Cost of Living in Dot Lake, Alaska

Cost of Living in Dot Lake, Alaska

Dot Lake is a Census-designated place in Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, Alaska, with a population of -. The total cost of housing, food, child care, transportation, health care, taxes, and other necessities for a single adult in Dot Lake is $45,375 a year — about the same as the annual cost of living for Alaska of $45,372 and greater than 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 Dot Lake and over 29,000 other cities and towns in the US.

Transportation Costs in Dot Lake, Alaska

Transportation can also be a significant component of cost of living. The average commute in Dot Lake is - 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 Dot Lake spends $10,164 a year on transportation, about the same as the national average of $9,760.

Health Care Costs in Dot Lake, 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 Dot Lake 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 Dot Lake, Alaska

For families with children, child care adds thousands of dollars to overall annual spending. In Dot Lake, the average annual cost of child care for two children — one 4 year old and one 8 year old — is $18,644, about $2,400 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 Dot Lake, 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 Dot Lake, a single adult spends an average of $2,846 on food annually, and a family of four spends $8,023 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 Dot Lake, 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 Dot Lake, Alaska pays $7,001 annually — closely in line with 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, Dot Lake 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.

Methodology

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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