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Current Population:                                           32   (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

Chase is located on the east bank of the Susitna River, 9 air miles north of Talkeetna in the Mat-Su Borough. It lies approximately 125 miles from Anchorage, at mile 236 of the Alaska Railroad. There is no road access. The community lies at approximately 62.456110° North Latitude and -150.115280° West Longitude.  (Sec. 1, T027N, R005W, Seward Meridian.)   Chase is located in the Talkeetna Recording District.

On average, January temperatures range from 1 to 20 °F. July temperatures range from 49 to 68 °F. Average annual total precipitation is 28 inches, and average annual snowfall is 121 inches.


History, Culture and Demographics

Chase derives its name from Nancy Chase, the daughter of R.D. Chase, who was a special disbursing agent for the Alaska Engineering Commission at Anchorage. In 1919, the railroad station at mile 236.2 of the Alaska Railroad was originally named "Nanchase." A creamery was constructed at nearby Curry in 1927. This created a market for milk produced in the Matanuska Valley. Most of the butter was sold through hotels operated by the Alaska Railroad. In 1933 the creamery equipment was transferred to the Matanuska Experiment Station in Palmer. Several state land disposals in the 1970s and 1980s brought settlers into the area.

Residents lead a self-reliant lifestyle, based on hunting, fishing, and gardening. There is no local school; children are home-schooled or attend Talkeetna area schools.

According to Census 2010, there were 209 housing units in the community and 18 were occupied. 100 percent white;


Facilities, Utilities, Schools and Health Care

One-third of homes have individual water wells, septic systems, and complete plumbing. The remaining two-thirds haul water and use outhouses. There is no central electrical system. Private gasoline/diesel generators and wind generators are used. A borough refuse transfer station is located near Trapper Creek and at Sunshine, mile 102 of the Parks Highway. Electricity is provided by Individual Generators. There are schools located in the community, Local hospitals or health clinics include Valley Hospital in Palmer Sunshine Community Health Center in Talkeetna Anchorage hospitals.  Emergency Services have highway and air access.  Auxiliary health care is provided by Sunshine Community Health Center in Talkeetna Valley Hospital in Palmer or Anchorage hospitals.



Chase residents live a subsistence lifestyle.

The 2006-2010 American Community Survey (ACS) estimated 611 residents as employed. The public sector employed 32.8%1 of all workers. The percentage of workers not in labor force was 22.8%1. The per capita income (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) was $26,859 (MOE +/-$1,959)1




The railroad will drop travelers at the head of a trail leading into Chase. There is no direct road access, except from the George Parks Highway to nearby Talkeetna. The nearest airport is at Talkeetna. There is a system of trails throughout the community.

Organizations with Local Offices

Community Non Profit - Chase Community Council
P.O. Box 349
Talkeetna, AK 99676-0349
Phone 907-733-3038



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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