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Juneau named the most expensive city in Alaska

  • Author: Craig Medred
  • Updated: September 27, 2016
  • Published July 4, 2012

If you've ever suspected Alaska's capital city of Juneau of being a bit pricey, consider your suspicions confirmed.

The state capital is the most expensive place in Alaska to live, according to an Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development annual cost-of-living study.

The Juneau Empire confirms that because most houses in Juneau are warmed with fuel oil, instead of natural gas, heat is what puts the city at the top of the list.

The Department of Labor study found energy cost, which drive up the overall cost for housing, to be the largest expense for most Alaskans.

"When you compare cost of living to incomes, all of our Alaska cities are above the national average, with Juneau highest at 139 percent of the national average, followed by Fairbanks at 137 percent, Anchorage at 130.6 percent and Kodiak at 127.6.

By comparison, in the Lower 48 you have to visit major metro areas like New York City and Washington, D.C., to find higher costs of living," said Labor Commissioner Dianne Blumer, a former Juneau resident, who introduced the study in the department's monthly Labor Trends magazine.

Read more of the Juneau Empire story.

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