in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough
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Geography and Climate
- Farm Loop is located in the center of the lush farmlands of the Matanuska Valley, about 42 miles northeast of Anchorage, off the Glenn Highway. It is just north of Palmer, off of Farm Loop Road and Willow-Fishhook Road.
- The average temperatures in January range from 4 to 21 °F and in July from 44 to 67 °F. Annual precipitation averages 16.5 inches, with 50 inches of snowfall.
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History and Culture
- Palmer was established as a planned agricultural colony. Two hundred three families, mostly from Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota, relocated to Alaska in the early summer of 1935. Many of their descendants still live in the Mat-Su Valley today. Low housing costs, the semi-rural lifestyle, and a reasonable commute to Anchorage have supported growth in the Mat-Su Valley.
- Federally Recognized Tribe
Facilities, Utilities, and Health Care
- Farm Loop is located off of the Glenn Highway. Commercial airlines serve the Anchorage International Airport, but the Palmer Municipal Airport supports private and chartered services. There are several additional privately-owned airstrips in the vicinity. Float planes may land at nearby Finger Lake or Wolf Lake. The Alaska Railroad connects Palmer to Whittier, Seward, or Anchorage for ocean freight delivery.
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