Farmers Loop 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.
IndexFarmers LoopAlaskaNational
Cost of living index131130100
IndexFarmers LoopAlaskaNational
Goods & Services index121119100
Groceries index123135100
Health care index152148100
Housing index118135100
Transportation index122124100
Utilities index218141100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Farmers Loop, AK is shown above. Compared to the state average of Alaska the cost of living index in Farmers Loop, AK is 131, which is 1% higher than the average in Alaska and compared to the national average it is 31% higher than. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Farmers Loop, AK goods and services come in at 1% higher than the average in Alaska and are 21% higher than compared to the nationwide average.

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  • The cost of living in Farmers Loop is 1% higher than the Alaska average.
  • The cost of living in Farmers Loop is 31% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Farmers Loop is 18% 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)
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Farmers Loop, AK as well as the overall cost of living. As a general rule of thumb, the debt-to-income ratio (DTI) for homeowners or renters should be not more than 28 percent of gross income to be spent on housing related costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses, including debts. The median income for Farmers Loop, AK homeowners, is $110,656. This would allow for a maximum of $2,582 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $45,099 which would result in a maximum of $1,052 to be spent on rental costs.

Alaska Sales Tax

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Alaska Income Tax

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When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Farmers Loop, AK, it's important to take into account the sales tax for Alaska, as well as the rate for income tax in Alaska. Goods and services sold to consumers in any state have some form of sales tax. Each state has its own tax code, which means that sales tax rates vary from state to state, ranging from over 7% in some states to as low as 0% in others. The maximum surtax for Alaska is 7%, and the sales tax in the state of Alaska is 0%. Alternatively, the tax imposed on your income by the state government is known as income tax. The rate for this tax also varies from state to state, and your rate is affected by your tax bracket, which is determined by your level of income. Income tax rates might be as high as 9%, down to as low as 0%. The range for income tax rates in Alaska starts from 0% and goes up to 0%.

Goods & Services

ItemFarmers LoopNational avg.Difference
Haircut $14.31$16.0911.0%
Beauty Salon $47.15$37.3326.3%
Toothpaste $2.97$2.4521.5%
Shampoo $1.09$1.008.9%
Movie $13.17$10.2828.1%
Bowling $5.00$4.931.4%


ItemFarmers LoopNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.88$3.8028.3%
Fried Chicken $1.65$1.4018.4%
Milk $2.51$2.0124.9%
Potatoes $3.54$3.0117.6%
Pizza $12.66$9.8928.1%
Beer $10.06$8.9013.0%

Health Care

ItemFarmers LoopNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $227.00$102.16122.2%
Doctor $184.00$108.3669.8%
Dentist $150.43$92.5362.6%
Ibuprofen $9.98$9.287.6%
Lipitor $444.56$425.824.4%


ItemFarmers LoopNational avg.Difference
Home Price $243,400.00$184,700.0031.8%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,576.61$1,202.4431.1%
Apartment Rent $829.00$949.0012.6%


ItemFarmers LoopNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.96$2.2432.1%
Tire Balancing $46.99$46.291.5%


ItemFarmers LoopNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$490.93$165.96195.8%
Phone $36.65$28.6827.8%
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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Farmers Loop, AK4,51713131%

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Source: The Farmers Loop, AK cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2017.