These Are The 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Colorado For 2018


We used data and science to determine which places in Colorado go easy on your wallet.

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A wise sage once said:

“She works hard for the money…”

And these places in Colorado definitely treat her right.

You see, these are the places in Colorado where the cost of living is the lowest; where your salary goes the furthest. And when if you have the luxury of choosing where to live in the Centennial State, then the cost of living should play a role in the decision.

So we did the hard for you and crunched the numbers to find the cities that have lower food, energy, and housing costs. After the dust settled on our analysis of the 72 largest places in Colorado, we were left with this set of the best value for your money.

Here are the 10 cheapest places to live in Colorado for 2018:

  1. Lamar (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. La Junta (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Pueblo (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Trinidad (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Alamosa (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Fountain (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Colorado Springs (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Woodland Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Cortez (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Manitou Springs (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So listen up Vail (the most expensive place in Colorado) as we explain how we created this ranking. You could learn some things from the rest of the state.

And if you already knew these places were cheap, check out the best places to live in Colorado or the most expensive.

How We Determined The Cheapest Places To Live In The Centennial State For 2018

There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Gas
  • Health Insurance
  • Utilities
  • Transportation

You can then compare the cost of these things in each of the places in Colorado to figure out which is the least expensive.

What you are left with is a “Cost of Living Index” that normalizes to 100 for an average place in the United States.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 72 places in Colorado that have more than 5,000 people.

And just so you can better understand how the cost of living index works, 100 is the average cost of a place in the United States. A score of 90 means that the place cost 10% less than average. A score of 90 means it’s 10% less expensive.

San Francisco has a score of 243 meaning it’s almost 2.5 times as expensive as the average place in the country.

1. Lamar

Lamar, Colorado

Source: Public domain

Population: 7,867
Services: 84
Groceries: 97
Health Care: 92
Housing: 49
Transportation: 88
Utilities: 83
More on Lamar: Homes For Sale | Data
Lamar is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Prowers County, Colorado, United States. The city population was 7,804 at the 2010 United States Census. The city was named after Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar II during the period that he was Secretary of the Interior in the futile hope that the then town would be named as the land office.

2. La Junta

La Junta, Colorado

Source: Public domain

Population: 7,060
Services: 84
Groceries: 97
Health Care: 92
Housing: 57
Transportation: 88
Utilities: 83
More on La Junta: Homes For Sale | Data
La Junta is the city that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Otero County, Colorado, United States. The city population was 7,077 at the 2010 United States Census. La Junta is located on the Arkansas River in southeastern Colorado east of Pueblo.

3. Pueblo

Pueblo, Colorado

Population: 106,944
Services: 84
Groceries: 97
Health Care: 92
Housing: 68
Transportation: 88
Utilities: 83
More on Pueblo: Homes For Sale | Data
Pueblo is a home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Pueblo County, Colorado, United States. The population was 106,595 in 2010 census, making it the 267th most populous city in the United States and the 9th largest in Colorado. Pueblo is the heart of the Pueblo Metropolitan Statistical Area totaling over 160,000 people and an important part of the Front Range Urban Corridor. As of 2014, Pueblo is the primary city of the Pueblo-Caon City combined statistical area totaling approximately 208,000 people, making it the 134th largest in the nation.

4. Trinidad

Trinidad, Colorado

Source: Public domain

Population: 9,032
Services: 84
Groceries: 97
Health Care: 92
Housing: 70
Transportation: 88
Utilities: 83
More on Trinidad: Homes For Sale | Data
Trinidad is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Las Animas County, Colorado, United States. The population was 9,096 as of the 2010 census, up slightly from 9,078 in 2000. The estimate as of 2012 was 8,771. Trinidad lies 21 mi north of Raton, New Mexico, and 195 mi south of Denver. Trinidad is situated on the historic Santa Fe Trail.

5. Alamosa

Alamosa, Colorado

Population: 9,097
Services: 84
Groceries: 97
Health Care: 92
Housing: 75
Transportation: 88
Utilities: 83
More on Alamosa: Homes For Sale | Data
Alamosa is a city under Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Alamosa County, Colorado, United States. The city population was 8,780 at the 2010 United States Census. The city is the commercial center of the San Luis Valley in south-central Colorado, and is the home of Adams State University.

6. Fountain

Fountain, Colorado

Population: 25,602
Services: 96
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 103
Housing: 108
Transportation: 84
Utilities: 88
More on Fountain: Homes For Sale | Data
The City of Fountain is a Home Rule Municipality located in El Paso County, Colorado, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city’s population was 25,846.

7. Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Population: 417,534
Services: 96
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 103
Housing: 111
Transportation: 84
Utilities: 88
More on Colorado Springs: Homes For Sale | Data
Colorado Springs is a home rule municipality that is the largest city by area in Colorado as well as the county seat and the most populous municipality of El Paso County, Colorado, United States. Colorado Springs is located in the east central portion of the state. It is situated on Fountain Creek and is located 60 miles south of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver.

8. Woodland Park

Woodland Park, Colorado

Source: Public domain

Population: 7,147
Services: 96
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 103
Housing: 122
Transportation: 84
Utilities: 88
More on Woodland Park: Homes For Sale | Data
The City of Woodland Park is a Home Rule Municipality that is the most populous city in Teller County, Colorado, United States and is immediately west of El Paso County and the unincorporated community of Crystola. Many residents in this bedroom community, which is surrounded by the one-million acre Pike National Forest, make the 17-mile commute to Colorado Springs. Ute Pass lies 12 miles to the west of Woodland Park on US 24. The population was 6,515 at the 2000 census. Nearby Douglas County is about a fifteen-minute drive from the city.

9. Cortez

Cortez, Colorado

Population: 8,453
Services: 101
Groceries: 96
Health Care: 106
Housing: 82
Transportation: 91
Utilities: 85
More on Cortez: Homes For Sale | Data
The City of Cortez is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Montezuma County, Colorado, United States. The city population was 8,482 at the 2010 United States Census.

10. Manitou Springs

Manitou Springs, Colorado

Source: Public domain

Population: 5,051
Services: 96
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 103
Housing: 153
Transportation: 84
Utilities: 88
More on Manitou Springs: Homes For Sale | Data
The city of Manitou Springs is a home rule municipality located in El Paso County, Colorado, United States. The town was founded for its scenic setting and natural mineral springs. The downtown area continues to be of interest to travelers, particularly in the summer, as the downtown area consists of many one-story, adjoining, small shops, restaurants, and pubs, as well as a creekside city park with a children’s playground made from unusual materials. Among other services, shops cater to tourist interests such as clothing, candy, souvenirs, and outdoor recreation. The main road through the center of town was one of the direct paths to the base of Pikes Peak. Barr Trail, which winds its way up Pikes Peak, is easily accessible from town. The subdivision Crystal Hills was added to the municipality in the 1960s.

There You Have It Mr. Or Mrs. Cheapskate

If you’re looking at the cost of living numbers in Colorado, this is an accurate list of the cheapest places to call home.

Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In Colorado

City Rank Population Services Groceries Health Care
Lamar 1 7,867 84 97 92
La Junta 2 7,060 84 97 92
Pueblo 3 106,944 84 97 92
Trinidad 4 9,032 84 97 92
Alamosa 5 9,097 84 97 92
Fountain 6 25,602 96 95 103
Colorado Springs 7 417,534 96 95 103
Woodland Park 8 7,147 96 95 103
Cortez 9 8,453 101 96 106
Manitou Springs 10 5,051 96 95 103
Delta 11 8,845 101 96 106
Monument 12 5,403 96 95 103
Grand Junction 13 58,867 101 96 106
Fruita 14 12,444 101 96 106
Wellington 15 6,186 91 97 101
Fort Collins 16 144,329 91 97 101
Federal Heights 17 11,598 103 100 106
Sterling 18 14,642 103 100 106
Fort Morgan 19 11,349 103 100 106
Fort Lupton 20 7,478 103 100 106
Greeley 21 93,082 103 100 106
Sheridan 22 5,708 103 100 106
Evans 23 18,513 103 100 106
Milliken 24 5,553 103 100 106
Aurora 25 326,249 103 100 106
Edgewater 26 5,183 103 100 106
Northglenn 27 35,958 103 100 106
Commerce City 28 45,537 103 100 106
Brighton 29 33,219 103 100 106
Englewood 30 30,565 103 100 106
Loveland 31 67,316 103 100 106
Berthoud 32 5,261 103 100 106
Thornton 33 118,747 103 100 106
Wheat Ridge 34 30,366 103 100 106
Westminster 35 106,750 103 100 106
Lakewood 36 143,496 103 100 106
Denver 37 604,356 103 100 106
Longmont 38 86,355 103 100 106
Arvada 39 106,965 103 100 106
Frederick 40 8,626 103 100 106
Littleton 41 42,414 103 100 106
Windsor 42 18,640 103 100 106
Lafayette 43 24,753 103 100 106
Castle Rock 44 48,321 103 100 106
Firestone 45 10,067 103 100 106
Parker 46 45,195 103 100 106
Centennial 47 101,339 103 100 106
Golden 48 18,775 103 100 106
Estes Park 49 5,901 103 100 106
Louisville 50 18,616 103 100 106
Erie 51 17,946 103 100 106
Montrose 52 18,940 109 101 101
Superior 53 12,407 103 100 106
Lone Tree 54 10,941 103 100 106
Castle Pines 55 10,210 103 100 106
Boulder 56 99,177 103 100 106
Greenwood Village 57 13,932 103 100 106
Cherry Hills Village 58 6,043 103 100 106
Salida 59 5,284 109 101 101
Salida 60 5,284 109 101 101
Gunnison 61 5,892 109 101 101
Craig 62 9,301 114 101 113
Durango 63 16,936 109 101 101
Rifle 64 9,163 114 101 113
Gypsum 65 6,396 114 101 113
Glenwood Springs 66 9,620 114 101 113
Eagle 67 6,364 114 101 113
Avon 68 6,383 114 101 113
Carbondale 69 6,428 114 101 113
Steamboat Springs 70 12,036 114 101 113
Aspen 71 6,607 114 101 113
Vail 72 5,287 114 101 113

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