Badger cost of living index

In the event that the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used. Each cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. If the amount is below 100, it is lower than the national average. If the amount is above 100, it is higher than the national average.
IndexBadgerAlaskaNational
Cost of living index141133100
IndexBadgerAlaskaNational
Goods & Services index124119100
Groceries index123128100
Health care index148143100
Housing index132135100
Transportation index138146100
Utilities index245159100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Badger, AK. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Badger, AK being 141, that puts it 6% higher than the average of Alaska and 41% higher than our nation's average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city's goods. In the case of Badger, AK, the price of goods and services are 4% higher than the average of Alaska as well as 24% higher than the nation's average.

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  • The cost of living in Badger is 6% higher than the Alaska average.
  • The cost of living in Badger is 41% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Badger is 32% higher than the national average.
  • Alaska general sales tax is 100% lower than the national average.
  • Alaska state income tax is 100% lower than the national average.

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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$83,500$6,958$1,948$2,505
Renters$54,418$4,535$1,270$1,633
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Badger, AK, all you must look at is the percentage of monthly income that should be spent on housing expenses, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). Generally speaking, no more than 28 percent of your total gross income should be spent on your housing expenses and not more than 36 percent of your gross income on total expenses, including debts. In Badger, AK, the median monthly income is $83,500 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,948 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $54,418, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $1,270 on monthly rental expenses.

Alaska Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Alaska0%7%

Alaska Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Alaska0%0%
The Alaska sales tax and Alaska income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Badger, AK. Sales taxes are taxes that are imposed onto goods and services sold. Sales taxes do vary by state and can range from no tax at all to upwards of 7%. The Alaska sales tax is 0% and the maximum surtax is 7%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by the government. The income tax rates will vary by state and will also increase or decrease depending on the corresponding tax bracket. State income tax rates can range from anywhere from no tax at all to more than 9%. The Alaska income tax rates range from 0% to 0%.

Goods & Services

ItemBadgerNational avg.Difference
Haircut $13.32$14.598.7%
Beauty Salon $44.40$34.6828.0%
Toothpaste $2.93$2.4718.5%
Shampoo $1.25$1.0222.3%
Movie $12.00$9.8721.6%
Bowling $5.00$4.3913.9%

Groceries

ItemBadgerNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $5.71$4.4827.5%
Fried Chicken $1.61$1.4610.0%
Milk $2.37$2.360.6%
Potatoes $4.29$3.0640.1%
Pizza $12.99$9.2440.5%
Beer $10.32$8.6319.5%

Health Care

ItemBadgerNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $230.00$99.78130.5%
Doctor $173.50$105.0365.2%
Dentist $143.72$88.7062.0%
Ibuprofen $8.98$9.414.6%
Lipitor $308.87$298.503.5%

Housing

ItemBadgerNational avg.Difference
Home Price $209,600.00$175,700.0019.3%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,310.09$1,081.0321.2%
Apartment Rent $1,473.00$920.0060.1%

Transportation

ItemBadgerNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $3.10$2.0948.2%
Tire Balancing $49.53$45.299.4%

Utilities

ItemBadgerNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$591.16$170.80246.1%
Phone $29.63$28.264.9%
Although the cost of living data is updated regularly, this cost of living information is to be used as estimates only as prices can change on an ongoing basis.

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South Van Horn, AK54711515%
Fox, AK51011818%
Pleasant Valley, AK28012525%
Two Rivers, AK44112828%
Moose Creek, AK72813131%
Badger, AK21,17514141%

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Badger, AK21,17514141%
Source: The Badger, AK cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.