Cost of Living in Denver

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

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 20.00 $ 12.00-30.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 80.00 $ 55.00-120.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 11.25 $ 10.00-12.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 6.00 $ 5.00-8.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 8.00 $ 6.95-10.00
Cappuccino (regular) 5.68 $ 4.00-8.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.69 $ 2.00-4.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.22 $ 2.00-3.50
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 4.02 $ 3.12-6.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 3.54 $ 1.99-5.00
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.14 $ 0.99-4.00
Eggs (regular) (12) 4.21 $ 2.29-6.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 6.22 $ 3.00-10.00
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 5.82 $ 2.99-8.00
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 7.46 $ 4.20-15.00
Apples (1 lb) 2.32 $ 1.39-4.00
Banana (1 lb) 0.77 $ 0.59-2.25
Oranges (1 lb) 2.37 $ 1.00-5.00
Tomato (1 lb) 2.63 $ 0.79-4.99
Potato (1 lb) 1.28 $ 0.60-2.00
Onion (1 lb) 1.19 $ 0.89-1.99
Lettuce (1 head) 1.96 $ 1.49-2.29
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.16 $ 1.00-3.50
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 16.00 $ 10.00-25.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.18 $ 1.71-3.57
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 4.02 $ 1.50-7.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 10.00 $ 9.00-12.00
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 3.00 $ 2.75-5.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 88.00 $ 88.00-150.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.50 $ 3.50-5.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.80 $ 2.50-2.80
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 24.00 $ 24.00-30.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 3.31 $ 2.70-3.75
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 36,029.12 $ 31,965.00-40,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 28,216.73 $ 26,366.87-30,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 189.35 $ 130.00-325.00
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 63.58 $ 35.00-100.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 66.96 $ 45.00-120.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 59.83 $ 19.00-189.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 41.67 $ 15.00-40.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 15.00 $ 9.50-17.50
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,394.10 $ 1,080.83-1,833.33
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 16,168.00 $ 15,710.00-24,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 53.48 $ 30.00-79.50
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 47.78 $ 39.00-80.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 88.77 $ 60.00-125.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 110.92 $ 75.00-150.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,117.37 $ 1,700.00-2,800.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,697.92 $ 1,200.00-2,300.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,911.81 $ 3,000.00-5,291.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 3,029.41 $ 2,500.00-4,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 565.41 $ 350.00-849.99
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 444.39 $ 298.96-699.99
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 4,585.43 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 6.69 6.19-7.70

Prices in Denver, Colorado

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Last update: July 2024
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5 Comments so far
Mountain Man on Mar 28, 2024:
Denver has become so expensive in the last few years, and it's clear that salaries here aren't matching the pace of the cost of living. Because of that, people are living a lower quality of life just to get by. I have found Denver to have a real problem with age discrimination, too. There are so many young job applicants here, many of whom relocated when Colorado passed it's recreational pot laws, that employers won't even look at a resume if someone is over 40. I was laid off after 15 years at my company, and it took me 28 months to find another job, and the new job is just 30% of my previous salary! That's right! Zero income for over two years and now just 30% of what I earned and I'm bi-lingual with an MBA and tons of experience. On top of that, the price of my health insurance (which is not employee sponsored) is outrageous. My monthly premiums and any co-pays use up about half of my total annual salary, and that is simply far too much for a person to pay for individual healthcare anywhere in the world.

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Anonymous on Aug 31, 2023:
The average income after tax is absolutely not even close to this. $5600?!?! AFTER TAX? Plus health insurance is nearly that entire months income PLUS premiums. Cut to the chase. Everything is too expensive and no one has enough money to survive.
Anonymous on Jun 28, 2023:
I see nothing for health insurance costs. It's impact on a family of four is HUGE!!!
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.