These Are The 10 Most Expensive Cities In Alaska


We used science and data to determine which cities in Alaska that will put a big dent in your wallet.

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Everyone wants a home that mixes affordability with comfort and Alaska does this very well. Families love the Last Frontier’s beaches, midlands, and mountains as tourists before moving here and calling it home.

But before you decide to relocate, you have to do some research into the exact cost of living around the state — and that’s how we’re going to help you.

These are the places in Alaska that cost a pretty penny — the most expensive cities in the state. After we saved up for months and could finally afford it, we landed on this list of the ten most expensive cities in Alaska:

  1. Anchorage (Photos)
  2. Ketchikan (Photos)
  3. Bethel (Photos)
  4. Dillingham
  5. Homer (Photos)
  6. Cordova
  7. Fairbanks (Photos)
  8. Kodiak (Photos)
  9. Barrow
  10. Kotzebue

If you’re wondering, Kenai is the most affordable city in Alaska.

Read on to see why these places cost so much more than average. Or check out the most affordable places in Alaska.

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How We Determined The Most Expensive Cities In Alaska

There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Gas
  • Health Insurance
  • Utilities
  • Transportation

You can then compare the cost of these things in each of the places in Alaska to figure out which is the most expensive.

For reference, the United State averages a cost of living 100. A score below 100 means that the city has a below average cost of living while a score over 100 has a high cost of living for that category.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 12 places in Alaska that have more than 2,000 people.

The city with the highest cost of living index, Anchorage, rank as being the most expensive.

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1. Anchorage

Anchorage, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 298,178
Services Index: 121
Groceries Index: 123
Housing Index: 144
Healthcare Index: 138
Transportation Index: 124
Utilities Index: 109

2. Ketchikan

Ketchikan, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,173
Services Index: 112
Groceries Index: 125
Housing Index: 127
Healthcare Index: 149
Transportation Index: 155
Utilities Index: 142

3. Bethel

Bethel, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,295
Services Index: 117
Groceries Index: 143
Housing Index: 127
Healthcare Index: 137
Transportation Index: 167
Utilities Index: 141

4. Dillingham

Dillingham, Alaska

Source: Flickr

Population: 2,255
Services Index: 117
Groceries Index: 143
Housing Index: 127
Healthcare Index: 137
Transportation Index: 167
Utilities Index: 141

5. Homer

Homer, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,229
Services Index: 121
Groceries Index: 123
Housing Index: 130
Healthcare Index: 138
Transportation Index: 124
Utilities Index: 109

6. Cordova

Cordova, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,637
Services Index: 121
Groceries Index: 123
Housing Index: 125
Healthcare Index: 138
Transportation Index: 124
Utilities Index: 109

7. Fairbanks

Fairbanks, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,100
Services Index: 124
Groceries Index: 123
Housing Index: 115
Healthcare Index: 148
Transportation Index: 138
Utilities Index: 245

8. Kodiak

Kodiak, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,280
Services Index: 117
Groceries Index: 143
Housing Index: 113
Healthcare Index: 137
Transportation Index: 167
Utilities Index: 141

9. Barrow

Barrow, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,296
Services Index: 124
Groceries Index: 123
Housing Index: 108
Healthcare Index: 148
Transportation Index: 138
Utilities Index: 245

10. Kotzebue

Kotzebue, Alaska

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,273
Services Index: 124
Groceries Index: 123
Housing Index: 104
Healthcare Index: 148
Transportation Index: 138
Utilities Index: 245

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck

Well there you have it, the places in Alaska that have the highest cost of living, with Anchorage ranking as the most exensive city in the Last Frontier.

If you’re curious, here are the most least expensive cities in Alaska:

  1. Kenai
  2. Houston
  3. Kotzebue

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Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Alaska

City Rank Population Services Groceries Healthcare Housing Transportation Utilities
Anchorage 1 298,178 121 123 138 144 124 109
Ketchikan 2 8,173 112 125 149 127 155 142
Bethel 3 6,295 117 143 137 127 167 141
Dillingham 4 2,255 117 143 137 127 167 141
Homer 5 5,229 121 123 138 130 124 109
Cordova 6 2,637 121 123 138 125 124 109
Fairbanks 7 32,100 124 123 148 115 138 245
Kodiak 8 6,280 117 143 137 113 167 141
Barrow 9 4,296 124 123 148 108 138 245
Kotzebue 10 3,273 124 123 148 104 138 245
Houston 11 2,058 121 123 138 98 124 109
Kenai 12 7,348 121 123 138 97 124 109

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