Mat-Su Residential Profile

This section is a general overview of the residential profile in the Mat-Su region. Primary and secondary research and more detailed information about the cities within this region are provided below.


Overview

The Matanuska-Susitna Borough, AK is the third largest county in Alaska by population, containing about 96,178 residents. 

Economy

Households in the Mat-Su region have a median annual income of $72,983. The largest share (16.2%) of households have an income in the $75 - $100k range.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Mat-Su, are:

  • "Management, Business, Science, Arts, Sales & Office"

  • "Natural Resources, Construction & Maintenance"

The largest percentage of workers are in:

  • Administrative jobs (13.6%)

  • Construction & Extraction (11.4%)

  • Management (10.1%)

  • Sales (8.7%)

Demographics

By age, in the Mat-Su region:

  • Over 20% of the population is between the ages of 5 and 17.

  • Almost 37% of the population is 24 years of age and younger.

  • Over half is 35 years of age and younger.

The most common racial or ethnic groups are white (80% of residents),  multiracial (6.8%), and Native (5.1%).

Housing

Regarding housing, in the Mat-Su region:

  • The median property value increased from $220,100 in 2014 to $224,900 in 2015.

  • The largest share of households have a property value in the $200 - $250k range (21.7%).

  • 75% of housing units are owner occupied, which is significantly higher than the national average (63.9%).


Secondary Research

This section presents information that has been collected through secondary research. All data is publicly available through the parties listed under each infographic. The infographics are grouped into one of the following categories: Economy, Demographic, or Housing.


Primary Research

This section presents information that has been collected from the MTA Regional Telecommunications Survey. All data is originally-sourced and tailored to the research objectives. The charts in this section are grouped into one of the following categories: Economy, Housing, or Internet & TV.

To view cross-tabulated data about Mat-Su, return to the Overall Residential Profile.


Details by City

Wasilla

Wasilla is located on the northern point of Cook Inlet in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley of the southcentral part of the state.

ZIP codes: 99654, 99687, 99623

Population: 56,325

Ages under 15: 24%
15 - 34: 29%
35 - 64: 39%
65 and over: 8%

Households: 20,469
Owner-occupied: 13,442
Renter-occupied: 4,628

GCI coverage: 78%
MTA coverage: 100%


Palmer

Palmer is located on the Matanuska river, between the Talkeetna Mountains to the north and the Chugach Mountains to the south and east.

ZIP codes: 99645

Population: 27,818

Ages under 15: 22%
15 - 34: 28%
35 - 64: 41%
65 and over: 9%

Households: 9,318
Owner-occupied: 6,499
Renter-occupied: 2,069

GCI coverage: 78%
MTA coverage: 97%


Big Lake

Big Lake is located between Wasilla to the east and Point Mackenzie to the south.

ZIP codes: 99652

Population: 4,059

Ages under 15: 22%
15 - 34: 24%
35 - 64: 41%
65 and over: 13%

Households: 2,945
Owner-occupied: 1,135
Renter-occupied: 271

GCI coverage: 0%
MTA coverage: 95%


Willow

Willow is located between Wasilla to the southeast and Big Lake to the south.

ZIP codes: 99688

Population: 2,837

Ages under 15: 18%
15 - 34: 21%
35 - 64: 50%
65 and over: 11%

Households: 2,871
Owner-occupied: 898
Renter-occupied: 130

GCI coverage: 0%
MTA coverage: 98%


Houston

Houston is located between Wasilla to the east, Big Lake to the southwest, and Willow to the northwest.

ZIP codes: 99694

Population: 1,608

Ages under 15: 24%
15 - 34: 23%
35 - 64: 42%
65 and over: 11%

Households: 809
Owner-occupied: 584
Renter-occupied: 459

GCI coverage: 0%
MTA coverage: 100%


Talkeetna

Talkeetna is located north of Wasilla, Palmer, and Willow at the confluence of the Susitna, Chulitna, and Talkeetna rivers.

ZIP codes: 99676

Population: 1,372

Ages under 15: 14%
15 - 34: 20%
35 - 64: 48%
65 and over: 18%

Households: 1,639
Owner-occupied: 440
Renter-occupied: 175

GCI coverage: 0%
MTA coverage: 94%


Sutton

Sutton is located northeast of Wasilla and Palmer, along the Matanuska river.

ZIP codes: 99674

Population: 1,370

Ages under 15: 17%
15 - 34: 20%
35 - 64: 45%
65 and over: 17%

Households: 946
Owner-occupied: 394
Renter-occupied: 126

GCI coverage: 0%
MTA coverage: 100%


Tyonek

Tyonek is a community in the Kenai Peninsula Borough, though it is included alongside the other cities within the Matanuska-Susitna borough in this profile. It is located about 40 miles southwest of Anchorage on Cook Inlet.

ZIP codes: 99682

Population: 400

Ages under 15: 9%
15 - 34: 30%
35 - 64: 58%
65 and over: 4%

Households: 278

GCI coverage: 0%
MTA coverage: 46%


Trapper Creek

Trapper Creek is just south of Denali on Parks Highway.

ZIP codes: 99683

Population: 529

Ages under 15: 20%
15 - 34: 21%
35 - 64: 43%
65 and over: 16%

Households: 816

GCI coverage: 0%
MTA coverage: 71%