The Quarterly Report on Alaska's Food Prices was started by economists at the Alaska
Agricultural Experiment Station in 1951. Since then, enumerators have collected food prices from
three to six retail stores in selected Alaska cities for analysis and reporting by the Experiment Station.
Collection of prices occurs simultaneously in each survey city during the week containing the 15th day
of the month surveyed. Enumerators quote prices on the brand of each food item which is selling in
greatest volume in each store surveyed. Prices of individual food items from the stores in each city are
averaged to obtain the survey price.
Only six cities were surveyed when the study first began - Anchorage, Palmer, Fairbanks, Juneau,
Ketchikan and Sitka. Because o f the need and demand for cost o f living data from other areas with in
the state, the survey has been expanded to include Petersburg, Kodiak, Seward, Valdez,
Kenai-Soldotna, Nome and Bethel. Over 6,000 copies of Alaska's Quarterly Food Price Reports are
printed each quarter and mailed by request to government agencies, chambers of commerce, labor
organizations, businesses and individuals throughout Alaska, other states and several foreign countries.
This report is printed and distributed by the University o f Alaska
Cooperative Extension Service, in cooperation with the Institute
of Agricultural Sciences. Price trends are described and analysed as
an aid for Alaskans interested in cost-of-living changes and trends
in the retail food prices in Alaska over the 1960 - 1970 period.
University of Alaska Cooperative Extension Service
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