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Overall 20%
Goods & Services 6%
Housing 28%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects 2019 and was released from C2ER in January, 2020; this is the most current data available.
The cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. For example, if the cost of living is 90, then it is 10% lower than average. If the cost of living is 110, then it is 10% higher than average. The breakdown for each index is as follows: goods & services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). If the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used.
IndexGirdwoodAnchorageAlaska
Cost of living120127128
Goods & Services106106112
Groceries131131137
Health care142142147
Housing128152135
Transportation113113120
Utilities125125147

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Girdwood is 6% lower than the Anchorage average
  • The cost of living in Girdwood is 20% higher than the national average
  • Girdwood housing 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)
      Household$110,579$9,215$2,580$3,318

      Alaska Sales Tax

      StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
      Alaska0%7%

      Alaska Income Tax

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      Goods & Services

      ItemAnchorageNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $20.00$17.4914.4%
      Beauty Salon $46.00$38.1720.5%
      Toothpaste $3.10$2.3233.6%
      Shampoo $1.12$1.0110.7%
      Movie $12.18$10.7213.6%
      Bowling $18.50$13.8633.5%

      Groceries

      ItemAnchorageNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $4.74$3.9021.5%
      Fried Chicken $1.68$1.4020.4%
      Milk $2.54$1.9629.4%
      Potatoes $4.11$3.1829.1%
      Pizza $8.49$10.3918.3%
      Beer $9.99$9.238.2%

      Health Care

      ItemAnchorageNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $213.85$106.34101.1%
      Doctor $181.67$115.2557.6%
      Dentist $140.50$98.3842.8%
      Ibuprofen $9.35$9.261.0%
      Lipitor $561.49$466.4720.4%

      Housing

      ItemAnchorageNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $298,000.00$184,700.0061.3%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,022.15$1,273.3258.8%
      Apartment Rent $1,231.00$949.0029.7%

      Transportation

      ItemAnchorageNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.98$2.5914.9%
      Tire Balancing $56.00$48.9014.5%

      Utilities

      ItemAnchorageNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$243.53$167.6045.3%
      Phone $181.41$163.4211.0%
      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.
      Sunrise, AK5311616%
      Whittier, AK31897-3%
      Anchorage, AK299,32112727%

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      City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Cincinnati, OH298,01190-10%
      Stockton, CA301,44311010%
      St. Paul, MN297,1601033%
      Pittsburgh, PA305,30591-9%
      Lexington-Fayette, KY311,52994-6%
      Anchorage, AK299,32112727%
      Source: The Girdwood, Anchorage, AK cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.