in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough
- Area Type
- Place of Interest
- Current Population
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- 2013 Department of Labor Estimate
- Pronunciation/Other Names
- (soo sit' nuh); includes Alexander
- Community's Judicial District
- Recording District
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Geography and Climate
- Susitna is located on the west bank of the Susitna River, at the foot of Mount Susitna. It lies 30 air miles northwest of Anchorage, west of Big Lake, in the Mat-Su Borough.
- January temperatures range from 4 to 23 °F; July can vary from 47 to 68 °F.
- Community Map Available
- Sq Mi Land
- Sq Mi Water
History and Culture
- The name "Susitna" applies to the valley, the river, a historic Native site, and the present community. In 1881, Petroff listed the "Sushetno" as a collection of 146 Kenai Natives living "on and up the Sushetno River." The 1890 Census found 27 houses and 142 people in "Sushitna," on the east bank of the river. The village was later referred to as a Tanaina Athabascan settlement. The Susitna post office was established in 1906 and discontinued in 1943. The current area is located on the west bank of the river.
- The majority of residents are non-Native. Some residents are commercial fishermen; others are retired.
- Federally Recognized Tribe
Facilities, Utilities, and Health Care
- This site is not accessible by road. It lies on the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race path. Charter float planes provide transportation and cargo from Anchorage. A dirt runway is available. Its river is often shallow and air boats and jet-propulsion river boats are necessary for travel.
- State Ferry
- Cargo Barge
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