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Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): 91.86
Rent Index: 38.97
Groceries Index: 98.95
Restaurants Index: 80.90
Consumer Price Plus Rent Index: 65.62
Local Purchasing Power: 179.10

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Restaurants [Edit] Avg.
Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 12.00 $
10.00
15.00
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 65.00 $
40.00
70.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 8.20 $
7.50
9.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 5.00 $
4.50
5.75
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 5.50 $
5.00
6.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.08 $
3.60
4.75
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 2.01 $
1.89
2.50
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 1.73 $
1.50
1.99
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 4.11 $
3.75
4.50
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 3.29 $
2.50
4.00
Rice (white), (1 lb) 3.00 $
3.00
3.00
Eggs (12) 3.36 $
2.89
3.89
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.19 $
4.00
4.50
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 3.83 $
3.00
5.00
Apples (1 lb) 2.73 $
2.00
3.25
Oranges (1 lb) 2.45 $
2.00
2.89
Tomato (1 lb) 3.20 $
3.00
3.50
Potato (1 lb) 1.04 $
1.00
1.12
Lettuce (1 head) 2.29 $
2.00
2.55
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.26 $
1.80
3.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 12.00 $
9.00
15.99
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.25 $
2.25
2.25
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 2.00 $
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 9.88 $
7.00
10.00
Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.00 $
1.75
2.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 60.00 $
50.00
80.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 2.62 $
2.50
2.75
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.05 $
2.00
2.09
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 41.50 $
38.00
45.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 3.41 $
2.50
4.39
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 26,450.00 $
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 201.75 $
133.08
300.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.25 $
0.25
0.25
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 68.20 $
60.00
76.00
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 61.66 $
49.99
75.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 12.50 $
10.00
15.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 12.00 $
10.00
12.75
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 41.25 $
39.99
45.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 38.50 $
35.00
42.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 69.93 $
64.00
75.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 88.00 $
45.00
129.00
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,166.67 $
1,100.00
1,200.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 985.00 $
870.00
1,100.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,900.00 $
1,750.00
2,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,533.33 $
1,500.00
1,600.00
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 160.26 $
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 130.74 $
111.48
150.00
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 3,825.36 $
3,750.72
4,000.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 3.67
3.50
4.25

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Last update: September, 2015

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16 Comments so far

#Robert on Jul 27, 2015 :
#Kim on Jun 14, 2014 :
Do African Americans live in Alaska please don't not be offended just really want to know

Why would you even care? If you can not stand the sight of a black person or knowing a black person lives in your state, you are a sad excuse for a person. There is no place you will be happy. Your best bet would be to leave this earth.
#Phoenix on Jul 07, 2015 :
99.9 % of Alaskans are very friendly. I have a Filipina for a wife I am white. We were welcome. Now live in Palmer. It's not the color of skin that matters, but what is in a person's heart n mind. Just teat everyone as you would like to be treated.
#black beauty on May 19, 2015 :
Are we talking about cost of living in Alaska or race here.Who is this Ron person? Ron find something better to do.It is only small minded people with no love for the creator who indulge in race war.What a world we would have if only one race exist!
Kim African Americans do live in Alaska.I am one of many.There are many natives Alaskan in Anchorage.Anchorage is one of the most diverse places you will ever see.Lots of filipinos,Koreans,Russians,and people from all over the world.Very nice place to be.I was surprise to find caucasians in the minority.Many natives do marry whites.I work in health care was surprise to find that combo and the unity of races."Anonymous" there are plenty of opportunities for health care workers.You have the Native hospital(ANMC),Providence hospital and Alaska Regional hospital.You also have nursing homes such as Prestige Nursing and rehabilitation center,providence care and also opportunity in home healthcare.You can even live in Anchorage and work in the valley or do the reverse.A number of people commute from Wasilla to Anchorage-about 45 minutes drive.Or from Eagle River to Anchorage.Houses are cheaper to buy and rent in Wasilla and Eagle river so many people live in these places but work in Anchorage.For all the folks who want to move to Alaska it would be the best decision of your life.Stay away from the "Views"-mountain view,fairview or any community in Anchorage ending with 'view'. These communities are often on the news in connection with shootings or other crime.The rent may be cheaper but there seem to be people of unsound character living in them.(I am not saying that every one living in these communities are bad people,but that like anywhere else,some communities are not safe to live or raise your kids.Alaska in general is a great place to raise your kids and be in touch with nature.
I hope i have shed some light on the city.I am no authority on Alaska and Alaskans ways of life but just giving a birds eye view of what I know,seen and experience.I love all races because we are all one.If you are not so incline do not move to beautiful Alaska.

Also you will find that there is a liquor store around every corner.Alaskans love to drink and get drunk.Alcohol abuse is a serious problem in Anchorage so drive carefully and look out for drunk drivers.Some drive on ice and snow like it is the smooth pavement.I was taken aback at how crazy some people drive.Unlike in the _48 where the streets are treated with salt the streets in Alaska are treated with gravel.So if you have a bad winter snow falls on snow and becomes ice and you will literally be driving on ice and snow at some point.That been said Anchorage does a great job of cleaning the roads especially the high ways.You will find that the high ways and exit are not as formidable as some in the _48.In fact when my friend picked me up from the airport I was taken aback by the simplicity and user friendliness of the roads.(if you are anything like me,you would love this,because I am not the most confident driver and hate frightening high ways and excessive traffic scene).You never drive in and around Anchorage and not tell your self how lucky you are to be in one of the most beautiful places on earth.The mountains and its jagged terrains keeps you in awe every time.I get all excited when the snow clothes them and leave the most beautiful scene you will ever seen.
love to all.
#blah on May 14, 2015 :
Yes in fact I live with some. They are really fun to hang out with.
#mc651.0 on Nov 11, 2014 :
Sorry Ron.. We are everywhere! The only way to escape us is for U TO DIE!
#Alex on Nov 05, 2014 :
@Kim, check Wikipedia for census information. Dominant race is white though.
#anonymous on Nov 04, 2014 :
that's kind of messed up @Ron pl do not appreciate what you have to say about Africans. if you do not have anything nice to say leave unsaid, because i am from the Blackfeet reservation in Montana we do not discriminate pl because of their history. thanks just saying..!!
#chris on Oct 23, 2014 :
A great article on the cost of living in Alaska 2014 by niels fried. http://laborstats.alaska.gov/col/col.pdf

As far as the cheapest apartment rentals for a two bedroom I would try amber ridge at about $985 plus elec/water. Country Lane is about 1,025 plus water only. Park plaza is nicer but its $1,220 plus elec/water all the rest are going around that $1,200/month or more for the two bedroom. Your best bet is too look for a small condo or house to rent but thats going to run $1,500 plus. IF you are looking for a three bedroom, you can try conifer grove at $1,300 plus water/elec, sliver ridge at $1,465 plus water/elec or legacy west at $1,325 plus water/sewer/refuse. Stay away from anything in the mountain view or fairview areas. Try to rent in Southside if you can although it will be a small drive to work in the midtown area.
#Anonymous on Oct 23, 2014 :
Hi we are moving in alaska next year by june. I just wanna know what is the cheapest place to live in achorage. We are moving with my husband and my two kids and we dont have any relatives in there, we are really new in the place so pretty please i just wanna know how is the cost of living there! By the way we are both working as a certified nursing assistant(CNA) isnt there is any healthcare opportunity in there to start our life? Thank u so much!
#Anonymous on Oct 23, 2014 :
Hi we are moving in alaska next year by june. I just wanna know what is the cheapest place to live in achorage. We are moving with my husband and my two kids and we dont have any relatives in there, we are really new in the place so pretty please i just wanna know how is the cost of living there! By the way we are both working as a certified nursing assistant(CNA) isnt there is any healthcare opportunity in there to start our life? Thank u so much!
#Levi on Oct 02, 2014 :
Ron you uncivilized whore, who let you out of your cage?
#Ron on Sep 06, 2014 :
Yes.
It sucks but its ok.
You'll hardly see them :)
(Let alone smell!)
#Travis on Aug 17, 2014 :
Rylie, if this is your first move to AK, most will advise Anchorage as its amenities are the most similar to the lower 48.
#Rylie on Aug 11, 2014 :
Haha oh my god. That was funny but in all seriousness I'm moving to Alaska and want to know what city would be best for a small family it might be two or three of us. I need to know
#Austin on Jun 17, 2014 :
Yes, but as with some other places they are not the majority of people.
#Kim on Jun 14, 2014 :
Do African Americans live in Alaska please don't not be offended just really want to know

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