1st Class City
in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough
- Area Type
- Current Population
- Population Comment
- 2013 DCCED Certified Estimate
- Pronunciation/Other Names
- (wah sill' uh)
- Community's Judicial District
- Recording District
- Census Designated Place (CDP)
- Borough/Census Area FIPS Code
- Place FIPS
Geography and Climate
- Wasilla is located midway between the Matanuska and Susitna Valleys, on the George Parks Highway. It lies between Wasilla and Lucille Lakes, 43 miles north of Anchorage.
- January temperatures range from -33 to 33 °F; July temperatures range from 42 to 83 °F. The average annual precipitation is 17 inches, with 50 inches of snowfall.
- Community Map Available
- Sq Mi Land
- Sq Mi Water
History and Culture
- Wasilla was named after the respected local Dena'ina Indian, Chief Wasilla (also known as Chief Vasili). In the Dena'ina Athabascan Indian dialect, "Wasilla" is said to mean "breath of air." Other sources claim the chief derived his name from the Russian language, and that "Wasilla" is a variation of the Russian name "Vasili". The townsite was established in 1917 at the intersection of the Carle Wagon Road (now Wasilla-Fishhook Road) and the newly-constructed Alaska Railroad. It was a supply base for gold and coal mining in the region through World War II. The Matanuska-Susitna Valley was settled by many colony homesteaders in the 1930s. Construction of the George Parks Highway through Wasilla in the early 1970s provided direct access to Anchorage. This enabled families to live in Wasilla and commute to Anchorage for employment. The city was incorporated in 1974.
- Residents are close to the urban amenities of Anchorage.
- Federally Recognized Tribe
- Name of Federally Recognized Tribe
- Native Village of Kanatak
Facilities, Utilities, and Health Care
- Municipal Facilities & Utilities
- Piped Water, Piped Sewer, Police, Regional Dispatch Center, Animal Control, Airport, Library, Museum, Roads, Mat-Su Youth Court, Recreation, Softball Fields,Baseball Fields, Skate Park, Tennis Courts, Horseshoe Pits, Volleyball Courts, Wonderland Playground, Skating Rink, Curtis D. Manard Memorial Sports Center, Cemetery
- Wasilla is well connected by land to surrounding communities. The George Parks Highway and Glenn Highway connect Wasilla to Anchorage, Fairbanks, Denali National Park, and Palmer, as well as a number of smaller communities. The Alaska Railroad serves Wasilla on the Anchorage to Fairbanks route, while Mat-Su Valley Public Transportation provides bus service between Wasilla, Palmer, and Anchorage. Commercial air service is available at Anchorage International Airport, located 45 miles away. Wasilla's municipal airport has a paved runway with parking for transient aircraft. Numerous additional private airstrips also operate in the vicinity. Float planes land at Wasilla Lake, Jacobsen Lake, and Lake Lucille.
- State Ferry
- Cargo Barge
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- Community's Senate District
- Community's House District
- Incorporation Type
- 1st Class City