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Information for Moving to Wasilla, AK - Matanuska-Susitna Borough
Wasilla, AK is located right in the heart of the Matanuska-Susitna Valley in the southern part of Alaska. As of 2010, Wasilla was home to 7,831 people and had an area of 12.4 square miles. Wasilla is also a part of the Anchorage metropolitan area, and because of the short distance, many people who live in Wasilla commute to Anchorage for work. Even though Wasilla is a small town, it is a friendly and beautiful city where many people love to reside. Keep reading for more information on moving to Wasilla, AK.
Like most places in Alaska, Wasilla is very cold, and the average yearly temperature is 36 F. In the summer, Wasilla’s average high temperatures only get as high as about 70 F, while the average low temperatures in the winter dip down into the single digits. Wasilla’s average yearly precipitation is 17.2 inches with 52.1 inches of snow! So, needless to say, you’ll want to make sure that you have very warm winter clothes when moving to Wasilla!
The city of Wasilla is served by the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District (MSBSD) which is comprised of 45 schools and has an enrollment of over 17,000 students. MSBSD has a total of 21 schools located in Wasilla: 11 elementary schools, two middle schools, three high schools, two K-12 schools and three charter schools. Wasilla is also home to four private elementary schools and two private high schools.
In Wasilla, driving would be the easiest way to get around. Wasilla is connected to the Glenn Highway which leads to Anchorage as well as to areas in the Kenai Peninsula and to the George Parks Highway which leads to the northern part of Alaska or south to Canada. Wasilla also provides public transportation with Mat-Su Transit (MASCOT) which has buses on weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. that have several stops between Wasilla and the neighboring city of Palmer.
When moving to Wasilla, you can count on having access to some of the best and freshest seafood in the whole country. However, Wasilla also offers an eclectic mix of local foods that are absolutely delicious. Some of the local favorites include Krazy Moose Subs, North Star Bakery, La Fiesta DOS, Tokyo Japanese Restaurant, Red Beet Bistro, Lil’ Peas BBQ and Evangelo’s Restaurant.
For some fun, check out some of the great attractions that Wasilla offers! The Dorothy Page Museum, Wasilla’s first museum, has exhibits featuring facts about the local history of the city, and Valley Performing Arts is a community theater that puts on dramas, comedies and musicals throughout the year. To experience the beauty of Alaska’s landscape, take a hike on the Matanuska Glacier or head to Finger Lake where you can canoe, jet ski or swim! For a short weekend vacation, check out Nancy Lake Recreation Site which has a 12 mile canoe trail and cabins for rent. No matter what you love to do, you’ll be able to find it in Wasilla!