian0.5%
Swiss0.4%
Jamaican0.4%
West Indian0.4%
Danishn0.4%
Finnish0.3%
Greek0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Czech0.2%
Icelander0.1%
German0.1%
Romanian0.1%
African0.1%
Ethiopian0.1%
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Wasilla Almanac

CategoryValue
County Matanuska-Susitna Borough
Standard Zip Codes99654, 99623
P.O. Box Zip Codes99629, 99687, 99652
Phone Area Codes907
Time ZoneAmerica/Anchorage
Approximate Latitude61.58
Approximate Longitude-149.44

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)

StationWASILLA 3 S
Distance4.9 miles
Jan Temp7 to 23 F
Apr Temp28 to 49 F
Jul Temp49 to 70 F
Oct Temp27 to 43 F
Annual Precip16.6 inches
StationMATANUSKA AES
Distance10.6 miles
Jan Temp6 to 22 F
Apr Temp28 to 47 F
Jul Temp49 to 67 F
Oct Temp26 to 42 F
Annual Precip15 inches
StationWHITES CROSSING
Distance17.1 miles
Jan Temp-6 to 15 F
Apr Temp21 to 47 F
Jul Temp49 to 69 F
Oct Temp21 to 38 F
Annual Precip21.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Houston2,068$63,542
Palmer6,773$72,614

Wasilla Public Libraries

Wasilla Public Library
391 NORTH MAIN STREET
Wasilla, Alaska
(907) 376-5913

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Wasilla Public Schools

American Charter Academy
7362 W. Parks Hwy #723
ZIP: 99623
Other
Total Enrollment 185
Midnight Sun Family Learning Center
7362 W Parks #714
ZIP: 99623
Primary
Total Enrollment 192
Snowshoe Elementary
2001 West Fairview Loop
ZIP: 99645
Primary
Total Enrollment 402
Burchell High School
1775 W Parks Highway
ZIP: 99654
High
Total Enrollment 285
Cottonwood Creek Elementary
800 N Seward Meridian
ZIP: 99654
Primary
Total Enrollment 473
Finger Lake Elementary
5981 Eek Street
ZIP: 99654
Primary
Total Enrollment 270
Fred And Sara Machetanz Elementary School
4691 E. Nelson Road
ZIP: 99654
Primary
Total Enrollment 426
Fronteras Charter School
7010 E Bogard Road
ZIP: 99654
Primary
Total Enrollment 249
Iditarod Elementary
801 N Wasilla Fishhook Rd
ZIP: 99654
Primary
Total Enrollment 332
John Shaw Elementary
3750 E Paradise Lane
ZIP: 99654
Primary
Total Enrollment 432
Knik Elementary School
6350 West Hollywood
ZIP: 99654
Primary
Total Enrollment 459
Larson Elementary
2722 E Seldon Rd
ZIP: 99654
Primary
Total Enrollment 387
Mat-su Career & Tech Ed High School
2472 N Seward Meridian Parkway
ZIP: 99654
High
Total Enrollment 459
Mat-su Central School
600 E Railroad Ave, Suite 6
ZIP: 99654
Other
Total Enrollment 1599
Mat-su Day School
3901 E Bogard Road
ZIP: 99654
Other
Total Enrollment 68
Tanaina Elementary
2550 Lucille St
ZIP: 99654
Primary
Total Enrollment 456
Teeland Middle School
2788 N Seward Meridian Parkway
ZIP: 99654
Middle
Total Enrollment 729
Twindly Bridge Charter School
141 E Seldon Road Suite C
ZIP: 99654
Other
Total Enrollment 315
Wasilla High School
701 Bogard Rd
ZIP: 99654
High
Total Enrollment 1199
Wasilla Middle School
650 Bogard Rd
ZIP: 99654
Middle
Total Enrollment 723
Goose Bay Elementary
6400 Hollywood Blvd
ZIP: 99687
Primary
Total Enrollment 512
Meadow Lakes Elementary
1741 Pittman Road
ZIP: 99687
Primary
Total Enrollment 462

Wasilla Private Schools

Northern Light Mennonite School
3369 S Vale Ave
ZIP: 99623
Elementary
Total Enrollment 13
Axios Academy
300 E Kalli Cir
ZIP: 99654
Elementary
Total Enrollment 25
Cornerstone Christian School
4001 E Darrington Village Ave
ZIP: 99654
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 32
Our Lady Of The Valley Catholic School
260 E Nelson Ave
ZIP: 99654
Elementary
Total Enrollment 57
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