Cost of Living in Denver

Cost of Living Index (Excl.Rent): 79.59
Rent Index: 52.70
Groceries Index: 79.27
Restaurants Index: 81.06
Cost of Living Plus Rent Index: 66.47
Local Purchasing Power: 133.39
Restaurants [ Edit ] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 $ 10.00-20.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 55.00 $ 40.00-70.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 7.00 $ 5.00-8.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 4.50 $ 4.00-5.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 5.75 $ 5.00-7.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.19 $ 3.25-5.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.84 $ 1.25-2.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.51 $ 1.00-2.00
Markets [ Edit ] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 2.82 $ 2.00-3.59
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.20 $ 1.50-2.99
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.64 $ 1.00-2.00
Eggs (12) 2.79 $ 2.00-3.79
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.61 $ 3.00-6.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 4.28 $ 2.00-7.98
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 5.15 $ 3.50-6.99
Apples (1 lb) 1.94 $ 1.29-3.00
Banana (1 lb) 0.73 $ 0.59-1.00
Oranges (1 lb) 1.97 $ 0.99-4.00
Tomato (1 lb) 2.33 $ 1.50-3.00
Potato (1 lb) 1.21 $ 0.72-2.00
Onion (1 lb) 1.35 $ 0.80-1.99
Lettuce (1 head) 1.29 $ 0.99-2.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.96 $ 1.00-3.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 $ 12.00-20.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.00 $ 1.50-2.99
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.41 $ 1.50-3.75
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 6.00 $ 5.50-7.00
Transportation [ Edit ] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.60 $ 2.50-3.30
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 99.00 $ 90.00-110.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.00 $ 2.60-4.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.25 $ 2.25-5.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 15.00 $ 9.60-22.50
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2.15 $ 2.00-2.50
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 22,809.00 $ 19,421.00-26,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 19,925.00 $ 17,300.00-24,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 117.72 $ 84.46-188.89
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.13 $ 0.10-0.25
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 55.85 $ 40.00-75.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 44.89 $ 22.00-75.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 14.92 $ 0.00-20.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 11.25 $ 10.00-13.00
Childcare [ Edit ] Avg.
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 750.00 $ 400.00-1,200.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 18,000.00 $ 18,000.00-18,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 47.68 $ 35.00-65.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 27.60 $ 20.00-40.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 75.25 $ 59.99-90.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 98.95 $ 75.00-120.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,567.25 $ 1,200.00-2,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,168.67 $ 900.00-1,400.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,740.00 $ 2,100.00-3,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,014.07 $ 1,500.00-2,500.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 374.08 $ 300.00-445.00
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 216.11 $ 155.00-275.00
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ] Avg.
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 3,826.47 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 3.85 3.50-4.50

Prices in Denver, Colorado, United States

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Last update: April, 2017
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Cost of living in Denver is 20.41% lower than in New York (Info)Our estimator (with default settings) estimate monthly expenses for a single person at 899.17$ and for four person family at 3,278.22$ (without rent).
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22 Comments so far

#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.
#Jessica894 on Jun 20, 2015 :
My disposable income should be $3000? HAHAHAHA!!!!! No, I work full time retail a little above minimum wage and I make like $900 a month after taxes are taken out.

I still live with my parents because the average rent for a studio is like $700, and by making only $900 I don't make anywhere NEAR enough to live on my own.

This chart is BS
#Pablo on Jan 15, 2015 :
Don´t be unfair guys... this helps and it´s a more or less good reference to people that want to have an idea of prices
#noname on Sep 18, 2014 :
where do they get these amounts? This is NOT Denver, CO, avg. disposable income over $3000.00. Hello, most don't even make that much a month. What is up here? Good luck to anyone that comes here expecting to find these jobs that pay this well. You will though, find the rents this high. They are trying to call it supply and demand, it's truly just greed. If there is such a demand, then why are there so many apartments for rent?
#Anonymous on Jun 16, 2014 :
Public transport: An actual Local Monthly Pass costs $79 now.
#Anonymous on Mar 08, 2014 :
and you can click "switch to imperial measurements at the top.. lets use our eyes people
#Chandler on Mar 08, 2014 :
that price for gas is up to date. if you convert the liters to gallons, then its $3.53 a gallon.
#Stoney Green on Feb 27, 2014 :
I think that the cost of gasoline is quite outdated! I can't remember the last time that I paid less than a dollar for a liter of gasoline!
#Lawrence on Feb 25, 2014 :
This really helps a lot, NOT! Since I live in the USA, and this city is in the USA, We don't use the metric scale here!