Cost of Living in Alaska

The cost of living in Alaska is 30% higher than the national average
Cost of Living in Alaska Compared to National Average
Housing (Buy and Rent) 17% higher
Utilities (Monthly) 49% higher
Food 36% higher
Healthcare 48% higher
Transportation 28% higher
Goods & Services 30% higher
Summary

The cost of living in Alaska is 30% higher than the national average. Housing is 17% higher than the national average, while utilities are 49% higher. When it comes to basic necessities such as food and clothing, groceries are around 30% higher than in the rest of the country, while clothing costs 30% higher.

Healthcare services such as doctor check-ups and dentistry cost 48% higher in Alaska compared to the national average. At the same time, non-necessary expenses such as entertainment and grooming services are 30% higher.

The Cost of Living in Alaska Largest Cities Compared to the National Average

This is how much pricier or cheaper it is to live in Alaska’s 5 largest cities compared to the national average.
The cost of living in Alaska varies depending on the city you live in. The priciest city in Alaska is Unalaska, where the cost of living is 13% higher compared to the state average and 47% higher than in the rest of the U.S. The cheapest major city in Alaska is Anchorage, with a cost of living 4% lower below the state average and 24% higher than the national average.
City, State Compared to State Average Compared to National Average
Unalaska, AK 13% higher 47% higher
Juneau, AK 1% lower 28% higher
Kodiak, AK 3% lower 25% higher
Fairbanks, AK 4% lower 24% higher
Anchorage, AK 4% lower 24% higher
What is a cost of living calculator?

The cost of living calculator tells you how much money you need to maintain your current standard of living in a different city. The cost of living comparison is based on your income and the price of basic necessities such as housing, transportation or food in the two cities you selected. Use the calculator to find out what income you will need in a new city and how much more or less you’ll need to budget for basic expenses.

Where does the data come from?

Consumer goods, services and home prices are sourced from The Cost of Living Index published by the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER).
The data on this page is updated bi-annually and it was last published in March 2024.

Average rent data is our in-house proprietary data from Yardi Matrix, where available. For the remaining locations, C2ER rent data was used. Yardi Matrix is a business development and asset management tool for brokers, sponsors, banks and equity sources underwriting investments in the multifamily, office, industrial and self-storage sectors, a division of Yardi Systems, Inc.

Household income data is sourced from the U.S. Census Bureau’s most recent estimates.