These Are The 10 Most Expensive Cities In Colorado


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:

  1. Cherry Hills Village (Photos)
  2. Vail (Photos)
  3. Greenwood Village (Photos)
  4. Aspen (Photos)
  5. Steamboat Springs (Photos)
  6. Carbondale (Photos)
  7. Boulder (Photos)
  8. Avon (Photos)
  9. Castle Pines
  10. Lone Tree (Photos)

If you’re wondering, Lamar is the most affordable city in Colorado.

Read on to see why these places cost so much more than average. Or check out the most affordable places in Colorado.

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How We Determined The Most Expensive Cities 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 most expensive.

For reference, the United State averages a cost of living 100. A score below 100 means that the city has a below average cost of living while a score over 100 has a high cost of living for that category.

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.

The city with the highest cost of living index, Cherry Hills Village, rank as being the most expensive.

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1. Cherry Hills Village

Cherry Hills Village, Colorado

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,234
Services Index: 103
Groceries Index: 100
Housing Index: 618
Healthcare Index: 106
Transportation Index: 98
Utilities Index: 93

2. Vail

Vail, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,280
Services Index: 114
Groceries Index: 101
Housing Index: 297
Healthcare Index: 113
Transportation Index: 133
Utilities Index: 82

3. Greenwood Village

Greenwood Village, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,546
Services Index: 103
Groceries Index: 100
Housing Index: 329
Healthcare Index: 106
Transportation Index: 98
Utilities Index: 93

4. Aspen

Aspen, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,700
Services Index: 114
Groceries Index: 101
Housing Index: 277
Healthcare Index: 113
Transportation Index: 133
Utilities Index: 82

5. Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,044
Services Index: 114
Groceries Index: 101
Housing Index: 242
Healthcare Index: 113
Transportation Index: 133
Utilities Index: 82

6. Carbondale

Carbondale, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,464
Services Index: 114
Groceries Index: 101
Housing Index: 232
Healthcare Index: 113
Transportation Index: 133
Utilities Index: 82

7. Boulder

Boulder, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 102,002
Services Index: 103
Groceries Index: 100
Housing Index: 227
Healthcare Index: 106
Transportation Index: 98
Utilities Index: 93

8. Avon

Avon, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,384
Services Index: 114
Groceries Index: 101
Housing Index: 226
Healthcare Index: 113
Transportation Index: 133
Utilities Index: 82

9. Castle Pines

Source: Google Maps

Population: 10,626
Services Index: 103
Groceries Index: 100
Housing Index: 214
Healthcare Index: 106
Transportation Index: 98
Utilities Index: 93

10. Lone Tree

Lone Tree, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,328
Services Index: 103
Groceries Index: 100
Housing Index: 212
Healthcare Index: 106
Transportation Index: 98
Utilities Index: 93

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck

Well there you have it, the places in Colorado that have the highest cost of living, with Cherry Hills Village ranking as the most exensive city in the Centennial State.

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

  1. Lamar
  2. La Junta
  3. Pueblo

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Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Colorado

City Rank Population Services Groceries Healthcare Housing Transportation Utilities
Cherry Hills Village 1 6,234 103 100 106 618 98 93
Vail 2 5,280 114 101 113 297 133 82
Greenwood Village 3 14,546 103 100 106 329 98 93
Aspen 4 6,700 114 101 113 277 133 82
Steamboat Springs 5 12,044 114 101 113 242 133 82
Carbondale 6 6,464 114 101 113 232 133 82
Boulder 7 102,002 103 100 106 227 98 93
Avon 8 6,384 114 101 113 226 133 82
Castle Pines 9 10,626 103 100 106 214 98 93
Lone Tree 10 12,328 103 100 106 212 98 93
Eagle 11 6,511 114 101 113 208 133 82
Superior 12 12,716 103 100 106 201 98 93
Glenwood Springs 13 9,668 114 101 113 199 133 82
Erie 14 19,305 103 100 106 183 98 93
Gypsum 15 6,587 114 101 113 177 133 82
Louisville 16 19,171 103 100 106 182 98 93
Durango 17 17,268 109 101 101 176 98 96
Estes Park 18 6,022 103 100 106 163 98 93
Golden 19 19,759 103 100 106 160 98 93
Centennial 20 104,213 103 100 106 156 98 93
Parker 21 47,515 103 100 106 149 98 93
Firestone 22 10,908 103 100 106 146 98 93
Castle Rock 23 51,802 103 100 106 143 98 93
Lafayette 24 25,812 103 100 106 139 98 93
Monument 25 6,226 96 95 103 166 84 88
Windsor 26 19,865 103 100 106 133 98 93
Littleton 27 43,710 103 100 106 133 98 93
Frederick 28 9,636 103 100 106 130 98 93
Rifle 29 9,397 114 101 113 129 133 82
Manitou Springs 30 5,175 96 95 103 153 84 88
Arvada 31 109,800 103 100 106 125 98 93
Denver 32 633,777 103 100 106 124 98 93
Longmont 33 88,547 103 100 106 124 98 93
Lakewood 34 145,880 103 100 106 123 98 93
Gunnison 35 5,927 109 101 101 122 98 96
Westminster 36 109,296 103 100 106 120 98 93
Salida 37 5,329 109 101 101 118 98 96
Fort Collins 38 149,627 91 97 101 127 87 100
Salida 39 5,329 109 101 101 118 98 96
Wheat Ridge 40 30,655 103 100 106 119 98 93
Thornton 41 124,707 103 100 106 115 98 93
Berthoud 42 5,323 103 100 106 113 98 93
Loveland 43 70,093 103 100 106 112 98 93
Wellington 44 6,634 91 97 101 117 87 100
Englewood 45 31,298 103 100 106 109 98 93
Woodland Park 46 7,187 96 95 103 122 84 88
Fruita 47 12,702 101 96 106 116 91 85
Grand Junction 48 59,731 101 96 106 115 91 85
Brighton 49 35,004 103 100 106 106 98 93
Commerce City 50 48,792 103 100 106 104 98 93
Northglenn 51 37,075 103 100 106 104 98 93
Edgewater 52 5,217 103 100 106 100 98 93
Aurora 53 339,480 103 100 106 100 98 93
Montrose 54 19,018 109 101 101 99 98 96
Milliken 55 5,837 103 100 106 96 98 93
Craig 56 9,092 114 101 113 92 133 82
Evans 57 19,535 103 100 106 90 98 93
Colorado Springs 58 433,547 96 95 103 111 84 88
Greeley 59 95,677 103 100 106 89 98 93
Sheridan 60 5,819 103 100 106 89 98 93
Fort Lupton 61 7,595 103 100 106 86 98 93
Fountain 62 26,881 96 95 103 108 84 88
Fort Morgan 63 11,397 103 100 106 71 98 93
Delta 64 8,801 101 96 106 86 91 85
Sterling 65 14,709 103 100 106 59 98 93
Cortez 66 8,515 101 96 106 82 91 85
Federal Heights 67 11,835 103 100 106 44 98 93
Alamosa 68 9,427 84 97 92 75 88 83
Trinidad 69 8,657 84 97 92 70 88 83
Pueblo 70 107,706 84 97 92 68 88 83
La Junta 71 7,040 84 97 92 57 88 83
Lamar 72 7,810 84 97 92 49 88 83

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