Palmer 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 index117130100
Goods & Services index126119100
Groceries index132137100
Health care index143146100
Housing index105135100
Transportation index113129100
Utilities index100142100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Palmer, AK is shown above. Compared to the state average of Alaska the cost of living index in Palmer, AK is 117, which is 10% lower than the average in Alaska and compared to the national average it is 17% 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 Palmer, AK goods and services come in at 6% higher than the average in Alaska and are 26% higher than compared to the nationwide average.

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  • The cost of living in Palmer is 10% lower than the Alaska average.
  • The cost of living in Palmer is 17% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Palmer is 5% 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 affordability of the housing market in Palmer, 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 Palmer, AK homeowners, the median income is $72,336. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,688 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $36,513. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $852 used for their rent related monthly costs.

Alaska Sales Tax

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Alaska Income Tax

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When you are determining the total cost of living in Palmer, AK you will want to make sure you consider both the Alaska sales tax and the Alaska income tax rates. Sales tax come in the form of taxes levied on both services and goods that are sold. The sales tax rates are different state to state and range from zero sales tax to higher than 7%. The sales tax in Alaska is 0%, with the highest surtax being 7%. Tax that is on income by the government is income tax. Different states have different income tax rates and these rates can be higher or lower dependent on the corresponding tax bracket. The state income tax rates are different state to state and range from no income tax to more than 9% income tax. The income tax rates in Alaska have a range from 0% to 0%.

Goods & Services

ItemPalmerNational 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%


ItemPalmerNational 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

ItemPalmerNational 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%


ItemPalmerNational avg.Difference
Home Price $187,300.00$175,700.006.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,748.13$1,133.2354.3%
Apartment Rent $920.00$920.00 


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


ItemPalmerNational 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.

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Sutton-Alpine, AK1,39011313%
Buffalo Soapstone, AK87811818%
Knik River, AK69011818%
Meadow Lakes, AK7,13912020%
Wasilla, AK8,40612222%
Palmer, AK6,25011717%

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Source: The Palmer, AK cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.