Palmer, Alaska Population 2021

7,912
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Palmer is a city located in Matanuska-Susitna County Alaska. With a 2020 population of 7,912, it is the 7th largest city in Alaska and the 3660th largest city in the United States . Palmer is currently growing at a rate of 2.97% annually and its population has increased by 33.27% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 5,937 in 2010. Palmer reached it's highest population of in . Spanning over 5 miles, Palmer has a population density of 1,560 people per square mile.

The average household income in Palmer is $76,465 with a poverty rate of 12.51%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $976 per month, and the median house value is $207,200. The median age in Palmer is 30.1 years, 29.4 years for males, and 30.8 years for females.

Palmer Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Palmerwas:

  • White: 75.12%
  • Two or more races: 9.52%
  • Native American: 8.64%
  • Black or African American: 2.97%
  • Other race: 1.40%
  • Asian: 1.19%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 1.15%
The current population of Palmer, Alaska is 7,912 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 7,456.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 5,937.

Palmer, Alaska Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White5,35775.12%
Two or More Races6799.52%
American Indian and Alaska Native6168.64%
Black or African American2122.97%
Some Other Race1001.40%
Asian851.19%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander821.15%
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Palmer Population by Race

Palmer Population Pyramid $2021

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Palmer Median Age

30.1


Total

29.4


Male

30.8


Female

Palmer Adults

There are 5,129 adults, (755 of whom are seniors) in Palmer.

Palmer Age Dependency

63

Age Dependency Ratio

17.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

45.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Palmer Sex Ratio

Female

3,441

48.25%

Male

3,690

51.75%

Palmer Population by Age

Palmer Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Palmer Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Non Family46.1%53.9%
Female52%48%
Male55.8%44.2%
All62.5%37.5%
Married79.7%20.3%

62.5%

Rate of Home Ownership

Palmer Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All2,0143.3462.5
Married8964.3779.7
Non Family7121.4646.1
Female2774.2152
Male1294.6755.8

4.09

Average Family Size

3.34

Average Household Size

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Palmer Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade882.05%
9th to 12th Grade2475.77%
High School Graduate1,63138.08%
Some College1,09025.45%
Associates Degree3117.26%
Bachelors Degree58213.59%
Graduate Degree3347.80%
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Palmer Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Palmer Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White3,3463,095787
2+ Races28226750
Native American26522314
Hispanic22621452
Other Race85678
Asian727013
Black706515
Islander53535

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 23.52%.

Palmer Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$38,060$44,427$30,772
Less Than 9th Grade$21,563$$28,462
High School Graduate$30,147$32,000$22,917
Some College$40,125$51,908$29,196
Bachelors Degree$53,073$61,250$48,393
Graduate Degree$73,403$66,364$74,911

$38,060

Average Earnings

$44,427

Average Male

$30,772

Average Female

Palmer Earnings by Educational Attainment

Palmer Language by Age

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Palmer Language

94.01% of Palmer residents speak only English, while 5.99% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 1.78% of the population.

Palmer Language

Palmer Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White4,94855011.12%
Native52112924.76%
Multiple6216610.63%
Black1885328.19%
Hispanic4104510.98%
Other1001818.00%
Asian8544.71%

12.51%

Overall Poverty Rate

13.87%

Male Poverty Rate

11.13%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Palmer

The race most likely to be in poverty in Palmer is Black, with 28.19% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Palmer is Asian, with 4.71% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.90%. Among those working part-time, it was 16.31%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 23.21%.

Palmer Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade27.42%
High School12.17%
Some College9.21%
Bachelors or Greater2.98%

Palmer Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Unemployed37.76%
Female Unemployed32.31%
Female Employed5.47%
Male Employed3.96%

Palmer Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Palmer Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$62,339$76,465
Families$71,486$86,715
Married Families$83,333$101,119
Non Families$39,762$51,787
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Income by Household Type

Palmer Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

38.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

38.3%

Male Marriage Rate

39.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Palmer Married by Age and Sex

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Palmer Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Palmer Marital Status by Race

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Palmer Marital Status

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615

Number of Veterans

530

Male Veterans

85

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War240
First Gulf War149
Vietnam144
Korea33
World War II8

Palmer Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
35 to 54205
18 to 34118
65 to 74101
55 to 6497
75+94

Palmer Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White53513.59%
Native American316.94%
Hispanic3011.24%
Black1916.67%
2+ Races184.86%
Asian78.97%
Other Race55.88%

Palmer Veterans by Race

Palmer Veterans by Education

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12.42%

Veteran Poverty Rate

26.51%

Veteran Disability Rate

Palmer Veterans by Education

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59.1%

Labor Force Participation

52%

Employment Rate

10.9%

Unemployment Rate

Palmer Employment by Age

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Palmer Employment by Race

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Palmer Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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47.60%

Born in Palmer

97.06%

Native Born

2.94%

Foreign Born

1.47%

Non Citizen

1.47%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

97.06% of Palmer residents were born in the United States, with 47.60% having been born in Alaska. 1.47% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Europe.

Palmer Place of Birth

Note: 2020 and 2021 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
20217,9122282.97%
20207,6842283.06%
20197,4562283.15%
20187,228330.46%
20177,1951702.42%
20167,0252954.38%
20156,7302323.57%
20146,4981572.48%
20136,341510.81%
20126,2901502.44%
20116,1401582.64%
20105,9821,4492.81%
20004,5331,6674.69%
19902,8667663.16%
19802,1001,0006.68%
19701,100-100-0.87%
19601,2000.00%

Palmer Population by Year