Cost of Living in Denver

Summary about cost of living in Denver:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 $ 11.00-18.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 60.00 $ 42.00-80.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 7.75 $ 6.25-8.50
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 5.00 $ 4.00-7.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 6.00 $ 5.00-7.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.39 $ 3.50-5.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1.88 $ 1.25-2.50
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.54 $ 1.00-2.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.05 $ 2.48-4.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.87 $ 2.00-3.99
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.51 $ 1.00-2.69
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.78 $ 1.80-3.89
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.00 $ 3.25-6.50
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 3.57 $ 2.50-5.00
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 5.34 $ 3.80-6.99
Apples (1 lb) 2.10 $ 1.69-2.69
Banana (1 lb) 0.71 $ 0.49-1.00
Oranges (1 lb) 1.91 $ 1.30-2.99
Tomato (1 lb) 1.57 $ 1.00-2.00
Potato (1 lb) 0.92 $ 0.50-1.29
Onion (1 lb) 1.00 $ 0.90-1.20
Lettuce (1 head) 1.40 $ 1.00-2.50
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.91 $ 1.00-2.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 13.00 $ 10.00-15.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.72 $ 1.25-2.14
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.50 $ 1.50-4.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 6.03 $ 5.50-6.50
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 3.00 $ 2.75-5.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 114.00 $ 99.00-160.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 2.50 $ 2.50-3.50
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.75 $ 2.25-4.75
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 22.50 $ 22.50-24.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2.55 $ 2.10-2.93
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 22,000.00 $ 19,000.00-26,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 20,433.22 $ 17,000.00-25,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 131.75 $ 85.00-250.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.22 $ 0.03-0.35
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 55.21 $ 44.00-80.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 41.58 $ 20.00-80.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 10.25 $ 0.00-25.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 12.00 $ 10.00-13.69
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,084.17 $ 785.00-1,450.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 16,787.20 $ 13,729.00-20,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 43.72 $ 25.00-60.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 33.70 $ 20.00-48.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 76.45 $ 50.00-120.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 98.42 $ 65.00-150.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,672.51 $ 1,300.00-2,100.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,293.83 $ 1,000.00-1,550.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,700.79 $ 2,200.00-3,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,168.64 $ 1,750.00-2,800.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 403.73 $ 300.00-485.76
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 268.15 $ 200.00-322.00
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 4,107.01 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.37 3.90-5.00

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Last update: October 2019
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25 Comments so far

#Anonymous on Sep 11, 2019 :
Some winter driving advice for transplants, if you're afraid ti drive in the snow,DONT, the fear takes over,,all the 20 mph flasher on drivers are creating a hazard for those of us who know how to drive in snow
Also it IS illegal to drive in the left hand lane on the interstate system, that lane is for passing only,I know during rush hours, this is next to impossible, but at least try
#Anonymous on Sep 11, 2019 :
disposable income? Isn't that what you have left AFTER all your bills are paid?
#DaRockSwanson on Feb 11, 2019 :
Out of stater. Making plenty to support myself in a new career. My roommate is pretty much in the same boat now but works in a grocery store and started as a clerk. Just because the job sucks doesn't mean it can't get you places so keep your head up. As for the boomers on here saying to get a better job and go to school etc., sorry the col- actual wage is way out of wack.i wonder how that happened? I guess all of us "millennials" should just work 60+ hours a week to barely make ends meet and stop complaining about it when the older generation got paid over time for anything more than 8hrs a day and nobody wanted to hire part time employees because labor laws were different. And all the people hating on the out of staters probably voted for trump, support the wall, and refuse to accept any research that shows how immigrants actually benefit the country. "I was born here" "all these people are ruining this place" nobody wants to hear it Karen, if you don't like where you live, than move or shut up. Why do you think all these people are showing up?
#flucknormies on Apr 09, 2018 :
I'm an out of stater and I work at a gas station and smoke weed all day deal with it nerds
#friend on Nov 03, 2017 :
move here, go ahead and try it, we hate you out of staters, we despise you and the way you drive, and I enjoy the trap you have fallen into. Expecting a promised land, when in reality you're going to be broke, you are bottom pyramid. weed refugees everywhere. thank god I own, because I'm barely afloat with a substantial salary and one of the prime companies in Denver. I have about a 20 minute commute, which is not bad. but I don't go out, only house parties, and still do not have savings. Move here if you're going to drive the market with needed skills, if you think you're going to hack it with garbage you will end up homeless. and with a masters...expect to be paid about 60% of what you're expecting, in all companies. I have it better than that but I am very lucky.
#David on Aug 13, 2017 :
It's pretty crazy how high rent and the cost of housing has increased. My 2000 square foot house, purchased for 200k in 2010 is not valued at over 550k.

Average rent in a nice part of town is around 3000 dollars for a nice 3 bed 2 bath apartment, a house is more like 3500 dollars a month. Living in a bad part of town (aurora/ commerce city) you can get a 3 bed 2 bath for 1800 or so, but crime is a problem.

Wages have not even come close to keeping up with the rent and housing prices. If you're thinking about moving here make sure you will be making 150k+ a year, or you're willing to driver 1-2 hours each way to commute.

Other than the rent, normal goods and services are not overly expensive. A nice dinner out can be had for 60 dollars for 2. The culture is great as well.

Realistically, either wages are going to have to go up or housing prices are going to have to come down. Most of co workers can not afford to buy or rent within an hour of our work location, downtown.
#Amy on Aug 10, 2017 :
I am being relocated to Denver from Boston next month and would like to get a couple of recommendations on where to live downtown Denver. Taking in consideration the cost of living in Denver and my new salary ($70K), how much do you recommend I should spend with rent and which neighborhoods should I look at? Thank you!
#Anonymous on Aug 07, 2017 :
Its high to live here. Average rent is $1300+ in a shadier part of town. If your thinking about moving here, or did in the last few years, YOU ARE THE PROBLEM!!! Wages are not keeping up because everyone is moving here so the wages can stay low due to the high amount of transplants who will work for less. $3000 for disposal income is more than a lot of people make in a month. ( and thats including medical professionals and 4 year
degree professionals). When your in your 30s and have room mates or renting a room, its pathetic. Alot of natives are leaving to survive do to the price of living.
#katie on Jun 15, 2017 :
#anna.......... move. i just did it, its the hardest thing i have ever done but its going to be worth it.
#Anna on Jun 03, 2017 :
I want to move here but I have no family here & I want live freely I want to start over I need help on deciding if I should or shouldn't!
#Jason on May 07, 2017 :
Sorry #Eve, It appears you are being kicked out of the garden again.
#Eve on Mar 29, 2017 :
Please stop moving here. All the beautiful things long time residents and natives have enjoyed that have made our state so special are being destroyed because of the huge # of people moving her forcing us to build up and expand to areas that were not intended for housing. Our cost of living has been driven up to the point where people are being forced to leave their home towns/state as a result. Gentrification is ruining most of our smaller cities. There really is no argument to justify what the transplants from the last few years are doing to our state...
#Marcia on Feb 27, 2017 :
I have lived in Denver since 1993. This city is changing so fast it is overwhelming. I live in Capitol Hill - close to downtown. The traffic congestion! Oh my God. And they are building highrise rental apartments in every direction you look. There is NO room to absorb all the people and cars. So it's really ruined what was nice about Denver. Also, with congestion and short supply of space, human beings become less open, less friendly and trusting. So the friendly feeling is changing. Really changing. It's becoming a bit to hip and the authenticity of the people is getting lost. I guess it really is true that once a place is "discovered" it's popularity ruins everything that was great about it. Very sad to see this happening.
#Leann on Dec 28, 2016 :
My husband and I as well as sister and brother in law are looking in to moving to Denver Colorado. We've never live outside of San Antonio tx , never seen snow or the cold temperatures . If anyone has any advice on we're the best place to live and any good job with good pay . Please feel free to leave a comment. Please don't not leave anything negative stuff.
Thank you
#Anonymous on Oct 25, 2016 :
I liked it better when everyone thought we were a cow-town.

If your city is ever ranked "Best Place to Live" then it's time to move.

Lulu Lemon yoga pants, frat bros, and outlandishly-overpriced real estate developments have destroyed the character of my once cheap and grungy inner-city neighborhood.

Popularity is not all it's cracked up to be.
#Anonymous on Aug 25, 2016 :
How about a definition of Disposable Income (I think some folks have it wrong):

Disposable income, also known as disposable personal income (DPI), is the amount of money that households have available for spending and saving after income taxes have been accounted for.

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#Mike Rossland on Aug 21, 2016 :
300+ days of sunshine. Cost of living AA to AAA rating (but you HAVE to do your homework--location, location, location--). Job Market is TOP Notch with proper higher education accomplishments or you will be nothing more than a burger-flipper. Entertainment is also AAA rating, again, do your homework. Friendly people EVERYWHERE. Wouldn't live anywhere else other than Colorado and I've lived in 12 different states in my 45 years of life.
#Admin on Aug 01, 2016 :
We are collecting "Average Monthly Disposable Salary (Net After Tax)" gross income is not same as that.
#JustTheFacts on Jul 27, 2016 :
Actual median income for the Denver area is $56,000 (about $3,500/mo) for an individual, $64,000 for a two-person household.
#Anonymous on May 23, 2016 :
I would not recommend moving here. The housing is becoming ridiculous to the point of being just dumb.
#Ilke on Mar 02, 2016 :
Would you guys say that Denver CO is a nice place to live in? My partner and I are thinking about emigrating to the US, to Denver to be specific, trying to see and hear what people say about the place. We currently live in South Africa.
#Sensible Republican on Jan 07, 2016 :
Average disposable income at $3000 is actually very fair. $3000/month translates to at least $36,000/year. Hello. That's not very impressive. But it is obviously far more than you lackluster individuals care to put forth the effort to make. Seriously, get an education, get a job, and quit bitching. Working at the mall is not a career, and living with your parents is no ones fault but yourself. I hate to break it to you. Get some motivation and make something of yourself.

Just my midwest $0.02.
#RJ on Dec 10, 2015 :
hahahaha, this is crap. Monthly disposable income is suppossed to be $3,000? Really? I work at a temp service just north of Denver, and just east of I-25. Im lucky to make $250 a week, which is $1,000 a month. The rent is so high here that I`ve been staying with family just to have a place to sleep. Prices have gone up the roof in the last 10 years.
#Anonymous on Nov 08, 2015 :
My disposable monthly income is 3500$, but I think that's definitely in the higher 50%. Based on what most of my friends (25-35 years old) earn, half of which are not necessarily skilled/office types, I think 2000 to 2250$ a month is average for Denver. C'mon guys, that's a $33,000 salary before taxes. Definitely average, considering a low-level clerk makes easy 25,000$ and an entry-level professional is on average above 40k. These prices seem accurate, but rents seem a bit high. I live in central Denver and pay under 1000$ for a 1BR including utilities. You only pay 1800$ for a 1BR if you live in LoDo or LoHi in a new construction.
#bob on Nov 04, 2015 :
The average income is for poor people like you, as well as the people who actually do skilled labor. It's an average. I live in Denver, and make more than your monthly income in a day.