2nd Class Borough
- Area Type
- Current Population
- Population Comment
- 2013 DCCED Certified Estimate
- Pronunciation/Other Names
- (mat uh noo' skuh soo sit' nuh); abbr. Mat-Su
- Community's Judicial District
- Census Designated Place (CDP)
- Borough/Census Area FIPS Code
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 Matanuska-Susitna Borough can be accessed via the Glenn Highway, George Parks Highway, and Denali Highway.? There are four public transit providers operating throughout the borough and connecting to Anchorage. Ocean access is provided thruogh Port MacKenzie, at the head of Cook Inlet along the Knik Arm. The port includes a 1250' trestle dock with -60 feet of water at low tide, and a 500 foot bulkhead barge dock with -20 feet of water at low tide. The docks are configured to handle bulk commodities. A 32-mile rail extension is being completed to connect the port to the Alaska Railroad mainline. The Alaska Railroad bisects the Matanuska-Susitna Borough on its way from Anchorage to Fairbanks. There are over 180-miles of rail within the borough along which passengers can board or disembark at 'whistle stops'. The borough has the highest concentration of public and private airports in the nation. With 10 public airports and over 200 private airports, over 1,000 aircraft, more pilots per capita than most of the rest of Alaska and the nation, and millions of dollars of economic impacts to the region's economy, aviation is vitally important to the economy of the region and lifestyle of its residents. The borough contains over 200 airports concentrated primarily along the road system. The largest concentration of airports occurs between the Cities of Wasilla and Palmer, but the Willow and Talkeetna areas also have a significant number of airports. Most of the airports are privately owned and operated and used for travel, sightseeing, and recreation. There are also public airports at Palmer, Wasilla, and Talkeetna. The borough has many active floatplane lake and some of these lakes have been registered with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Virtually all lakes large enough are used for floatplane operations at some time during the year. There are over 2,000 miles of hiking, snowshoeing, skiing, snowmobiling, and ATV trails throughout the borough.
- State Ferry
- Cargo Barge
- Road Connection
- Incorporation Type
- 2nd Class Borough