2nd Class Borough
- Current Population
- Population Comment
- 2013 Department of Labor Estimate
- Pronunciation/Other Names
- (mat uh noo' skuh soo sit' nuh); abbr. Mat-Su
- Community's Judicial District
Geography and Climate
- The borough is comprised of the lush farmlands of the Matanuska and Susitna Valleys, approximately 40 miles northeast of Anchorage.
- The average temperatures in January range from 6 to 14 °F and in July from 47 to 67 °F. Annual precipitation averages 16.5 inches.
- Community Map Available
- Sq Mi Land
- Sq Mi Water
History and Culture
- By 1920, mining for gold and coal and construction of the Alaska Railroad sustained the local population. The Matanuska Valley was settled by homesteaders who led an agricultural lifestyle in the 1930s. Construction of the statewide road system and the rich farmlands fueled population growth. Today, borough residents enjoy a more rural lifestyle close to metropolitan Anchorage.
- Low housing costs, the rural lifestyle, and a reasonable commute to Anchorage for employment and services has made the Mat-Su Borough one of the fastest growing areas of Alaska in recent years.
- Federally Recognized Tribe
Facilities, Utilities, and Health Care
- Municipal Facilities & Utilities
- Landfill, Schools, Ice Arena, Libraries, Swimming Pools, Campgrounds, Day-Use Parks, Fire, Ambulance/EMS/Rescue, Public Safety Building, Animal Control, Port MacKenzie, Planning, Platting, Roads, Parks & Recreation, Talkeetna Water & Sewer System
- The area accesses both the Glenn and George Parks Highways. Commercial airlines serve the nearby Anchorage International Airport, but a local municipal airport supports private and chartered services. The Alaska Railroad provides for delivery of ocean freight.
- State Ferry
- Cargo Barge
- Road Connection