Barrow 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 index123128100
Goods & Services index115112100
Groceries index125137100
Health care index155147100
Housing index102135100
Transportation index113120100
Utilities index209147100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Barrow, AK. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Barrow, AK being 123, that puts it 4% lower than the average of Alaska and 23% 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 Barrow, AK, the price of goods and services are 3% higher than the average of Alaska as well as 15% higher than the nation's average.
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  • The cost of living in Barrow is 4% lower than the Alaska average.
  • The cost of living in Barrow is 23% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Barrow is 2% 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)
A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living is by simply calculating the maximum that a person should spend on housing in Barrow, AK, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The safest way to live in the city is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income that one earns on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Barrow, AK has a median income of about $69,271 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,616 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $80,175. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $1,871 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

Alaska Sales Tax

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Alaska Income Tax

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When assessing the complete cost of living in Barrow, 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

ItemBarrowNational avg.Difference
Haircut $14.48$17.4917.2%
Beauty Salon $51.50$38.1734.9%
Toothpaste $3.19$2.3237.4%
Shampoo $1.09$1.017.7%
Movie $13.45$10.7225.4%
Bowling $15.20$13.869.7%


ItemBarrowNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $5.27$3.9035.1%
Fried Chicken $1.59$1.4013.9%
Milk $2.59$1.9632.0%
Potatoes $3.89$3.1822.2%
Pizza $11.99$10.3915.4%
Beer $10.18$9.2310.3%

Health Care

ItemBarrowNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $260.00$106.34144.5%
Doctor $206.00$115.2578.7%
Dentist $151.20$98.3853.7%
Ibuprofen $8.78$9.265.2%
Lipitor $576.33$466.4723.6%


ItemBarrowNational avg.Difference
Home Price $177,800.00$184,700.003.7%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,577.67$1,273.3223.9%
Apartment Rent $1,097.00$949.0015.6%


ItemBarrowNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $3.19$2.5923.2%
Tire Balancing $48.39$48.901.0%


ItemBarrowNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$496.67$167.60196.3%
Phone $178.41$163.429.2%
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.
Barrow, AK4,31612323%

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Dimmitt, TX4,31776-24%
Williamstown, MA4,31512424%
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Garwood, NJ4,31513333%
Atlantic Highlands, NJ4,31814545%
Barrow, AK4,31612323%
Source: The Barrow, AK cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.
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