Wasilla, Alaska

Matanuska- Susitna Borough


Wasilla is a city in Matanuska- Susitna Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. The city is located 70 km north of Anchorage in the Matanuska- Susitna Valley between the Knik Arm, an inlet of Cook Inlets, the south and the Talkeetna Mountains to the north. A few kilometers east branches of the George Parks Highway on the Glenn Highway and passes through Wasilla.


Wasilla was established in 1917 with the construction of the Alaska Railroad. The name comes from Chief Wasilla, a chief of the tribe of the Dena'ina Athabaskan -. During the Second World War was Wasilla supply station for the coal and gold mining in the area. The construction of the George Parks Highway in the early 1970s was a direct connection to Anchorage. The town is famous for the historic starting point of the Iditarod at the leading out of the city of Knik Road. However, this was postponed for today held sporting dog sled race from commercial and logistical reasons to Anchorage. Wasilla has the municipal law since 1974.


At the time of the census in 2000 ( U.S. Census 2000) had Wassila CDP 5,469 inhabitants on a land area of 30.3 km ². The average age was 29.7 years ( national U.S. average: 35.3 years ). The per capita income ( per capita income engl. ) amounted to U.S. $ 21,127 ( U.S. National Average: U.S. $ 21,587 ). 9.6 % of residents were with their income below the poverty line ( national U.S. average: 12.4 %). 20.0 % of the inhabitants are of German origin, 14.0% are Irish and 10.2% English ancestry. About 30 % of the working population of the city to work in Anchorage.


From 1996 to 2002 Sarah Palin served as mayor of Wasilla. From December 2006 to July 2009 she was Governor of the State of Alaska. In the presidential elections in 2008 she ran for the vice-presidency under the Republican presidential candidate John McCain. The band Portugal. The Man comes from Wasilla.