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As Americans deal with rising grocery store prices, residents of rural Alaska are dealing with even higher prices, according to a viral TikTok video.

tiktok user @emilyinalaska_ posted a video last week Displaying “grocery prices in rural Alaska”, which are higher because of the cost of transporting groceries to rural areas.


In the clip, Emily shows off specific items and their price tags, including blocks of Tillamook cheese for $24.99, a carton of Derigold milk for $18.29, 32 ounces of French Vanilla Coffee Creamer for $12.89 and Land for $10.29. Contains 1 pound of O’ Frost Honey Ham. ,

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For comparison, the national average retail price for a gallon of whole milk is $3.72, according to USDA,

Emily’s video also shows that a can of Tostitos Salsa costs $7.99, while a 12-ounce bag of Starbucks’ Columbia Coffee costs $14.89 and a 12-ounce bag of Starbucks’ Breakfast Blend costs $16.19 .

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In the clip, Emily explains that “goods cost more because they have to travel more by plane or barge to get to rural areas.”

“The cost of living in Alaska is 24% higher than the national average,” Emily writes in the clip.

Since she posted the clip last week, it has garnered over 2.4 million views.

Commenters were shocked by the prices, with one person saying: “$25 for cheese. I think I’ll just buy a cow.”

Someone else wrote: “The only time I think the ‘I hunt because groceries is expensive’ argument is valid. Respect for rural Alaska.”

Other commenters reiterated that the prices in Emily’s video were for rural Alaska rather than the main cities.

in a follow-up video, Emily shows more grocery store prices this time in Anchorage.

In that video, Emily shows off a carton of strawberries that cost $5.99, apples cost between $.99 and $3.29, ground beef typically costs about $8.49 per pound, and chicken breasts cost about $6.99. per pound.

Emily also shows the price of a block of Tillamook cheese in Anchorage, which in the clip appears to be on sale for $9.99, down from its usual price of $11.99.

Meanwhile, a 32-pound bottle of French Vanilla Coffee Creamer appears to be on sale for $3.79, down from $3.99 and a gallon of 2% milk only costs $3.99.

In the video, Emily writes: “If you can travel to Anchorage or Fairbanks, the prices are much more reasonable.”

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Commenters on the follow-up video were relieved to see the lower prices from the Anchorage grocery store.

One person wrote: “Okay this helps me breathe.”

Other commentators were comparing their own grocery store prices, with many noting that prices were similar in Washington state, Mississippi, Oklahoma, North Carolina and Texas.