Castle Rock 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.
IndexCastle RockColoradoNational
Cost of living index116107100
IndexCastle RockColoradoNational
Goods & Services index103101100
Groceries index10098100
Health care index106104100
Housing index153127100
Transportation index9899100
Utilities index9388100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Castle Rock, CO is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Castle Rock, CO enjoy a cost of living index of 116. This index is 8% higher than the Colorado average, and 16% higher than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Castle Rock, CO, the average cost of goods and services is 2% higher than it is in Colorado, and it is 3% higher than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Castle Rock is 8% higher than the Colorado average.
  • The cost of living in Castle Rock is 16% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Castle Rock is 53% higher 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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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

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One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Castle Rock, CO by the percentage of a person’s income that he or she spends on the monthly housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). To stay on the safe side and keep one’s head above the water, a consumer should never spend more than 28 percent of his or her gross income on housing-related expenses and costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. Homeowners in Castle Rock, CO have a median income of $100,055. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $2,334 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $46,494, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $1,085.

Colorado Sales Tax

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Colorado Income Tax

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The Colorado sales tax and Colorado income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Castle Rock, CO. Sales taxes are taxes that are imposed onto goods and services sold. Sales taxes do vary by state and can range from no tax at all to upwards of 7%. The Colorado sales tax is 2.9% and the maximum surtax is 10%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by the government. The income tax rates will vary by state and will also increase or decrease depending on the corresponding tax bracket. State income tax rates can range from anywhere from no tax at all to more than 9%. The Colorado income tax rates range from 4.63% to 4.63%.

Goods & Services

ItemCastle RockNational avg.Difference
Haircut $17.25$14.5918.2%
Beauty Salon $35.00$34.680.9%
Toothpaste $3.00$2.4721.3%
Shampoo $1.10$1.027.6%
Movie $11.22$9.8713.7%
Bowling $6.75$4.3953.7%


ItemCastle RockNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $5.01$4.4811.9%
Fried Chicken $1.71$1.4616.8%
Milk $2.43$2.363.1%
Potatoes $2.55$3.0616.7%
Pizza $7.99$9.2413.6%
Beer $8.55$8.631.0%

Health Care

ItemCastle RockNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $101.85$99.782.1%
Doctor $124.80$105.0318.8%
Dentist $95.00$88.707.1%
Ibuprofen $9.24$9.411.8%
Lipitor $278.85$298.506.6%


ItemCastle RockNational avg.Difference
Home Price $283,700.00$175,700.0061.5%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,348.76$1,081.0324.8%
Apartment Rent $1,219.00$920.0032.5%


ItemCastle RockNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.00$2.094.6%
Tire Balancing $47.12$45.294.1%


ItemCastle RockNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$153.48$170.8010.1%
Phone $27.57$28.262.4%
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.

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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Rock Creek Park, CO011010%
Larkspur, CO20487-13%
Sedalia, CO10199-1%
Elizabeth, CO1,2701033%
Dove Valley, CO5,4011033%
Castle Rock, CO51,80211616%

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Castle Rock, CO51,80211616%
Source: The Castle Rock, CO cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.