Cost of Living in Denver

Summary about cost of living in Denver, CO, United States:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 18.00 $ 10.00-25.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 70.00 $ 50.00-120.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 9.75 $ 8.00-12.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 6.00 $ 4.00-8.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 7.50 $ 6.00-9.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.98 $ 3.00-8.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.57 $ 1.89-4.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.12 $ 1.50-3.00
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.99 $ 2.89-6.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 3.67 $ 2.50-6.99
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.49 $ 1.00-5.00
Eggs (regular) (12) 4.19 $ 2.00-6.50
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.86 $ 3.00-10.49
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 6.57 $ 3.00-10.00
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 7.15 $ 3.00-12.00
Apples (1 lb) 2.37 $ 1.00-3.99
Banana (1 lb) 0.75 $ 0.59-1.79
Oranges (1 lb) 2.13 $ 0.90-5.00
Tomato (1 lb) 2.33 $ 0.90-3.50
Potato (1 lb) 1.23 $ 0.50-2.00
Onion (1 lb) 1.33 $ 0.89-2.00
Lettuce (1 head) 1.84 $ 1.00-2.49
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.16 $ 0.99-3.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 16.49 $ 11.00-23.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.63 $ 1.43-4.29
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.89 $ 2.00-6.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 8.79 $ 7.50-11.00
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 3.00 $ 2.50-6.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 114.00 $ 60.00-200.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.00 $ 2.50-5.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.25 $ 2.00-3.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 26.25 $ 20.00-30.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 3.99 $ 3.29-4.95
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 30,000.00 $ 20,000.00-33,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 24,220.62 $ 22,000.00-28,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 177.03 $ 117.00-300.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.28 $ 0.10-0.25
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 73.21 $ 50.00-120.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 73.86 $ 20.00-135.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 17.14 $ 0.00-30.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 14.00 $ 10.00-17.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,527.08 $ 1,200.00-2,200.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 17,875.00 $ 9,600.00-30,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 58.02 $ 34.00-90.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 40.29 $ 25.00-70.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 84.18 $ 60.00-120.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 120.25 $ 70.00-200.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,916.24 $ 1,600.00-2,500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,608.43 $ 1,400.00-1,850.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,557.14 $ 2,800.00-5,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,660.00 $ 2,100.00-3,268.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 450.00 $ 325.00-718.99
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 292.89 $ 200.00-500.00
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 5,472.69 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.93 2.90-5.43

Prices in Denver, Colorado

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Last update: January 2023
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5 Comments so far
Anonymous on Jan 17, 2021:
Almost all of the prices are missing tax and tip. Needs to be way way larger for Americans to include that in the prices. A beer in a Denver bar is more realistically $10 after tax and tip. The absolute cheapest stuff a dive bar will serve might be $6 after tax and tip, but a regular bar for a regular local beer? No way.

$70 for a three course meal for two in a mid range restaurant? No way! A glass of wine is $7-$10, a salad or soup $6-$8, a main $12-$17, a desert $6-$10. That is $31 to $45 per person, $61 to $90 per two person, making $90 to $120 after tax and gratuity.

Bump all prices by 8-10% tax, then bump all services (restaurants, taxis, ...) by 20% gratuity. This isn’t Europe. The price on the tag isn’t what you will pay.

Also, note that the same European vs American problem is happening on houses. 10.7 square foot are not 1 square meter. The US way of measuring the size of a home includes even the exterior walls. The European way includes only net heated interior living space, so from wall surface to wall surface of rooms you live in. Not stair cases. Not porches or attics or basements. For an apartment, about 80% or external dimensions are typically the livable space. So realistically, 1 m^2 is equivalent to 13 sqft.
Steve Felt on Aug 31, 2020:
Denver and the metro area is a great place to live but due to its popularity the home prices have jumped over the last 5-6 years. Moved here in 2001 and had a 1 bedroom apartment in Uptown for $700/month which is now $2100 for the same place but I moved out to Lakewood and bought a 3 bedroom townhouse for $200k in 2016 which is now valued at $310k. Don’t let the “natives” give you crap they’re idiots and don’t realize their property values have gone up so much. Traffic is bad at rush hours but nothing compared to Philly or NYC. Most people are friendly and outdoorsy and there’s a bunch of dogs too. Tons of jobs and now plenty of good restaurants and bars.
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?