These Are The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In Colorado For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in Colorado that will put a big dent in your wallet.

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Everyone wants a home that mixes affordability with comfort and Colorado does this very well. Families love the Centennial State’s beaches, midlands, and mountains as tourists before moving here and calling it home.

But before you decide to relocate, you have to do some research into the exact cost of living around the state — and that’s how we’re going to help you.

These are the places in Colorado that cost a pretty penny — the most expensive cities in the state.

After we saved up for months and could finally afford it, we landed on this list of the ten most expensive cities in Colorado for 2018:

  1. Vail (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Aspen (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Steamboat Springs (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Carbondale (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Avon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Eagle (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Glenwood Springs (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Gypsum (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Rifle (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Durango (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So hopefully Lamar (the cheapest place to live in Colorado) can show these guys how to live on a budget in the coming years. Read on for how these places had costs rise faster than inflation.

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

1. Vail

Vail, Colorado

Population: 5,287
Services: 114
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 113
Housing: 297
Transportation: 133
Utilities: 82
More on Vail: Homes For Sale | Data
The Town of Vail is a Home Rule Municipality in Eagle County, Colorado, United States. The population of the town was 5,305 in 2010. The town was established and built as the base village to Vail Ski Resort, with which it was originally conceived. Vail Ski Resort’s first season was in December 1962; it is the largest ski mountain in Colorado.

2. Aspen

Aspen, Colorado

Population: 6,607
Services: 114
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 113
Housing: 277
Transportation: 133
Utilities: 82
More on Aspen: Homes For Sale | Data
Aspen is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Pitkin County, Colorado, United States. Its population was 6,658 at the 2010 United States Census. Aspen is in a remote area of the Rocky Mountains’ Sawatch Range and Elk Mountains, along the Roaring Fork River at an elevation just below 8,000 feet above sea level on the Western Slope, 11 miles west of the Continental Divide.

3. Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Population: 12,036
Services: 114
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 113
Housing: 242
Transportation: 133
Utilities: 82
More on Steamboat Springs: Homes For Sale | Data
The City of Steamboat Springs, often shortened to just Steamboat, is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Routt County, Colorado, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 12,088.

4. Carbondale

Carbondale, Colorado

Population: 6,428
Services: 114
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 113
Housing: 232
Transportation: 133
Utilities: 82
More on Carbondale: Homes For Sale | Data
The Town of Carbondale is a Home Rule Municipality in Garfield County, Colorado, United States. The town population was 6427 at the 2010 United States Census. The town is located in the Roaring Fork Valley, downstream from Aspen and upstream from the mouth of the Roaring Fork River at Glenwood Springs. The town proper sits on the south bank of the river, at the confluence of the Crystal River. Carbondale’s horizon is dominated by the 12,953ft tall Mount Sopris several miles to the south of town.

5. Avon

Avon, Colorado

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Population: 6,383
Services: 114
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 113
Housing: 226
Transportation: 133
Utilities: 82
More on Avon: Homes For Sale | Data

6. Eagle

Eagle, Colorado

Public domain

Population: 6,364
Services: 114
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 113
Housing: 208
Transportation: 133
Utilities: 82
More on Eagle: Homes For Sale | Data
Eagle is a statutory town that is the county seat of Eagle County, Colorado, United States. The population was 6,508 at the 2010 census, up from 3,032 at the 2000 census.

7. Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs, Colorado

Population: 9,620
Services: 114
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 113
Housing: 199
Transportation: 133
Utilities: 82
More on Glenwood Springs: Homes For Sale | Data
The City of Glenwood Springs is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Garfield County, Colorado, United States. Glenwood Springs is located at the confluence of the Roaring Fork River and the Colorado River, threading together the Roaring Fork Valley and a series of smaller towns up and down the Colorado River. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 9,614.

8. Gypsum

Gypsum, Colorado

Population: 6,396
Services: 114
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 113
Housing: 177
Transportation: 133
Utilities: 82
More on Gypsum: Homes For Sale | Data
Gypsum is a home rule municipality in Eagle County, Colorado, United States. The population was 6,477 at the 2010 census. Gypsum is the home of an American Gypsum drywall plant and mine.

9. Rifle

Rifle, Colorado

Population: 9,163
Services: 114
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 113
Housing: 129
Transportation: 133
Utilities: 82
More on Rifle: Homes For Sale | Data
The City of Rifle is a Home Rule Municipality in Garfield County, Colorado, United States. The population was 9,172 at the 2010 census, up from 6,784 at the 2000 census. Rifle is a regional center of the cattle ranching industry located along Interstate 70 and the Colorado River just east of the Roan Plateau, which dominates the western skyline of the town. The town was founded in 1882 by Abram Maxfield, and was incorporated in 1905 along Rifle Creek, near its mouth on the Colorado. The community takes its name from the creek.

10. Durango

Durango, Colorado

Public domain

Population: 16,936
Services: 109
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 101
Housing: 176
Transportation: 98
Utilities: 96
More on Durango: Homes For Sale | Data
The City of Durango is the county seat and the most populous municipality of La Plata County, Colorado, United States. It is home to Fort Lewis College. The United States Census Bureau reported a population of 16,887 in the 2010 census.

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

Cheapest And Most Expensive Places To Live In Colorado Map
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 most 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 71 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.

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

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck

Well there you have it, the places in Colorado that have the highest cost of living, with Vail ranking as the most expensive city in the Centennial State.

If you’re curious, here are the least expensive cities in Colorado:

  1. Lamar
  2. La Junta
  3. Pueblo

For more Colorado reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Colorado

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

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