Hooper Bay has state's highest cost of living

Posted: Friday, September 06, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The University of Alaska Fairbanks says it costs more to live in Hooper Bay than in any other community in Alaska.

The quarter cost-of-living survey by the Cooperative Extension Service at UAF looks at the cost of food and fuel at communities around the state.

The survey found that a list of 104 grocery items for an average family of four cost $231.43 in June. Dillingham was the second most expensive community, with an average cost of $198.97 in June. In Anchorage those goods cost $100.19.

Fuel prices also were highest in Hooper Bay. It cost $163.35 for 55 gallons of heating fuel. That's almost three times the cost in Anchorage. Second highest was Bethel at $124.30 and Dillingham was third at $121.55.

The cooperative extension survey also showed a rise in the cost of living all over rural Alaska, while Anchorage's prices stayed about the same.

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