Welcome to Palmer

Embrace charming life with a breathtaking mountain backdrop.

With the majestic backdrop of towering mountains, Palmer is a gem within the Anchorage vicinity that offers a serene and picturesque setting. This quaint neighborhood exudes a small-town feel that is both welcoming and enriching, making it a delightful area for those seeking peace and a tight-knit community atmosphere. The streets of Palmer are lined with charming homes, local businesses, and lush landscapes, presenting an idyllic scene that captures the heart of Alaska's natural beauty and its warm, community-oriented spirit.

Living in Palmer means embracing the outdoors and the unique culture that comes with it. The neighborhood's proximity to the mountains offers residents unparalleled access to outdoor adventures, while its community-focused events and local establishments create a vibrant social scene. It's a place where the pace of life slows down, allowing residents to savor each moment and build lasting connections within the community.

What to Love

  • Proximity to the mountains for endless outdoor adventures.
  • Quaint and peaceful atmosphere that feels like a step back in time.
  • Strong community-oriented spirit with frequent local events and gatherings.

Local Lifestyle

Palmer's lifestyle is defined by its serene environment and strong community bonds. Here, neighbors become friends, and the local events calendar is always bustling with activities that bring people together. The great outdoors plays a significant role in daily life, with hiking, skiing, and fishing just a few of the activities that residents enjoy against the stunning backdrop of Alaska's natural landscape. This blend of tranquil living and active community participation creates a balanced and fulfilling lifestyle for those lucky enough to call Palmer home.

Dining and Shopping

Palmer is a treasure trove of local eateries and boutiques, each adding its own flavor to the neighborhood's charming character. The Noisy Goose is a local favorite, offering hearty, home-cooked meals that embody the spirit of Alaskan hospitality. For those seeking a more refined culinary experience, Feather and Flour provides an exquisite selection of baked goods and artisanal fare that delights the senses. Vagabond Blues serves as a cozy gathering spot where the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and the sound of live music create an inviting atmosphere. Lastly, beer enthusiasts will find their haven in Palmer, with Bleeding Heart Brewery and Matanuska Brewery offering a range of craft beers that celebrate the rich flavors of Alaska.

Things to Do

Palmer is a hub of activity, offering a variety of events and attractions that cater to all interests. The Alaska State Fair is a highlight of the year, drawing crowds from across the state to enjoy the vibrant displays, thrilling rides, and live entertainment. It's a celebration of Alaska's agricultural heritage and a testament to the community spirit of Palmer. For those with a penchant for the unique and antique, the Vintage Market presents an opportunity to explore a treasure trove of collectibles and handcrafted goods, making it a perfect outing for the entire family.

Another key event, the Friday Fling, transforms downtown Palmer into a bustling marketplace each week during the summer months. It's a place where local artisans, farmers, and musicians come together, showcasing the creativity and camaraderie of the Palmer community. Meanwhile, the Palmer Alehouse offers a relaxed setting for enjoying craft beer and live music, embodying the laid-back and friendly atmosphere that defines the neighborhood.


Palmer is home to several notable schools that serve the educational needs of the community with distinction. Palmer High School and Colony High School are known for their commitment to academic excellence and robust extracurricular programs. Sherrod Elementary and Swanson Elementary provide nurturing environments for younger students, fostering a love for learning early on. Additionally, Birchtree Charter School offers an alternative educational approach, emphasizing hands-on learning and community involvement.

Overview for Palmer, AK

5,978 people live in Palmer, where the median age is 30.5 and the average individual income is $28,487. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Around Palmer, AK

There's plenty to do around Palmer, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Bear Naked BBQ, Buzz's Bakery, and 203 Kombucha.

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Dining · $$ 0.15 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 4.76 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 0.66 miles 21 reviews 4.9/5 stars
Dining · $ 0.67 miles 9 reviews 4.9/5 stars
Dining · $ 1.11 miles 19 reviews 4.8/5 stars
Dining · $$ 0.3 miles 41 reviews 4.8/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Palmer, AK

Palmer has 2,063 households, with an average household size of 2.74. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Palmer do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 5,978 people call Palmer home. The population density is 1,178.7 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Schools in Palmer, AK

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The following schools are within or nearby Palmer. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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9th - 12th
Sherrod Elementary
K - 5th
Academy Charter School
K - 8th
Palmer Middle School
6th - 8th
6th - 12th
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Swanson Elementary
PreK - 2nd
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