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Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska

99654, 99687

Wasilla...Home of the Irondog and Iditarod

Page Contents for Wasilla, Alaska

Statistics & Facts


History & History-related items

City Attractions



Historical Events

Chamber of Commerce.

Community news

Organizations, Churches, and Sports.




Statistics & Facts

The Alaska state capital is Juneau.
The population of Wasilla is approximately 8,471 (2005), 7831 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 1,723 (1990), 2962 (2010).
The amount of land area in Wasilla is 29.011 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Wasilla is 11.7 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 1.658 sq kilometers.
The distance from Wasilla to Washington DC is 3661 miles.
The distance to the Alaska state capital is 611 miles. (as the crow flies)
Wasilla is positioned 61.58 degrees north of the equator and 149.46 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Wasilla elevation is 333 feet above sea level.
The Wasilla city color is Red and White. Wasilla median income is $ 47,900 (2000).
The Wasilla median home price is $ 158,800 (2005).
Wasilla average annual precipitation is 17 inches peryear.
Wasilla average annual snowfall is 50 inches per year.
The average winter temperature is 13 degrees F.
The average summer temperature is 58 degrees F.


in south-central Alaska about 34 miles northeast of Anchorage. Other nearby communities include Tanaina, Lakes, Knik-Fairview, Meadow Lakes, Gateway, Fishhook, Farm Loop and Houston.
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typical for the area with cold winter temperatures ranging between 4 and 29 degrees F. Summer temperatures may range from about 47 to 78 degrees F.
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History & History Related Items

In the early 1900’s, the town of Knik was the place the trappers and miners went to for supplies. When Wasilla was founded in 1917 after the Alaska Railraod came through, most residents of nearby Knik relocated to the new town. Some people even pulled their homes over to Wasilla from Knik. As Knik became deserted, Wasilla kept on growing. Wasilla was incorporated in 1974. As Wasilla took on some prominance, there was a push to move the state capital to the town from Juneau but the initiative was barely defeated in 1994. Another boon to the area was the Mat-sup Reigonal Medical Center, a new regional hospital that opened in 2006.

The town’s name is for a local Dena’ina leader, Chief Wasilla. The name is supposed to mean breath of air but there are some that say it is a Russian form of the name, William.
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Dorothy Page Museum
323 N. Main St.
Wasilla, AK 99654
Phone: (907) 373-9071

Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and Iditarod Days Festival
Wasilla is the headquarters for the Iditarod and the official starting place for the race. The ceremonial start is in Anchorage. The Festival takes place for ten days before the race begins. The race covers over 1,150 miles of difficult terrain. Each dog team will have between 12 to 16 dogs.

One of the fastest growing cities in the state of Alaska. Many of Wasilla's residents commute for business to Anchorage.
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Economy & Industry

diverse and growing. Here is a page about the economy of the area.
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Wasilla City Government

City of Wasilla
290 E. Herning Ave.
Wasilla, AK 99654
Phone: 907-373-9055

Wasilla Chamber

Greater Wasilla Chamber of Commerce
415 East Railroad Avenue
Wasilla, Alaska 99654
Phone: 907-376-1299
Fax: 907-373-2560

Wasilla Community News

Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman

Wasilla Organizations

Greater Wasilla Chamber of Commerce
415 East Railroad Avenue
Wasilla, Alaska 99654
Phone: 907-376-1299
Fax: 907-373-2560

Wasilla Libraries

Wasilla Public Library
391 N Main St.
Wasilla, AK 99654
Phone: 907-376-5913

Wasilla Schools

Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District

Matanuska-Susitna College
PO Box 2889 Palmer, AK 99645
Phone: 907-745-9774 Wasilla


The population of Wasilla was:
1990 - 4,028
2000 - 5,469
2005 - 8,471
Median household income:
2000 - $ 48,226
2005 - $ 47,900

Median House Value:
2000 - $ 137,700
2005 - $ 158,800

Median age:
2000 - 29.7 years

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