Sterling, AK Cost Of Living

Demographics | Cost Of Living
Updated: 2021-02-06
123
Sterling's Overall Cost Of Living
1.2x
Higher Than The National Average
11 out of 24
In Alaska
4,962 out of 6,399
In America
The cost of living index is set to 100 for the average place in America. An index above 100 means Sterling is expensive, while a number below 100 means it's a relatively cheap place to live.

What is the cost of living in Sterling, AK?

According to the most recent data on the cost of living, Sterling has an overall cost of living index of 123 which is 1.2x higher than the national index of 100.

Compared to only Alaska, Sterling has a cost of living index that's 1.0x lower than Alaska's index of 128.

The standard of living in Sterling ranks as #4,965 most affordable out of the 6,522 places we measured in Alaska. By definition, that implies Sterling ranks as the #1,442 most expensive place in the Last Frontier.

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Sterling Cost Of Living Vs. Alaska

Living Expense Sterling Alaska National Average
Overall 123 128 100
Services 106 112 100
Groceries 131 137 100
Health 142 147 100
Housing 140 135 100
Transportation 113 120 100
Utilities 125 147 100
For more reading on cost of living around Alaska, check out:
Sterling Cost of Living Vs. AK

Sterling, AK Housing Cost Breakdown

Housing swings affordability the most between places in Alaska, so we broke down the statistics around housing costs into more detail. It's also important to consider median household incomes to make apples-to-apples comparisons across locations.

Home and income come data comes from the most recent US Census ACS 2014-2018.

$303,800
Median Home Value
$951
Median Rent
$83,889
Median Income
Statistic Sterling Alaska United States
Median Home Value $303,800 $270,400 $217,500
Median Rent $951 $1,244 $1,062
Median Income $83,889 $77,640 $62,843
Home Value To Income 3.6x 3.5x 3.5x
Rent To Monthly Income 0.14x 0.19x 0.2x

Detailed Sterling Services Costs Vs. Alaska

Item Sterling Alaska
Shampoo $1.12 $1.01
Movie $12.18 $10.72
Bowling $18.5 $13.86

Detailed Sterling Groceries Costs Vs. Alaska

Item Sterling Alaska
Ground Beef $4.74 $3.9
Fried Chicken $1.68 $1.4
Milk $2.54 $1.96

Detailed Sterling Health Costs Vs. Alaska

Item Sterling Alaska
Haircut $20.0 $17.49
Beauty Salon $46.0 $38.17
Toothpaste $3.1 $2.32

Detailed Sterling Transportation Costs Vs. Alaska

Item Sterling Alaska
Potatoes $4.11 $3.18
Pizza $8.49 $10.39
Beer $9.99 $9.23
Optometrist $213.85 $106.34
Doctor $181.67 $115.25
Dentist $140.5 $98.38

Detailed Sterling Utilities Costs Vs. Alaska

Item Sterling Alaska
Gasoline $2.98 $2.59
Tire Balancing $56.0 $48.9
All Electricity $243.53 $167.6
Phone $181.41 $163.42

Sterling SnackAbility

5
/10
Overall SnackAbility
Jobs
7/10
Housing
8.5
Affordability
8
Diversity
6
Safety
N/A
Amenities
5
Education
8
Commute
5

Cost Of Living In Cities Around Sterling

City Population Cost Of Living Vs. Sterling
Kalifornsky, AK 8,581 120 1.0x
Kenai, AK 7,742 114 0.9x

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