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Matanuska-Susitna Borough is a borough located in the state of Alaskamarker, United Statesmarker. As of 2008, , the population was 82,515. The borough seat is Palmermarker and the largest city in the borough is Wasillamarker.

Matanuska-Susitna Borough is part of the Anchoragemarker Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The Mat-Su Borough is so designated because it contains the entire Matanuska and Susitna Rivers. These rivers empty into Cook Inlet which is the southern border of the Mat-Su Borough. This area is one of the few agricultural areas of Alaska.


The borough has a total area of 25,260 square miles (65,423 km²), of which, 24,682 square miles (63,925 km²) of it is land and 578 square miles (1,498 km²) of it (2.29%) is water.

Adjacent boroughs and census areas

National protected areas


As of 2008, (Alaska Dept. of Labor) there were 82,515 people residing in the borough. According to the 2000 Census, the population density was 2 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 27,329 housing units at an average density of 1 per square mile (0/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 87.55% White, 0.69% Black or African American, 5.50% Native American, 0.70% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 0.86% from other races, and 4.57% from two or more races. 2.50% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 20,556 households out of which 42.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.90% were married couples living together, 9.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.80% were non-families. 20.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.84 and the average family size was 3.29.

In the borough the population was spread out with 32.20% under the age of 18, 7.40% from 18 to 24, 31.10% from 25 to 44, 23.40% from 45 to 64, and 5.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 108.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 108.10 males.

Schools in the Borough are administered by the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District.

Politics and government

Matanuska-Susitna was among a few places in America carried by Ross Perot in the 1992 Presidential election. Attorney and history teacher, Talis Colberg is the Mayor of the Borough.

Cities and towns

See also


  1. Alaska Dept. of Labor
  2. Geographie Electorale

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