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Communities [populations in brackets]:
|Big Lake [2,635]
||Buffalo Soapstone 
||Farm Loop [,067]
|Glacier View 
||Knik River 
|Lake Louise 
|Lazy Mountain [1,158]
||Meadow Lakes [4,819]
|Point MacKenzie 
|Trapper Creek 
|Remainder of Borough [5,101]
The Borough is
comprised of the lush farmlands of the Matanuska and Susitna Valleys,
approximately 42 miles northeast of Anchorage. The area
encompasses 24,682 square miles of land. There are three
incorporated cities within the Borough: Houston, Palmer, and Wasilla.
Additionally, there are several unincorporated communities and 25 Borough
recognized community councils. The majority of the Borough
population resides in the "core area" surrounding the cities of Palmer and
Wasilla, and within the cities themselves. The remaining population
is spread out among the various unincorporated communities, as well as
some remote sites.
By 1920, gold, coal mining, 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.
No area of the state comes close to the growth rate in the Mat-Su
Borough. In the 1960's the Mat-Su Borough had a population of just
over 5,000 people. It was still a farming and mining community.
As late as 1980, the population was only 17,816. Between 1980 and
1990, the Borough population more than doubled from 17,816 to 39,683.
During the past decade, the population grew 49 percent.
Palmer is the Borough seat.