Ketchikan 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.
Cost of living index127133100
Goods & Services index112119100
Groceries index125128100
Health care index149143100
Housing index128135100
Transportation index155146100
Utilities index142159100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Ketchikan, AK. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Ketchikan, AK being 127, that puts it 4% lower than the average of Alaska and 27% 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 Ketchikan, AK, the price of goods and services are 5% lower than the average of Alaska as well as 12% higher than the nation's average.

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  • The cost of living in Ketchikan is 4% lower than the Alaska average.
  • The cost of living in Ketchikan is 27% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Ketchikan is 28% 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)
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Ketchikan, AK, as well as what the average cost of living is. Generally, a good rule to follow is that the debt-to-income (DTI) level you want to maintain is 28 percent or less of your income on your rent or mortgage payment and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. In Ketchikan, AK homeowners have a median income of $70,469. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $1,644 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $37,074, which means there is a maximum of $865 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

Alaska Sales Tax

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Alaska Income Tax

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When assessing the complete cost of living in Ketchikan, AK, the Alaska income tax and the Alaska sales tax percentages should unquestionably be taken into consideration. Sales taxes aren't just levies imposed onto sold goods, but they also include taxes that are charged when services are provided for a fee. The rates are different from state to state and can run has high as 7 percent. Some states have no sales tax at all. The Alaska maximum surtax is 7%, and the Alaska sales tax is 0%. By contrast, income tax is an unfortunate obligation that is charged by the government against earnings. Just like sales taxes, the rates for income taxes differ from state to state. They also decrease or increase according to the individual's tax bracket. Tax rates can run as high as 9 percent, with a minimum of zero. Income tax rates range from 0% to 0% in Alaska.

Goods & Services

ItemKetchikanNational avg.Difference
Haircut $19.67$14.5934.8%
Beauty Salon $38.17$34.6810.1%
Toothpaste $2.79$2.4712.8%
Shampoo $1.20$1.0217.4%
Movie $11.50$9.8716.5%
Bowling $5.25$4.3919.5%


ItemKetchikanNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $5.01$4.4811.9%
Fried Chicken $1.51$1.463.1%
Milk $2.52$2.366.9%
Potatoes $5.61$3.0683.2%
Pizza $12.62$9.2436.5%
Beer $9.82$8.6313.8%

Health Care

ItemKetchikanNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $201.00$99.78101.4%
Doctor $172.75$105.0364.5%
Dentist $151.00$88.7070.2%
Ibuprofen $9.40$9.410.1%
Lipitor $307.94$298.503.2%


ItemKetchikanNational avg.Difference
Home Price $237,800.00$175,700.0035.3%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,650.65$1,081.0352.7%
Apartment Rent $1,006.00$920.009.3%


ItemKetchikanNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $3.62$2.0972.9%
Tire Balancing $48.10$45.296.2%


ItemKetchikanNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$300.95$170.8076.2%
Phone $26.75$28.265.3%
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.
Saxman, AK47011616%
Ketchikan, AK8,17312727%

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Pleasant Hill, MO8,17393-7%
Abingdon, VA8,17696-4%
New Albany, OH8,16914040%
Croton-on-Hudson, NY8,16815959%
Ashland, WI8,16794-6%
Ketchikan, AK8,17312727%
Source: The Ketchikan, AK cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.