Cost of Living in Cold Bay, Alaska

Cost of Living in Cold Bay, Alaska

Cold Bay is a city in Aleutians East Borough, Alaska, with a population of 52. The total cost of housing, food, child care, transportation, health care, taxes, and other necessities for a single adult in Cold Bay is $38,387 a year — less than the annual cost of living for Alaska of $45,372 and roughly in line with the national figure of $38,433.

Using cost of living data from the nonprofift think tank Economic Policy Institute, 24/7 Wall St. estimated the cost of living in Cold Bay and over 29,000 other cities and towns in the US.

Transportation Costs in Cold Bay, Alaska

Transportation can also be a significant component of cost of living. In Cold Bay, 73.80% of commuters drive to work, compared to 85.5% of commuters nationwide. An estimated 0.00% of workers commute to jobs outside of Cold Bay, a smaller share than the 43.7% share of commuters nationwide who live and work in different cities. The average commute in Cold Bay is 3.7 minutes long, compared to the 26.6-minute average commute nationwide. Taking into account the cost of gas, as well as public transit and car maintenance, the EPI estimates that a single person in Cold Bay spends $5,758 a year on transportation, less than the national average of $9,760.

Health Care Costs in Cold Bay, Alaska

Out-of-pocket health care costs and insurance premiums — assuming at least a basic level of health insurance coverage — are far higher than they are on average nationwide in Cold Bay but in line with what they are across Alaska as a whole.

For a single adult living in the area, average health care costs come out to $9,531 per year, compared to an average of $9,399 across Alaska and $4,266 nationwide.

Child care Costs in Cold Bay, Alaska

For families with children, child care adds thousands of dollars to overall annual spending. In Cold Bay, the average annual cost of child care for two children — one 4 year old and one 8 year old — is $16,388, about $4,700 less than the comparable average of $21,053 across all of Alaska. Meanwhile, across the U.S. as a whole, childcare expenses for two children averages $15,853 per year.

Food Costs in Cold Bay, Alaska

Food is another every day expense that has a significant impact on overall cost of living. Data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows that the cost of food varies from city to city and town to town.

In Cold Bay, a single adult spends an average of $3,389 on food annually, and a family of four spends $9,554 on average. For context, average annual food expenditure across Alaska and the U.S., respectively, are $2,931 and $3,240 for a single adult, and $8,262 and $9,354 for a family of four. These estimates are calculated for a nutritionally adequate diet of food purchased at a grocery store for at-home preparation.

Taxes in Cold Bay, Alaska

Few expenses vary as much from city to city and town to town as taxes. Accounting for state and federal income taxes, as well as Social Security contributions and Medicare payroll taxes, the average adult working in Cold Bay, Alaska pays $5,695 annually — relatively little compared to the statewide average of $7,004.

It is important to note that these calculations do not include other common taxes such as property, sales, and excise taxes. Accounting for these taxes, while excluding taxes levied at the federal level, Cold Bay residents live in a state with a low average tax burden. Per capita state tax collections in Alaska total $2,226 per year, compared to the $3,151 average across all states.


To estimate the cost of housing, food, transportation, health care, child care, taxes, and other necessities, 24/7 Wall St. assigned county-level Economic Policy Institute data to cities, towns, villages and Census-designated places based on boundary definitions from the U.S. Census Bureau. For places that span multiple counties, data was aggregated based on the percentage of boundary overlap.

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