Borough is comprised of the lush farmlands of the Matanuska and Susitna
Valleys, approximately 42 miles northeast of Anchorage. It lies at
approximately 61░ 36' N Latitude, 149░ 06' W Longitude . The community
is located in the Palmer, Anchorage, Talkeetna Recording District. The
area encompasses 24,694 sq. miles of land and 539 sq. miles of water.
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. Construction of the statewide road system and
the rich farmlands fueled population growth. Today, Borough residents
enjoy a more rural lifestyle close to metropolitan Anchorage.