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Moving to
and the Cost of living
in Kotzebue?


- Wikipedia entry for Kotzebue -


- City-Data entry for Kotzebue -

- Reasons to live in the Arctic -

- Where is Kotzebue -

- Historical Weather Data for Kotzebue -

If you're thinking of moving/relocating to Kotzebue, and trying to calculate living expenses, here is a quick survey of some prices in the Summer of 2006, Fall of 2007 and winter, 2009 to help you out. Prices may change without notice, and there are often bulk sales or discounts and web-specials to consider. Rises in US Postal Service rates affect prices greatly.

Alcohol info and Limits in a Damp/Dry Bush Alaska Region

General Expenses

Comparison Summer 2007 / Winter 2010 / Spring 2011

Rents: $650-850 (efficiency) / $1,000 $1,300;
$1,100 to $1,500/Month(2 Bedroom) / $1,100 to $2,000(3 Bedroom)
KEA Electric: $50-$300/month / $8 to $400
$0.245 per kwh w/Power Cost Equalization
(would be $0.397 per kwh without PCE)
Fuel/Stove Oil: $5.99 per gallon delivered ($5.91 per gallon over 200 gallons)
City Water/Sewer: $138/month Flat per household
Gasoline: $7.25/Gallon at Pumps /
OTZ Phone: $25.00/month +
OTZ Internet DSL: $30-$65/Month
GCI Cable: $60-$90/Month
Post Office Box: Free (No street delivery)
Box Lobby

Cab Fare: $5.00 per person anywhere. $5.00 per stop. Discounts for Kids and Seniors.
B&D Cab
Kobuk Cab

Flights:
Anchorage (Alaska Airlines) $417 R/T 3 week advanced, $647 R/T Under 1 week notice
(Watch for specials)
Alaska Airlines 737
Fairbanks (ERA/Frontier Alaska) w/tax $417 R/T / $548 //now up to $586/$794
Frontier Flying Service Beechcraft 1900

Alaska Airlines allows (flights inside the state) 150lbs (3 bags x up to 50lbs) of cargo per passenger. Era allows 70lbs. So families can pack quite a bit up on a normal flight, if they have storage.

Cargo: $0.30-1.30/lb Fairbanks to Kotzebue; $0.25/lb Kotzebue to Fairbanks
Northern Air Cargo 727
Barge in Summer: TBA
Crowley Barge and Tug
General guess to bring your car/truck up: $1.00/lb ($2,000-$3,500)
Check into Palletizing all your goods vs parcel post!
Many people have 4 wheelers and snowmachines - but maintenance is expensive.

Car Rental $145/day, $795/week, $2995/Month
Hyundai Sante-Fe, F-250 or Suburban

There are, however, cabs, and everywhere is really in walking distance.

Sample Food Prices

Now with a comparison to Fairbanks, Alaska Grocery Store Prices


Meats:
2006
Late 2007
Jan, 2009
May, 2011
Fairbanks
Lean Ground Beef
$3.39/lb
$3.49/lb
$3.48/lb
$4.99/lb
$3.29/lb
Johnsonville Brats 19oz
$8.39
$8.89
$9.39/lb
$10.59/lb
$3.29/lb
Chicken Thighs (Previously Frozen(4+lb size))
$2.99/lb
$2.99/lb
$N/A/lb
$3.39/lb
$1.99/lb
Hormel Canned Ham 3lb
$13.49
$15.19
$15.49/lb
$16.79/lb
N/A
Oscar Meyer 9oz Variety lunchmeat
$5.29
$5.39
(8oz)$5.89/lb
N/A
N/A


Fruits & Vegetables:
2006
Late 2007
Jan, 2009
May, 2011
Fairbanks
Bananas
$1.79/lb
$1.99/lb
$2.49
$2.89
$0.99/lb
Oranges (Naval)
$2.59/lb
$2.69/lb
$Sale 1.88/lb
$2.69/lb
$1.49/lb
Carrots 2 lb bag
$4.29
$4.59
$4.99
$3.69
$0.99/lb
Delicious Apples
$2.59/lb
$2.99/lb
$2.99
$2.99
$1.48/lb
Iceberg Lettuce
$2.79/lb
$2.69/lb
$2.39
$2.89
$1.28/lb
Red Bell Pepper (Each)
$3.99
$2.49
$3.59
$6.59/lb
$2.49ea
Potatoes 5lb bag
$5.99
$6.99
$6.99
$7.89
$3.99/lb
Potatoes Russet 8lb bag
-
$10.99
(10lb) $12.99
(10lb) $14.99
$5.29/lb

Beverages:
2006
Late 2007
Jan, 2009
May, 2011
Fairbanks
Milk Whole Gallon
$7.49
$8.99
$9.69
$11.39
$3.69
Gatorade 32oz
$3.75
$4.45
$4.69
$5.15
$1.37
Minute Maid Orange Juice 96oz
$11.55
$12.85
$13.99
64oz $9.99
$7.79
Kool-Aid Drink mix 34qt
$12.45
$13.15
$15.25
$13.49
$7.12
Tang Drink Mix 20qt
$11.99
$12.49
(22qt)$11.99
(22qt)$15.15
$6.58
Name Brand Soda 12pk Cans
$9.75
$10.65
$11.65
$13.99
$7.89/Sale $4.99
Store Brand Soda 12pk Cans
-
$5.99
N/A
N/A
$2.85

Canned Goods:
2006
Late 2007
Jan, 2009
May, 2011
Fairbanks
Bartlett Pear Halves Canned (Store brand) 15.25oz
$2.75
$3.19
$2.95
$2.99
$1.49
Bushes Baked Beans 28oz Can
$3.89
$4.55
$5.85
$3.89
$2.67
Whole Kernel Corn (Store brand) 15.25oz can
$2.25
$2.09
$2.55
$2.65
$0.69
Sliced Mushrooms Can 4oz
$2.09
$1.39
$1.55
$2.05
$1.29
Del Monte Peas 15.25oz can
$2.45
$2.19
$2.99
$2.99
$1.45
Nally Chili 15oz can
$2.99
$3.79
$3.99
15oz $3.65
$1.99
Hormel Corned Beef 12oz Can
$3.75
$3.85
$3.95
$
N/A
Prego Sauce 26oz Jar
$4.99
$5.85
(25.5oz) $6.99
(24oz) $6.55
$2.29
Hunts Whole Tomatoes 14.5oz Can
$2.65
$2.89
$2.95
Store Brand $2.55
$1.45
Hunts Tomato Paste 6oz Can
$1.35
$1.55
$1.95
$1.99
$0.93
Crushed Tomatoes 28oz Can (Store Brand)
$3.89
$4.55
$
$3.99
$2.29

Bread/Pasta/Rice:
2006
Late 2007
Jan, 2009
May, 2011
Fairbanks
Oroweat Bread 1 Loaf
$4.85
$5.35
$6.55
$6.65
$4.89
Store White or Wheat loaf
$1.95
$2.29
$2.85
$2.99
$2.49
Mission Large Flour Tortillas 20oz
$4.99
$5.49
$6.59
$N/A
$3.99
Golden Grain Spaghetti 1 lb
$2.55
$2.85
$3.65
Store Brand $2.95
$2.09
Angel Hair pasta 24oz
$3.35
$3.99
$4.99
16oz $3.65
$1.23
Niko Niko Calrose Rice 10lb bag
$12.99
$15.49
$21.49
$22.99
$13.29

Soup:
2006
Late 2007
Jan, 2009
May, 2011
Fairbanks
Campbell's Beef Broth 10.5oz
$2.25
$2.35
$2.79
$2.85
$1.45
Campbell's Cream of Mushroom 10.75oz
$1.79
$2.85
$3.15
$2.45
$1.29
Kalstags Cream of Mushroom 10.75oz
-
$1.75
N/A
N/A
N/A
Campbell's Chunk Soup (any flavor) 18.8oz
$4.75
$5.69
$4.99
$4.99
$2.67

Other Foods:
2006
Late 2007
Jan, 2009
May, 2011
Fairbanks
Tillimook Baby Loaf 2lb Medium Cheddar
$11.49
$12.49
$15.79
$12.55
$7.99
Kraft Salad dressing 16oz any flavor
$4.99
$5.45
$6.95
$5.99
$2.91
Jif Peanut Butter 40oz
$7.95
$8.49
$9.85
$10.45
$6.49
Welch's Grape Jelly 32oz
$5.29
--
$6.79
$6.75
$2.99
Smuckers Strawberry Jam ?oz
-
$7.69
$8.19
$8.39
N/A
Pace Med Salsa 24oz
$6.99
$7.29
$7.25
$7.45
$3.85
Heinz Ketchup 64oz
$7.49
$9.49
$10.29
$10.99
$3.49
Quaker Oatmeal Flavor Variety 55 packet Box
$16.99
--
$17.85
$19.75
$11.38
Betty Crocker German Chocolate Cake mix 18.5oz
--
$3.99
$3.99
$4.35
$2.39
Cake Fosting 16oz
--
$3.85
$3.89
$3.89
$2.49
Cashews 40oz (Store Brand)
--
--
$24.69
$27.15
$19.59
Red Vines 5.5lb Tub
--
--
$16.85
$16.99
$9.99 (4lb)
Morton Salt 26oz
--
--
$3.59
$2.99
$0.89
Chips Ahoy Cookies 15.25oz
--
--
$5.99
$5.99
$3.79
Sailor Boy Pilot Bread
--
--
$6.65
$8.75
N/A
Nabisco Saltines 1lb
--
--
$5.45
$5.65
$3.29
20oz Coke/Pepsi
--
--
$2.65
$2.49
$ .
1 Dozen Eggs Grade A Large
--
--
$4.39
$4.39
$1.49
Butter 1lb Store Brand
-
--
$5.45
$6.49
$2.99
Philadelphia Cream Cheese 8oz
--
--
$3.99
$4.29
$2.99

Frozen Goods:
2006
Late 2007
Jan, 2009
May, 2011
Fairbanks
12oz Orange Juice (Store Brand)
--
--
$4.45
$4.79
$1.39
Ore-Ida Golden Fries 32oz
--
--
$8.85
$7.69
$3.99
Banguet Fried Chicken 31oz
--
--
$11.69
$
N/A
Hungry Man 16oz Dinner
--
--
$6.35
$6.55
$2.97
Hot Pockets 9oz
--
--
$4.99
$4.99
$2.65
DiGiorno 29.3oz Pizza
--
--
$13.79
$12.99
$10.29
Mixed Veges 1lb (Store Brand)
-
--
$3.55
$3.99
$1.99
Mixed Veges 2lb (Store Brand)
-
--
$6.49
$
$2.79
Dreyers Ice Cream 1.5qt
-
--
$10.99
$12.95
$6.49
Blue Bunny Ice Cream 1.75qt
-
--
$10.99
$10.35
N/A
Humboldt Ice Cream 1/2 gal
-
--
$7.99
$7.65
$4.49 (1.75qt)

Other Goods:
2006
Late 2007
Jan, 2009
May, 2011
Fairbanks
Puppy Chow 34lb
--
--
$54.89
34# $60.25
$35.59
Eukanuba 40lb Active Adult
--
--
$68.99
iams 40# $25.95
N/A
Dove Soap 2x4.25oz bars
--
--
$6.75
$
$3.39
Kleenex 200
--
--
$4.15
$4.19
$2.59
Pert Plus 12.5oz Shampoo/Cond
--
--
$6.29
$6.55
$3.29
Nyquil 6/10oz
--
--
$8.99/12.99
10oz $14.99
$4.99/6.99
Marlboro Box - Carton
--
$62.75
$71.00
$86.50
$52.52
These are local prices before 6% Sales Tax (yes, on food too). There are, of course, sales and mark-downs. Other options are available for many goods via mail-order, internet, shopping services, etc. which may yield significant savings.

Another perspective on prices in Kotzebue
(Tundra Tantrum Blog)


- City of Kotzebue -
- Administration Department -
- Recreation Department -
- Kotzebue Police Department -
- Kotzebue Regional Jail Facility -
- Kotzebue Volunteer Fire Department -
- Refuse Department -
- Recycling in Kotzebue -



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