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Current Population: 3,274   (2011 Alaska Department of Labor Estimate)

Incorporation Type:   Unincorporated

Located In: Matanuska-Susitna Borough

Taxes:  Sales: None, Property: 10.35 mills (borough); excludes service area taxes, Special: 5% Bed Tax (Borough); 5.29% Tobacco Excise Tax (Borough)

National Flood Insurance Program Participant: Yes



Location and Climate

Butte is located south of Palmer in the Mat-Su Borough, between mile 9 and mile 16 of the Old Glenn Highway. It lies at the foot of Bodenberg Butte, east of a Matanuska River, 42 miles north of Anchorage. The community lies at approximately 61.542220° North Latitude and -149.033330° West Longitude.  (Sec. 23, T017N, R002E, Seward Meridian.)   Butte is located in the Palmer Recording District.

Temperatures in January range from -35 to 33 °F. Temperatures in July range from 42 to 85 °F. Average annual precipitation is 16.5 inches, and average annual snowfall is 43 inches.


History, Culture and Demographics

Athabascan Dena'ina Natives traveled through the Butte area on a winter trail from Eklutna up the Knik River to the Copper River. A large Dena'ina village called Hutnaynut'l, or "burnt over," existed in the Bodenburg area. The first farm was homesteaded in 1917 by John Bodenburg. In 1935, 25 tracts were settled in the Butte area by the Matanuska Colonists, around "Camp 10" along Bodenburg Loop Road. More land was settled after World War II. Several saw mills operated between 1940 and 1970. Low housing costs, the semi-rural lifestyle, and a reasonable commute to Anchorage have supported growth in the Mat-Su Valley.

"The Butte" is a large suburban settlement. Students are bused to Palmer for middle and high school.

According to Census 2010, there were 1,304 housing units in the community and 1,205 were occupied. Its population was 4.3 percent American Indian or Alaska Native; 90.4 percent white; 0.3 percent black; 0.6 percent Asian; 0.2 percent Pacific Islander; 4 percent of the local residents had multi-racial backgrounds. Additionally, 3.1 percent of the population was of Hispanic descent.


Facilities, Utilities, Schools and Health Care

Most homes in Butte have individual water wells, septic systems, and complete plumbing. Butte Elementary School and the local trailer court and cafe also have individual wells. A borough-operated refuse transfer station is located at Mile 2, Plumley Road. Electricity is provided by Matanuska Electric Association. There is one school located in the community, attended by 301 students. Local hospitals or health clinics include Valley Hospital in Palmer or Anchorage hospitals.  Emergency Services have highway and air access and are within 30 minutes of a higher-level satellite health care facility. Emergency service is provided by 911 Telephone Service and volunteers.  Auxiliary health care is provided by Butte Ambulance Service (907-373-8800/745-4811) Valley Hospital in Palmer or Anchorage hospitals.



The majority of Butte residents are employed in the Palmer/Wasilla area or Anchorage. Farming and wholesale distribution of farm products are the main industries. A few small businesses serve local needs.

The 2006-2010 American Community Survey (ACS) estimated 1,5391 residents as employed. The public sector employed 22.9%1 of all workers. The local unemployment rate was 11.4%1. The percentage of workers not in labor force was 36.4%1. The ACS surveys established that average median household income (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) was $65,795 (MOE +/-$8,791)1. The per capita income (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) was $30,059 (MOE +/-$3,489)1. About 6.0%1 of all residents had incomes below the poverty level. 




Butte lies along the Old Glenn Highway. An 1,806' long by 50' wide public airstrip, owned and operated by the Butte Airman's Association, is available. The railroad and other means of transportation are also accessible in Palmer and Anchorage.

Organizations with Local Offices

Community Non Profit - Butte Community Council
P.O. Box 4201
Palmer, AK 99645-4201
Phone 907-745-2467
Fax 907-764-6426

Electric Utility - Matanuska Electric Association, Incorporated
P.O. Box 2929
Palmer, AK 99645
Phone 907-761-9328


Regional Organizations

School District - Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District
501 N. Gulkana
Palmer, AK 99645
Phone 907-746-9255
Fax 907-761-4076

Regional Native Corporation - Cook Inlet Region, Incorporated
P.O. Box 93330
Anchorage, AK 99509-3330
Phone 907-274-8638
Fax 907-263-5182

Regional Native Health Corporation - Southcentral Foundation
4501 Diplomacy
Anchorage, AK 99508
Phone 907-729-4955
Fax 907-729-4972

Regional Native Non-Profit - Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Incorporated
3600 San Jeronimo Dr
Anchorage, AK 99508
Phone 907-793-3600
Fax 907-793-3602


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