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 some more reading about Colorado and the cheapest places in the country:

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

Map Of The Cheapest Places To Live In Colorado
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.

Lamar, CO

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,867
Services: 84
Groceries: 97
Health Care: 92
Housing: 49
Transportation: 88
Utilities: 83
More on Lamar: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

La Junta, CO

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,060
Services: 84
Groceries: 97
Health Care: 92
Housing: 57
Transportation: 88
Utilities: 83
More on La Junta: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Pueblo, CO

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 106,944
Services: 84
Groceries: 97
Health Care: 92
Housing: 68
Transportation: 88
Utilities: 83
More on Pueblo: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Trinidad, CO

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 9,032
Services: 84
Groceries: 97
Health Care: 92
Housing: 70
Transportation: 88
Utilities: 83
More on Trinidad: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Alamosa, CO

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,097
Services: 84
Groceries: 97
Health Care: 92
Housing: 75
Transportation: 88
Utilities: 83
More on Alamosa: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Fountain, CO

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 25,602
Services: 96
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 103
Housing: 108
Transportation: 84
Utilities: 88
More on Fountain: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Colorado Springs, CO

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 417,534
Services: 96
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 103
Housing: 111
Transportation: 84
Utilities: 88
More on Colorado Springs: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Woodland Park, CO

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,147
Services: 96
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 103
Housing: 122
Transportation: 84
Utilities: 88
More on Woodland Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Cortez, CO

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,453
Services: 101
Groceries: 96
Health Care: 106
Housing: 82
Transportation: 91
Utilities: 85
More on Cortez: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Manitou Springs, CO

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 5,051
Services: 96
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 103
Housing: 153
Transportation: 84
Utilities: 88
More on Manitou Springs: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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. Colorado 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.

Here’s a look at the most expensive cities in Colorado according to the data:

  1. Vail
  2. Aspen
  3. Steamboat Springs

For more Colorado reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In Colorado

Rank City CheapScore Population Services Groceries Health Care
1 Lamar 7.33 7,867 84 97 92
2 La Junta 7.5 7,060 84 97 92
3 Pueblo 7.83 106,944 84 97 92
4 Trinidad 8.0 9,032 84 97 92
5 Alamosa 8.33 9,097 84 97 92
6 Fountain 12.67 25,602 96 95 103
7 Colorado Springs 13.0 417,534 96 95 103
8 Woodland Park 14.92 7,147 96 95 103
9 Cortez 17.17 8,453 101 96 106
10 Manitou Springs 17.33 5,051 96 95 103
11 Delta 17.42 8,845 101 96 106
12 Monument 18.0 5,403 96 95 103
13 Grand Junction 20.42 58,867 101 96 106
14 Fruita 20.67 12,444 101 96 106
15 Wellington 22.92 6,186 91 97 101
16 Fort Collins 24.75 144,329 91 97 101
17 Federal Heights 33.25 11,598 103 100 106
18 Sterling 33.75 14,642 103 100 106
19 Fort Morgan 34.25 11,349 103 100 106
20 Fort Lupton 34.83 7,478 103 100 106
21 Greeley 35.17 93,082 103 100 106
22 Sheridan 35.17 5,708 103 100 106
23 Evans 35.42 18,513 103 100 106
24 Milliken 35.75 5,553 103 100 106
25 Aurora 36.17 326,249 103 100 106
26 Edgewater 36.17 5,183 103 100 106
27 Northglenn 36.5 35,958 103 100 106
28 Commerce City 36.5 45,537 103 100 106
29 Brighton 36.75 33,219 103 100 106
30 Englewood 37.08 30,565 103 100 106
31 Loveland 37.42 67,316 103 100 106
32 Berthoud 37.58 5,261 103 100 106
33 Thornton 37.83 118,747 103 100 106
34 Wheat Ridge 38.75 30,366 103 100 106
35 Westminster 38.92 106,750 103 100 106
36 Lakewood 39.42 143,496 103 100 106
37 Denver 39.67 604,356 103 100 106
38 Longmont 39.67 86,355 103 100 106
39 Arvada 39.92 106,965 103 100 106
40 Frederick 40.42 8,626 103 100 106
41 Littleton 40.67 42,414 103 100 106
42 Windsor 40.67 18,640 103 100 106
43 Lafayette 40.92 24,753 103 100 106
44 Castle Rock 41.08 48,321 103 100 106
45 Firestone 41.25 10,067 103 100 106
46 Parker 41.42 45,195 103 100 106
47 Centennial 41.75 101,339 103 100 106
48 Golden 41.92 18,775 103 100 106
49 Estes Park 42.08 5,901 103 100 106
50 Louisville 42.75 18,616 103 100 106
51 Erie 42.92 17,946 103 100 106
52 Montrose 43.08 18,940 109 101 101
53 Superior 43.25 12,407 103 100 106
54 Lone Tree 43.58 10,941 103 100 106
55 Castle Pines 43.75 10,210 103 100 106
56 Boulder 44.08 99,177 103 100 106
57 Greenwood Village 44.92 13,932 103 100 106
58 Cherry Hills Village 45.08 6,043 103 100 106
59 Salida 45.67 5,284 109 101 101
60 Salida 45.67 5,284 109 101 101
61 Gunnison 46.33 5,892 109 101 101
62 Craig 48.0 9,301 114 101 113
63 Durango 49.58 16,936 109 101 101
64 Rifle 52.67 9,163 114 101 113
65 Gypsum 55.0 6,396 114 101 113
66 Glenwood Springs 55.5 9,620 114 101 113
67 Eagle 55.83 6,364 114 101 113
68 Avon 56.33 6,383 114 101 113
69 Carbondale 56.67 6,428 114 101 113
70 Steamboat Springs 56.83 12,036 114 101 113
71 Aspen 57.0 6,607 114 101 113
72 Vail 57.17 5,287 114 101 113

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