Nestled between the Matanuska and Susitna Valleys and the Talkeetna
Mountains, Wasilla combines the charming character of a small town with
opportunities typically available only in an urban city. This
community is the commercial and cultural center of the
Matanuska-Susitna Borough - providing residents with a growing economy,
good school districts and modern medical facilities - all surrounded by
breathtaking views of mountains,
lakes and forests.
Located along the George Parks Highway and the Alaska Railroad, Wasilla
is approximately 40 miles northeast of Anchorage. When residents have
the day off from work or school, the stunning natural landscape
surrounding Wasilla and Palmer provides countless activities and
attractions. During the summer, you can enjoy Still Water fishing,
swimming, boating, hiking and biking. Snowfall in the winter presents a
new set of activities including snowboarding, skiing, ice skating, and
snow machining. Residents, and visitors alike, can also enjoy indoor
activities at the Wasilla Multi-Use Sports Complex, which features a
professional-sized ice hockey arena, indoor turf court, running/walking
track and community rooms.
Wasilla is also the home of the world-renowned Iditarod Trail Sled Dog
Race and the Tesoro Iron Dog Race, the longest snowmobile race in the
world. Both races begin in Wasilla and participants travel more than
1,000 miles through the rugged Alaskan terrain. The Kristan Cole Network
has sponsored Todd Palin many times; Todd and his partner have won the
Iron Dog race four times, in 1995, 2000, 2002, and 2007. Todd was the
"First Dude" of Alaska and is the husband of former Governor Sarah
Palmer has maintained a historic downtown area with
bookstores, cafes, art galleries, and other local shops. Outside town,
residents can take advantage of the natural surroundings to enjoy
various recreational activities including hiking, skiing, rafting, and
For skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts,
Girdwood has become a popular destination. The Alyeska Resort, located
in Girdwood, provides residents in this scenic small community with
economic benefits as well as many recreational opportunities.
Surrounded by six mountain ranges and overlooking the Cook Inlet off of the Gulf of Alaska, Anchorage
is one of the most spectacular settings in the world. This modern city
known as the "City of Lights" in winter and the "City of Flowers"
during the summer is truly a great place to raise a family. A young,
educated workforce populates Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska.
Residents have a median age of 32.4 years and 32.8% of residents 25 and
older have a bachelor's degree or higher; a successful combination for
both Anchorage businesses and individuals as the median household
income is $63,656, compared to the national average of $48,451.*
A maritime climate warms the region as summer in Anchorage brings about an average temperature
of 68 degrees. But summer is not the only time of year to enjoy this
scenic frontier as Anchorage offers year-round recreation and adventure
as well as a vibrant downtown with great dining, shopping, festivals,
shows, and nightlife.