Nikiski 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.
IndexNikiskiAlaskaNational
Cost of living index118130100
IndexNikiskiAlaskaNational
Goods & Services index126119100
Groceries index132137100
Health care index143146100
Housing index109135100
Transportation index113129100
Utilities index100142100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Nikiski, AK is displayed above. In Nikiski, AK, the overall cost of living index is 118, which is 9% lower than the Alaska average and 18% higher than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Nikiski, AK, the city's goods and services are 6% higher than the Alaska average and 26% higher than the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Nikiski is 9% lower than the Alaska average.
  • The cost of living in Nikiski is 18% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Nikiski is 9% 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$70,763$5,897$1,651$2,123
Renters$73,711$6,143$1,720$2,212
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Nikiski, 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 Nikiski, AK homeowners have a median income of $70,763. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $1,651 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $73,711, which means there is a maximum of $1,720 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

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 Nikiski, 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

ItemNikiskiNational avg.Difference
Haircut $20.65$15.5632.7%
Beauty Salon $48.69$36.1134.8%
Toothpaste $3.38$2.4736.7%
Shampoo $1.09$0.9613.0%
Movie $11.40$10.1312.6%
Bowling $4.69$4.741.0%

Groceries

ItemNikiskiNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $5.81$3.9845.9%
Fried Chicken $1.63$1.4116.1%
Milk $2.26$2.069.5%
Potatoes $3.91$2.9831.1%
Pizza $10.99$9.4716.0%
Beer $10.38$8.7918.0%

Health Care

ItemNikiskiNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $195.09$101.0493.1%
Doctor $175.40$107.4463.3%
Dentist $135.20$90.4249.5%
Ibuprofen $10.12$9.289.0%
Lipitor $452.54$426.506.1%

Housing

ItemNikiskiNational avg.Difference
Home Price $187,000.00$175,700.006.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,748.13$1,133.2354.3%
Apartment Rent $1,064.00$920.0015.7%

Transportation

ItemNikiskiNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.32$1.9916.4%
Tire Balancing $48.21$45.765.4%

Utilities

ItemNikiskiNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$201.39$163.8122.9%
Phone $19.99$28.3929.6%
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.
Salamatof, AK1,04911616%
Kenai, AK7,34811818%
Soldotna, AK4,34512222%
Ridgeway, AK2,12812626%
Nikiski, AK4,53611818%

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Unalaska, AK4,53614444%
Newport, VT4,5351011%
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New Castle, CO4,53812121%
Goulding, FL4,53984-16%
Nikiski, AK4,53611818%
Source: The Nikiski, AK cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.