Wasilla is a city in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, United States and the sixth-largest city in Alaska. It is located on the northern point of Cook Inlet in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley of the southcentral part of the state. Wasilla is the largest city in the borough and a part of the Anchorage metropolitan area, which had an estimated population of 396,142 in 2013. The Matanuska-Susitna Valley, which spans 23,000 square miles, is located 42 miles northeast of Anchorage. It has a population of 55,747 people and encompasses the communities of Palmer, Wasilla, Big Lake, Houston, Willow, Talkeetna, Trapper Creek, Sutton, Chickaloon, Eureka, Lake Louise, and Skwentna. It is the link between Alaska’s two largest cities, Anchorage to the south and Fairbanks to the north. The Matanuska-Susitna Valley is comparable in size to the State of West Virginia. A close commute to JBER, many military families choose to live in the Palmer/Wasilla areas.Wasilla is home to the world-famous Iditarod Sled Dog Race to Nome each spring and contains some of the most breathtaking scenery in Alaska including majestic snowcapped mountains, crystal clear streams, rushing rivers, glaciers and an abundance of wildlife. Palmer hosts the annual Alaska State Fair, where local farmers show award-winning vegetables iincluding a record breaking 138.25 cabbage, 1689 lb pumpkin and a 168.8 lb watermelon in 2014. Everything grows big here in Alaska!