Cold Bay cost of living index

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. 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. The breakdown for each index is as follows: goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). In the event that the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used.
IndexCold BayAlaskaNational
Cost of living118128100
IndexCold BayAlaskaNational
Goods & Services115112100
Health care140147100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Cold Bay is 7% lower than the Alaska average
  • The cost of living in Cold Bay is 18% higher than the national average
  • Cold Bay housing is equal to 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

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      Alaska Sales Tax

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      Alaska Income Tax

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      Goods & Services

      ItemCold BayNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $27.07$17.4954.8%
      Beauty Salon $45.87$38.1720.2%
      Toothpaste $4.43$2.3291.0%
      Shampoo $1.53$1.0150.9%
      Movie $9.00$10.7216.1%
      Bowling $4.00$13.8671.1%


      ItemCold BayNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $4.10$3.905.0%
      Fried Chicken $1.49$1.406.8%
      Milk $2.80$1.9642.5%
      Potatoes $5.46$3.1871.6%
      Pizza $11.17$10.397.4%
      Beer $10.94$9.2318.5%

      Health Care

      ItemCold BayNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $204.28$106.3492.1%
      Doctor $180.89$115.2557.0%
      Dentist $125.67$98.3827.7%
      Ibuprofen $10.63$9.2614.8%
      Lipitor $442.34$466.475.2%


      ItemCold BayNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $0.00$184,700.00100.0%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,700.63$1,273.3233.6%
      Apartment Rent $950.00$949.000.1%


      ItemCold BayNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $3.07$2.5918.3%
      Tire Balancing $57.17$48.9016.9%


      ItemCold BayNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$289.11$167.6072.5%
      Phone $17.00$163.4289.6%
      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.
      Cold Bay, AK6011818%

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      Cold Bay, AK6011818%
      Source: The Cold Bay, AK cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.