Palmer is a city located in Matanuska-Susitna County Alaska. With a 2020 population of 5,878, it is the 18th largest city in Alaska and the 5975th largest city in the United States. Palmer is currently declining at a rate of -0.08% annually and its population has decreased by -20.13% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 7,359 in 2020. Spanning over 5 miles, Palmer has a population density of 1,159 people per square mile.
The average household income in Palmer is $76,465 with a poverty rate of 12.88%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $974 per month, and the median house value is $215,500. The median age in Palmer is 30.1 years, 29.4 years for males, and 30.8 years for females.
According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Palmerwas:
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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 2+ races people with a rate of 24.47%.
94.46% of Palmer residents speak only English, while 5.54% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other languages, which is spoken by 1.89% of the population.
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The race most likely to be in poverty in Palmer is Native, with 23.51% below the poverty level.
The race least likely to be in poverty in Palmer is Other, with NaN% below the poverty level.
The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.86%. Among those working part-time, it was 13.80%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 23.63%.
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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.
Born in Palmer
97.30% of Palmer residents were born in the United States, with 46.51% having been born in Alaska. 1.01% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.