Palmer, AK

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2020 Population
7,359
3.2% 1-year growth
US Senator
Lisa Murkowski
Republican Party
US Senator
Dan Sullivan
Republican Party
US Representative
Don Young
Republican Party
2020 Median Age
31.5
4.65% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
12.9%
2.94% 1-year increase
2020 Median Household Income
$60,156
3.5% 1-year decline
2020 Median Property Value
$215,500
4.01% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
2,881
4.08% 1-year growth

About

In 2020, Palmer, AK had a population of 7.36k people with a median age of 31.5 and a median household income of $60,156. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Palmer, AK grew from 7,131 to 7,359, a 3.2% increase and its median household income declined from $62,339 to $60,156, a −3.5% decrease.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Palmer, AK are White (Non-Hispanic) (67.7%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (9.97%), American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (8.51%), White (Hispanic) (4.08%), and Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (2.95%).

None of the households in Palmer, AK reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

99% of the residents in Palmer, AK are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Palmer, AK are Alaska Bible College (8 degrees awarded in 2020).

In 2020, the median property value in Palmer, AK was $215,500, and the homeownership rate was 64.4%.

Most people in Palmer, AK drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 28.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Palmer, AK was 2 cars per household.

geosearchPopulation & Diversity

Palmer, AK is home to a population of 7.36k people, from which 99% are citizens. As of 2020, 2.7% of Palmer, AK residents were born outside of the country (199 people).

In 2020, there were 6.78 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (4.98k people) in Palmer, AK than any other race or ethnicity. There were 734 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 626 American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

99%
2020 Citizenship
98.5%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 99% of Palmer, AK residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Palmer, AK was 98.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Palmer, AK
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    4.98k ± 269
  2. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    734 ± 165
  3. American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic)
    626 ± 137
7.01%
Hispanic Population
516 people

In 2020, there were 6.78 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (4.98k people) in Palmer, AK than any other race or ethnicity. There were 734 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 626 American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

7.01% of the people in Palmer, AK are hispanic (516 people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Philippines
    19,548 ± 3,387 people
  2. Mexico
    3,665 ± 1,483 people
  3. Korea
    3,499 ± 1,449 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Alaska was Philippines, the natal country of 19,548 Alaska residents, followed by Mexico with 3,665 and Korea with 3,499.

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Foreign-Born Population

2.7%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
199 people
2.94%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
210 people

As of 2020, 2.7% of Palmer, AK residents (199 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Palmer, AK was 2.94%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Gulf War (2001-)
    275 ± 69
  2. Vietnam
    122 ± 37
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    107 ± 55

Palmer, AK has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 2.25 times greater than any other conflict.

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briefcaseEconomy

The economy of Palmer, AK employs 2.88k people. The largest industries in Palmer, AK are Health Care & Social Assistance (455 people), Retail Trade (425 people), and Public Administration (298 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($95,333), Utilities ($75,417), and Finance & Insurance ($70,833).

Males in Alaska have an average income that is 1.27 times higher than the average income of females, which is $56,568. The income inequality in Alaska (measured using the Gini index) is 0.435, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

2.88k
2020 Value
± 208
4.08%
1 Year growth
± 9.33%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Palmer, AK grew at a rate of 4.08%, from 2.77k employees to 2.88k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Palmer, AK, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (346 people), Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (251 people), and Material Moving Occupations (227 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Palmer, AK.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

2.88k
2020 Value
± 208
4.08%
1 Year growth
± 9.33%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Palmer, AK grew at a rate of 4.08%, from 2.77k employees to 2.88k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Palmer, AK, are Health Care & Social Assistance (455 people), Retail Trade (425 people), and Public Administration (298 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Palmer, AK, though some of these residents may live in Palmer, AK and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$42,074
Median earning men ± $5,756
$28,824
Median earning women ± $3,178

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2020 are Information ($75,469), Public Administration ($71,591), and Manufacturing ($54,688).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2020 are Public Administration ($54,318), Construction ($54,167), and Information ($50,625).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Alaska. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Alaska.

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Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Alaska to other states, or from other states to Alaska.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $10.1B
  2. $7.84B
  3. $4.1B

In 2020, the top outbound Alaska product (by dollars) was Crude petroleum with $10.1B, followed by Electronics ($7.84B) and Meat/seafood ($4.1B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Alaska products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$41.8B
2020 Value in Alaska
$68.3B
Projected 2050 Value in Alaska
63.4% growth

In 2020, total outbound Alaska trade was $41.8B. This is expected to increase 63.4% to $68.3B by 2050.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Alaska trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Alaska to other states, or from other states to Alaska.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $10.4B
  2. $3.24B
  3. $1.15B

In 2020, the top outbound Alaska domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was California with $10.4B, followed by Washington with $3.24B and Texas and $1.15B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Alaska shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan are the senators currently representing the state of Alaska. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Palmer, AK is currently represented by Don Young in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Alaska

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Lisa Murkowski
Senator from Alaska3
Assumed office on December 20, 2002
Appointed to the seat following the resignation of her father Frank Murkowski, who was elected List of Governors of Alaska|Governor of Alaska.
Dan Sullivan
Senator from Alaska2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan are the senators currently representing Alaska.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Alaska over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Palmer, AK

Don Young
Alaska at-large Representative
Republican Party

Palmer, AK is currently represented by Don Young (Republican Party).

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the member for Palmer, AK have changed over time starting in 2008.

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In 2020, universities in Palmer, AK awarded 8 degrees. The student population of Palmer, AK in 2020 is skewed towards men, with 25 male students and 15 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Palmer, AK are White (8 and 100%), followed by Asian (0 and 0%), Black or African American (0 and 0%), and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders (0 and 0%).

The largest universities in Palmer, AK by number of degrees awarded are Alaska Bible College (8 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Palmer, AK are Biblical Studies (8 and 100%).

The median tuition cost in Palmer, AK for private four year colleges is $9,000.

Enrollments by Gender and Races

In 2020 there were 40 students enrolled in Palmer, AK, 62.5% men and 37.5% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 35 records, of which 34.3% were women and 65.7% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
6 degree-majors awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Palmer, AK was Biblical Studies with 6 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Palmer, AK according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
8 degrees awarded

In 2020, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Alaska Bible College with 8 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

In 2020, 5 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Palmer, AK, which is 1.67 times more than the 3 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 8 degrees mean that there were InfinityM times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Asian, with 0 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($9,000) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2020.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($700) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2020.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($400) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

The graph shows the average net price by sector and year.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2020, 0.319% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.388% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2020 were High School or Equivalent (165k), Some college (154k), and Bachelors Degree (95.3k).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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homeHousing & Living

The median property value in Palmer, AK was $215,500 in 2020, which is 0.938 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $207,200 to $215,500, a 4.01% increase. The homeownership rate in Palmer, AK is 64.4%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.4%.

People in Palmer, AK have an average commute time of 28.3 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Palmer, AK is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Palmer, AK is $60,156. In 2020, the place with the highest median household income in Palmer, AK was Census Tract 12.02 with a value of $88,125, followed by Census Tract 3 and Census Tract 12.01, with respective values of $82,015 and $62,533.

Property

$215,500
Median Property Value 2020
±$6,634
$1,354
Median Property Taxes
±$119

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Palmer, AK the largest share of households pay taxes in the $2k - $3k range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Palmer, AK compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

64.4%
Homeownership
2020
64.4%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2020

In 2020, 64.4% of the housing units in Palmer, AK were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 62.5%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 12.02
  2. Census Tract 3
  3. Census Tract 12.01

In 2020, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Palmer, AK was Census Tract 12.02 with a value of $88,125, followed by Census Tract 3 and Census Tract 12.01, with respective values of $82,015 and $62,533.

The following map shows all of the places in Palmer, AK colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$60,156
Median Household Income
± $4,120
2.1k
Number of Households
± 149

In 2020, the median household income of the 2.1k households in Palmer, AK declined from $60,156 from the previous year's value of $62,339.

The following chart displays the households in Palmer, AK distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Palmer, AK is from Alaska.
0.435
2020 Wage GINI in Alaska
0.44
2019 Wage GINI in Alaska

In 2020, the income inequality in Alaska was 0.435 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 1.22% decline from 2019 to 2020, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Alaska was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Alaska in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (77.3%)
  2. Carpooled (12.3%)
  3. Worked At Home (4.95%)

In 2020, 77.3% of workers in Palmer, AK drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (12.3%) and those who worked at home (4.95%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

28.3 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Palmer, AK have a longer commute time (28.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 3.43% of the workforce in Palmer, AK have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Palmer, AK distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Palmer, AK have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

12.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Palmer, AK (906 out of 7.03k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 18 - 24, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males < 5.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Palmer, AK is White, followed by Native American and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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87.2% of the population of Palmer, AK has health coverage, with 35% on employee plans, 26.5% on Medicaid, 6.97% on Medicare, 13.7% on non-group plans, and 4.95% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Alaska was $11,064 in 2014. This is a 6.1% increase from the previous year ($10,428).

Primary care physicians in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, AK see 2030 patients per year on average, which represents a 8.52% decrease from the previous year (2219 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2006 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 509 patients per year.

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Alaska, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Patient to Clinician Ratios

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2,030 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, AK

Primary care physicians in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, AK see an average of 2,030 patients per year. This represents a 8.52% decrease from the previous year (2,219 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, AK in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Alaska across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2020, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 29.3% under 18 years, 26.6% between 18 and 34 years, 31.8% between 35 and 64 years, and 12.4% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 50.1% were men and 49.9% were women.

The following chart shows the number of people with health coverage by gender.

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Uninsured People

12.8%
Uninsured
35%
Employer Coverage
26.5%
Medicaid
6.97%
Medicare
13.7%
Non-Group
4.95%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Palmer, AK declined by 12.1% from 14.6% to 12.8%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Palmer, AK changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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