Alamosa cost of living index

In the event that the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used. Each cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. If the amount is below 100, it is lower than the national average. If the amount is above 100, it is higher than the national average.
Cost of living index84107100
Goods & Services index84101100
Groceries index9798100
Health care index92104100
Housing index77127100
Transportation index8899100
Utilities index8388100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Alamosa, CO is shown above. Compared to the state average of Colorado the cost of living index in Alamosa, CO is 84, which is 21% lower than the average in Colorado and compared to the national average it is 16% lower than. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Alamosa, CO goods and services come in at 17% lower than the average in Colorado and are 16% lower than compared to the nationwide average.

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  • The cost of living in Alamosa is 21% lower than the Colorado average.
  • The cost of living in Alamosa is 16% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Alamosa is 23% lower than the national average.
  • Colorado general sales tax is 43% lower than the national average.
  • Colorado state income tax is 108% higher than the national average.

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The salary calculator is meant to help you compare your salary in Alamosa, CO to your potential earning power in another city. This can help you deduce what your salary would need to be in any given city in order for you to live the same lifestyle that you do in your current city. In other words, if you plan on moving to a city where the cost of living is higher than in Alamosa, CO, you'll have to make more money in the new city in order to maintain the lifestyle you currently enjoy. To use the Alamosa, CO salary calculator, simply input the new city, then move the adjustable slider to match your current income. Once you've selected your income, the calculator will determine if that income is sufficient to support your standard of living in the new city you entered. The calculator will also supply you with a rundown of living costs in the new city.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

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The affordability of the housing market in Alamosa, CO as well as the overall cost of living can be indicated accurately by what percent of the monthly income is spent on housing related costs. This is konwn as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The overall rule of thumb is that no more than 28% of your gross income should ever be used on the overall costs related to housing and no more than 36% of gross income on all expenses and debts. Among Alamosa, CO homeowners, the median income is $46,024. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,074 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $17,943. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $419 used for their rent related monthly costs.

Colorado Sales Tax

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Colorado Income Tax

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For those who live in Alamosa, CO and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the Colorado income tax rate and the Colorado sales tax rate. By sales tax, we mean the taxes that are included whenever a person is purchasing any goods or services. The amount that is taxed depends upon the particular state, where some states have a sales tax of zero percent while others can have a tax higher than seven percent. In Colorado, the sales tax is 2.9%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 10%. There is also income tax to consider, which is based upon the amount of money made in a year. Just like sales tax, income tax depends upon the particular state but also depends upon what tax bracket the person is in. Income tax for the state can be higher than nine percent in some states to zero percent in others. For those that live in Colorado, the income tax rate ranges between 4.63% to 4.63%.

Goods & Services

ItemAlamosaNational avg.Difference
Haircut $11.33$14.5922.4%
Beauty Salon $21.67$34.6837.5%
Toothpaste $2.28$2.477.8%
Shampoo $0.87$1.0214.9%
Movie $9.50$9.873.7%
Bowling $3.00$4.3931.7%


ItemAlamosaNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.99$4.4811.5%
Fried Chicken $0.98$1.4633.1%
Milk $2.09$2.3611.3%
Potatoes $2.18$3.0628.8%
Pizza $7.99$9.2413.6%
Beer $8.39$8.632.8%

Health Care

ItemAlamosaNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $84.75$99.7815.1%
Doctor $104.00$105.031.0%
Dentist $81.33$88.708.3%
Ibuprofen $8.32$9.4111.6%
Lipitor $263.12$298.5011.9%


ItemAlamosaNational avg.Difference
Home Price $143,000.00$175,700.0018.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $682.33$1,081.0336.9%
Apartment Rent $608.00$920.0033.9%


ItemAlamosaNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.84$2.0912.0%
Tire Balancing $40.00$45.2911.7%


ItemAlamosaNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$136.03$170.8020.4%
Phone $24.99$28.2611.6%
Although the cost of living data is updated regularly, this cost of living information is to be used as estimates only as prices can change on an ongoing basis.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
La Jara, CO83579-21%
Sanford, CO86580-20%
Capulin, CO7392-8%
Alamosa East, CO1,67181-19%
Alamosa, CO9,42784-16%

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Alamosa, CO9,42784-16%
Source: The Alamosa, CO cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.