These Are The 10 Most Expensive Cities 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)
  2. Aspen (Photos)
  3. Steamboat Springs (Photos)
  4. Carbondale (Photos)
  5. Avon (Photos)
  6. Eagle (Photos)
  7. Glenwood Springs (Photos)
  8. Gypsum (Photos)
  9. Rifle (Photos)
  10. Durango (Photos)

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.

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How We Determined The Most Expensive 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 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 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.

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

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1. Vail

Vail, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,287
Services: 114
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 113
Housing: 297
Transportation: 133
Utilities: 82
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

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,607
Services: 114
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 113
Housing: 277
Transportation: 133
Utilities: 82
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 (2,400 m) above sea level on the Western Slope, 11 miles (18 km) west of the Continental Divide.

3. Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,036
Services: 114
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 113
Housing: 242
Transportation: 133
Utilities: 82
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

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,428
Services: 114
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 113
Housing: 232
Transportation: 133
Utilities: 82
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 12,953 ft (3,952 m) tall Mount Sopris several miles to the south of town.

5. Avon

Avon, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,383
Services: 114
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 113
Housing: 226
Transportation: 133
Utilities: 82

6. Eagle

Eagle, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,364
Services: 114
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 113
Housing: 208
Transportation: 133
Utilities: 82
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

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,620
Services: 114
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 113
Housing: 199
Transportation: 133
Utilities: 82
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

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,396
Services: 114
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 113
Housing: 177
Transportation: 133
Utilities: 82
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

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,163
Services: 114
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 113
Housing: 129
Transportation: 133
Utilities: 82
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

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,936
Services: 109
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 101
Housing: 176
Transportation: 98
Utilities: 96
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.

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

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Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Colorado

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

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