Juneau’s cost of living rises; is now more expensive than Anchorage or Fairbanks

Housing prices above Atlanta, Miami

Juneau’s cost of living has risen in the past year, according to new figures from the Council for Community and Economic Research.

Each year, the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development publishes a report on the cost to live in various communities across the state. As part of its report, the department uses figures from the council, which has been collecting data since 1961. In Juneau, the Juneau Economic Development Council surveys a series of bellweather prices and submits the data to the council (which is also known as C2ER).

According to the report from the first quarter of 2018, the difference between the national average and Juneau prices for groceries, housing, utilities and transportation all grew between 2017 and 2018.

Elsewhere in the state, the difference shrank, indicating prices closer to the national average.

Juneau is now more expensive than Fairbanks or Anchorage, according to the report, with a cost of living 34.5 percent greater than the national average. Fairbanks was 29.8 percent above the average; Anchorage was 28.4 percent above the average.

Utility prices in Fairbanks were more than twice the national average, but its grocery, housing and transportation prices are all below Juneau’s, contributing to a lower overall cost of living.

Juneau’s housing prices, more than 50 percent above the national average, are higher than those in Atlanta or Miami, but less than half that of San Francisco or Manhattan.

DV.load(“https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4600238-180713Cost-of-Living.js”, {
responsive: true,
height: 800,
container: “#DV-viewer-4600238-180713Cost-of-Living”
});

180713Cost of Living (PDF)

180713Cost of Living (Text)


• Contact reporter James Brooks at jbrooks@juneauempire.com or 523-2258.


More in News

Wild Shots: Photos of Mother Nature in Alaska

Reader-submitted photos of Southeast Alaska in autumn 2020.

Trump public lands boss removed for serving unlawfully

He served unlawfully for 424 days without being confirmed by the Senate, judge determined.

Juneau City Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
Property taxes are due soon

City reminds there are several ways to pay.

Police calls for Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020

This report contains public information from law enforcement and public safety agencies.

City reports new cases, state announces 46th death

City and Borough of Juneau reported three new COVID-19 cases on Thursday.… Continue reading

Police calls for Friday, Sept. 25, 2020

This report contains public information from law enforcement and public safety agencies.

Associated Press
                                In this March 2017 photo, volunteer handlers guide teams out of the dog yard and down the chute to the starting line of the 45th Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Fairbanks, Alaska. The world’s most famous sled dog race will go forward in 2021, and officials are preparing for every potential contingency now for what the coronavirus and the world might look like in March when the Iditarod starts.
Iditarod preps for any scenario as 2021 race plans proceed

The world’s most famous sled dog race will go forward in 2021.

City, state announce new COVID-19 cases

Results in from Glory Hall testing, too.

Most Read