Ester 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.
IndexEsterAlaskaNational
Cost of living index132133100
IndexEsterAlaskaNational
Goods & Services index124119100
Groceries index123128100
Health care index148143100
Housing index103135100
Transportation index138146100
Utilities index245159100

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  • The cost of living in Ester is equal to the Alaska average.
  • The cost of living in Ester is 32% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Ester is 3% 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$68,125$5,677$1,589$2,044
Renters$39,755$3,313$928$1,193

Alaska Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Alaska0%7%

Alaska Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Alaska0%0%

Goods & Services

ItemEsterNational 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

ItemEsterNational 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

ItemEsterNational 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

ItemEsterNational avg.Difference
Home Price $190,700.00$175,700.008.5%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,310.09$1,081.0321.2%
Apartment Rent $836.00$920.009.1%

Transportation

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

Utilities

ItemEsterNational 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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
South Van Horn, AK54711515%
Fox, AK51011818%
Goldstream, AK3,91013232%
Fairbanks, AK32,10013737%
College, AK14,56813838%
Ester, AK2,65313232%

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Stanton, TX2,65382-18%
Oakland, FL2,65211111%
Lagrange, IN2,65283-17%
Abbeville, AL2,65477-23%
Somerset, WI2,65597-3%
Ester, AK2,65313232%
Source: The Ester, AK cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.