Willow (Alaska)


Willow is a census -designated place (CDP ) in Matanuska- Susitna Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska in the United States. The area is located north of the city of Houston and is accessible via the George Parks Highway. The western boundary of the CDPs is the Susitna River.


The area of present-day CDPs Willow was first settled by natives of the Dena'ina Athabaskan -. The municipality was created in 1897 when it was found at the Willow Creek gold. During the construction of the Alaska Railroad surveyors, laborers and other settlers came to Willow. 1920 a railway station was built. During the Second World War, a radar warning station and an airfield was built. 1954 Willow Creek was Alaska's largest gold mining area with a production in the amount of approximately $ 18 million. The construction of the George Parks Highway in 1972 contributed to the growth in the area at. 1976 citizens chose Alaska Willow to their new capital. Funding for the transfer of the capital from Juneau to Willow was rejected in the election in 1982. As a result, Juneau remained the capital of Alaska.


Many residents Willows are in tourism (operation of lodges, travel guide and charter services) as well as in retail self-employed. Two lying in the area saw mills provide employment opportunities. Some residents work in the nearby neighborhood of Frankfurt cities Wasilla, Palmer and Anchorage. On Capitol Speedway known stock car races held throughout Alaska. Willow is now the official host of the known Idiatarod dogsled race.


At the time of the census in 2000 ( U.S. Census 2000) Willow CDP had 1,658 inhabitants on a land area of ​​1773.7 km ². The average age was 40.1 years ( national U.S. average: 35.3 years ). The per capita income ( per capita income engl. ) amounted to U.S. $ 22,323 ( U.S. National Average: U.S. $ 21,587 ). 22.1 % of residents were with their income below the poverty line ( national U.S. average: 12.4 %). 22.2% of the inhabitants are of German descent and 14.8 % are of Irish descent.