Cost of Living in Denver

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

Edit Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.76 $ 11.00-25.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 65.67 $ 50.00-100.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 8.00 $ 7.00-10.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 6.00 $ 4.00-8.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 7.25 $ 6.00-10.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.80 $ 3.00-7.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.10 $ 1.50-3.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.64 $ 1.00-2.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.14 $ 2.39-4.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.42 $ 1.20-4.50
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.59 $ 0.75-2.99
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.63 $ 1.20-3.99
Local Cheese (1 lb) 6.36 $ 2.89-15.00
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 4.05 $ 1.79-7.50
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 5.80 $ 3.99-9.00
Apples (1 lb) 1.78 $ 0.99-3.00
Banana (1 lb) 0.67 $ 0.49-1.78
Oranges (1 lb) 1.60 $ 0.99-3.00
Tomato (1 lb) 1.71 $ 0.79-3.00
Potato (1 lb) 0.83 $ 0.46-1.50
Onion (1 lb) 0.95 $ 0.59-1.29
Lettuce (1 head) 1.49 $ 0.99-2.50
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.91 $ 0.99-3.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 14.50 $ 9.00-20.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.74 $ 1.43-4.29
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.55 $ 1.50-4.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 7.23 $ 6.79-8.60
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 3.00 $ 2.30-5.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 114.00 $ 80.00-200.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 2.50 $ 2.50-3.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.25 $ 2.00-4.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 22.50 $ 20.00-30.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2.56 $ 2.07-3.09
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 23,000.00 $ 19,000.00-26,500.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 21,195.17 $ 19,500.00-24,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 131.97 $ 77.27-226.67
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.23 $ 0.03-0.30
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 62.31 $ 50.00-80.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 46.03 $ 15.00-120.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 11.83 $ 0.00-20.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 12.50 $ 10.00-15.50
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,214.71 $ 1,000.00-1,550.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 15,966.13 $ 9,600.00-30,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 45.94 $ 30.00-60.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 37.67 $ 20.00-65.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 75.70 $ 45.00-110.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 100.71 $ 50.00-150.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,707.94 $ 1,400.00-2,200.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,351.49 $ 1,100.00-1,600.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,792.31 $ 2,300.00-3,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,274.00 $ 1,950.00-2,800.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 482.93 $ 350.00-820.94
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 268.51 $ 200.00-348.00
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 4,619.05 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 3.55 2.65-4.50

Prices in Denver, Colorado

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Last update: June 2021
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13 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.
Anonymous on Jan 01, 2021:
Denver was always expensive for no reasons.Its not so fluffy now since covid19 though. Expect massive deaths due to covid19 throughout 2021 and beyond. I predict Denver will become vacant quickly within the next 2 years.The reality of a 360 society is upon us to the point of no return. No matter how optimistic people are its here to stay and the only escape is death.
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?
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!