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Overall 36%
Goods & Services 13%
Housing 62%
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.
IndexSitkaAlaskaNational
Cost of living136128100
Goods & Services113112100
Groceries143137100
Health care149147100
Housing162135100
Transportation122120100
Utilities134147100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Sitka is 6% higher than the Alaska average
  • The cost of living in Sitka is 36% higher than the national average
  • Sitka housing is 62% 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$88,750$7,396$2,071$2,663
      Renters$49,943$4,162$1,165$1,498
      The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Sitka, AK, as well as the overall cost of living. As a general rule of thumb, the debt-to-income ratio (DTI) for homeowners or renters should be not more than 28 percent of gross income to be spent on housing related costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses, including debts. The median income for Sitka homeowners, is $88,750. This would allow for a maximum of $2,071 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $49,943 which would result in a maximum of $1,165 to be spent on rental costs.

      Alaska Sales Tax

      StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
      Alaska0%7%

      Alaska Income Tax

      StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
      Alaska0%0%

      Goods & Services

      ItemSitkaNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $20.00$17.4914.4%
      Beauty Salon $44.13$38.1715.6%
      Toothpaste $3.09$2.3233.1%
      Shampoo $1.22$1.0120.6%
      Movie $12.25$10.7214.2%
      Bowling $13.33$13.863.8%

      Groceries

      ItemSitkaNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $4.27$3.909.5%
      Fried Chicken $1.99$1.4042.6%
      Milk $2.64$1.9634.5%
      Potatoes $4.04$3.1826.9%
      Pizza $11.99$10.3915.4%
      Beer $9.74$9.235.5%

      Health Care

      ItemSitkaNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $226.17$106.34112.7%
      Doctor $210.67$115.2582.8%
      Dentist $148.33$98.3850.8%
      Ibuprofen $10.17$9.269.8%
      Lipitor $474.23$466.471.7%

      Housing

      ItemSitkaNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $341,600.00$184,700.0084.9%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,056.55$1,273.3261.5%
      Apartment Rent $1,019.00$949.007.4%

      Transportation

      ItemSitkaNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $3.51$2.5935.3%
      Tire Balancing $50.00$48.902.3%

      Utilities

      ItemSitkaNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$265.95$167.6058.7%
      Phone $188.61$163.4215.4%
      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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      City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Sitka, AK8,92113636%

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      Cape St. Claire, MD8,91813030%
      Madeira, OH8,9241099%
      Pulaski, VA8,91881-19%
      Atoka, TN8,91791-9%
      Lake Villa, IL8,9161033%
      Sitka, AK8,92113636%
      Source: The Sitka, AK cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.