Gateway 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.
IndexGatewayAlaskaNational
Cost of living index127133100
IndexGatewayAlaskaNational
Goods & Services index121119100
Groceries index123128100
Health care index138143100
Housing index142135100
Transportation index124146100
Utilities index109159100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Gateway, AK is shown above. Compared to the state average of Alaska the cost of living index in Gateway, AK is 127, which is 4% lower than the average in Alaska and compared to the national average it is 27% 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 Gateway, AK goods and services come in at 2% higher than the average in Alaska and are 21% higher than compared to the nationwide average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Gateway is 4% lower than the Alaska average.
  • The cost of living in Gateway is 27% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Gateway is 42% 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$98,125$8,177$2,289$2,944
Renters$49,125$4,094$1,146$1,474
The affordability of the housing market in Gateway, AK as well as the overall cost of living can be indicated accurately by what percent of the monthly income is spent on housing related costs. This is konwn as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The overall rule of thumb is that no more than 28% of your gross income should ever be used on the overall costs related to housing and no more than 36% of gross income on all expenses and debts. Among Gateway, AK homeowners, the median income is $98,125. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $2,289 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $49,125. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $1,146 used for their rent related monthly costs.

Alaska Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Alaska0%7%

Alaska Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Alaska0%0%
When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Gateway, 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

ItemGatewayNational avg.Difference
Haircut $19.20$14.5931.6%
Beauty Salon $51.20$34.6847.6%
Toothpaste $2.93$2.4718.5%
Shampoo $1.25$1.0222.3%
Movie $10.83$9.879.7%
Bowling $4.56$4.393.8%

Groceries

ItemGatewayNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $5.27$4.4817.7%
Fried Chicken $1.49$1.461.8%
Milk $2.37$2.360.6%
Potatoes $4.59$3.0649.9%
Pizza $10.00$9.248.2%
Beer $9.75$8.6312.9%

Health Care

ItemGatewayNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $182.40$99.7882.8%
Doctor $169.40$105.0361.3%
Dentist $127.80$88.7044.1%
Ibuprofen $9.20$9.412.3%
Lipitor $310.51$298.504.0%

Housing

ItemGatewayNational avg.Difference
Home Price $267,600.00$175,700.0052.3%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,842.82$1,081.0370.5%
Apartment Rent $1,086.00$920.0018.0%

Transportation

ItemGatewayNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.79$2.0933.3%
Tire Balancing $44.30$45.292.2%

Utilities

ItemGatewayNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$203.76$170.8019.3%
Phone $27.01$28.264.4%
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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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Palmer, AK6,25011616%
Buffalo Soapstone, AK87811717%
Knik River, AK69011717%
Meadow Lakes, AK7,13911919%
Wasilla, AK8,40612121%
Gateway, AK5,36712727%

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Ridgefield, WA5,37312727%
Gateway, AK5,36712727%
Source: The Gateway, AK cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.