Butte, Alaska

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Butte, Alaska
Location of Butte, Alaska
Location of Butte, Alaska
Coordinates: 61°32′53″N 149°1′36″W / 61.54806°N 149.02667°W / 61.54806; -149.02667Coordinates: 61°32′53″N 149°1′36″W / 61.54806°N 149.02667°W / 61.54806; -149.02667
Country United States
State Alaska
Borough Matanuska-Susitna
 • Borough mayor Larry DeVilbiss[1]
 • Total 41 sq mi (106.3 km2)
 • Land 40.3 sq mi (104.3 km2)
 • Water 0.7 sq mi (1.9 km2)
Elevation 92 ft (28 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 3,246
Time zone Alaska (AKST) (UTC-9)
 • Summer (DST) AKDT (UTC-8)
Area code(s) 907
FIPS code 02-09710
GNIS feature ID 1416898

Butte is a census-designated place (CDP) in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. It is part of the Anchorage, Alaska Metropolitan Statistical Area. At the 2010 census the population was 3,246. Butte is located between the Matanuska River and the Knik River approximately 5 miles (8 km) southeast of Palmer. It is accessible via the Old Glenn Highway.

Butte is often considered part of nearby Palmer. The area contains, and is typically defined by, Bodenburg Butte, a small hill that has a hiking trail of approximately three-quarters of a mile. Also in Butte is Jim Creek, a place where one can fish, hunt, enjoy off-roading activities, or just hang out, which is what many locals do. General remoteness and minimal patrolling by law enforcement results in some criminal activity such as dumping of trash and destruction of stolen vehicles.

The Butte has its own elementary school, although the closest high school is Palmer High School. Businesses in the Butte consist of a couple gas stations, a few coffee shops, a café, a few auto repair shops, a local boatbuilder,[2] and the Reindeer Farm.


Butte is located at 61°32′53″N 149°1′36″W / 61.54806°N 149.02667°W / 61.54806; -149.02667 (61.548030, -149.026617).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 41.0 square miles (106 km2), of which, 40.3 square miles (104 km2) of it is land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2) of it (1.80%) is water.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 2,561 people, 884 households, and 671 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 63.6 people per square mile (24.5/km²). There were 964 housing units at an average density of 23.9/sq mi (9.2/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 92.50% White, 0.51% Black or African American, 2.89% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 0.51% from other races, and 3.40% from two or more races. 1.25% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 884 households out of which 37.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.6% were married couples living together, 7.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.0% were non-families. 19.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.89 and the average family size was 3.28.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 30.5% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 29.2% from 25 to 44, 25.7% from 45 to 64, and 7.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 106.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.7 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $55,573, and the median income for a family was $58,796. Males had a median income of $46,298 versus $32,933 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $22,522. About 7.2% of families and 9.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.8% of those under age 18 and 3.5% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ "2013 ACoM Members". Online Resource Center, Alaska Conference of Mayors. Juneau: Alaska Municipal League. 2013. Retrieved May 29, 2013. 
  2. ^ http://hylitefabrication.com/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.