Boulder, CO Cost Of Living

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Updated: 2021-02-06
142
Boulder's Overall Cost Of Living
1.4x
Higher Than The National Average
102 out of 109
In Colorado
5,642 out of 6,399
In America
The cost of living index is set to 100 for the average place in America. An index above 100 means Boulder is expensive, while a number below 100 means it's a relatively cheap place to live.

What is the cost of living in Boulder, CO?

According to the most recent data on the cost of living, Boulder has an overall cost of living index of 142 which is 1.4x higher than the national index of 100.

Compared to only Colorado, Boulder has a cost of living index that's 1.3x higher than Colorado's index of 110.

The standard of living in Boulder ranks as #5,646 most affordable out of the 6,522 places we measured in Colorado. By definition, that implies Boulder ranks as the #760 most expensive place in the Centennial State.

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Boulder Cost Of Living Vs. Colorado

Living Expense Boulder Colorado National Average
Overall 142 110 100
Services 104 103 100
Groceries 84 97 100
Health 98 104 100
Housing 252 134 100
Transportation 95 102 100
Utilities 79 86 100
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Boulder Cost of Living Vs. CO

Boulder, CO Housing Cost Breakdown

Housing swings affordability the most between places in Colorado, so we broke down the statistics around housing costs into more detail. It's also important to consider median household incomes to make apples-to-apples comparisons across locations.

Home and income come data comes from the most recent US Census ACS 2014-2018.

$700,000
Median Home Value
$1,554
Median Rent
$69,520
Median Income
Statistic Boulder Colorado United States
Median Home Value $700,000 $343,300 $217,500
Median Rent $1,554 $1,271 $1,062
Median Income $69,520 $72,331 $62,843
Home Value To Income 10.1x 4.7x 3.5x
Rent To Monthly Income 0.27x 0.21x 0.2x

Detailed Boulder Services Costs Vs. Colorado

Item Boulder Colorado
Shampoo $0.88 $1.01
Movie $13.49 $10.72
Bowling $20.0 $13.86

Detailed Boulder Groceries Costs Vs. Colorado

Item Boulder Colorado
Ground Beef $3.94 $3.9
Fried Chicken $1.48 $1.4
Milk $1.19 $1.96

Detailed Boulder Health Costs Vs. Colorado

Item Boulder Colorado
Haircut $24.0 $17.49
Beauty Salon $35.0 $38.17
Toothpaste $1.79 $2.32

Detailed Boulder Transportation Costs Vs. Colorado

Item Boulder Colorado
Potatoes $1.97 $3.18
Pizza $10.99 $10.39
Beer $8.98 $9.23
Optometrist $108.0 $106.34
Doctor $120.0 $115.25
Dentist $90.0 $98.38

Detailed Boulder Utilities Costs Vs. Colorado

Item Boulder Colorado
Gasoline $2.26 $2.59
Tire Balancing $55.0 $48.9
All Electricity $103.99 $167.6
Phone $183.87 $163.42

Boulder SnackAbility

8.5
/10
Overall SnackAbility
Jobs
8/10
Housing
9.5
Affordability
3
Diversity
8
Safety
5
Amenities
9.5
Education
9.5
Commute
8.5

Cost Of Living In Cities Around Boulder

City Population Cost Of Living Vs. Boulder
Westminster, CO 112,962 106 0.7x
Northglenn, CO 38,973 100 0.7x
Wheat Ridge, CO 31,331 107 0.8x
Golden, CO 20,693 125 0.9x
Sherrelwood, CO 19,208 98 0.7x
Welby, CO 16,018 95 0.7x
Firestone, CO 14,033 109 0.8x
Frederick, CO 12,767 110 0.8x
Federal Heights, CO 12,745 80 0.6x
Berkley, CO 11,879 98 0.7x

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