Clifton 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 index91107100
Goods & Services index101101100
Groceries index9698100
Health care index106104100
Housing index78127100
Transportation index9199100
Utilities index8588100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Clifton, CO is shown above. Compared to the state average of Colorado the cost of living index in Clifton, CO is 91, which is 15% lower than the average in Colorado and compared to the national average it is 9% 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 Clifton, CO goods and services come in at equal to the average in Colorado and are 1% higher than compared to the nationwide average.

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  • The cost of living in Clifton is 15% lower than the Colorado average.
  • The cost of living in Clifton is 9% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Clifton is 22% 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 Clifton, 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 Clifton, CO, you'll have to make more money in the new city in order to maintain the lifestyle you currently enjoy. To use the Clifton, 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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One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Clifton, 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 Clifton, CO have a median income of $48,947. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $1,142 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $27,299, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $637.

Colorado Sales Tax

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Colorado Income Tax

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When you are determining the total cost of living in Clifton, CO you will want to make sure you consider both the Colorado sales tax and the Colorado income tax rates. Sales tax come in the form of taxes levied on both services and goods that are sold. The sales tax rates are different state to state and range from zero sales tax to higher than 7%. The sales tax in Colorado is 2.9%, with the highest surtax being 10%. Tax that is on income by the government is income tax. Different states have different income tax rates and these rates can be higher or lower dependent on the corresponding tax bracket. The state income tax rates are different state to state and range from no income tax to more than 9% income tax. The income tax rates in Colorado have a range from 4.63% to 4.63%.

Goods & Services

ItemCliftonNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.60$14.596.9%
Beauty Salon $25.00$34.6827.9%
Toothpaste $2.61$2.475.5%
Shampoo $1.03$1.020.8%
Movie $11.00$9.8711.5%
Bowling $4.67$4.396.3%


ItemCliftonNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.79$4.487.0%
Fried Chicken $1.06$1.4627.6%
Milk $2.05$2.3613.0%
Potatoes $2.29$3.0625.2%
Pizza $9.00$9.242.6%
Beer $8.03$8.637.0%

Health Care

ItemCliftonNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $105.40$99.785.6%
Doctor $135.00$105.0328.5%
Dentist $83.60$88.705.8%
Ibuprofen $10.99$9.4116.8%
Lipitor $283.86$298.504.9%


ItemCliftonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $134,800.00$175,700.0023.3%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,080.50$1,081.030.0%
Apartment Rent $751.00$920.0018.4%


ItemCliftonNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.87$2.0910.4%
Tire Balancing $43.30$45.294.4%


ItemCliftonNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$136.47$170.8020.1%
Phone $25.95$28.268.2%
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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Palisade, CO2,63595-5%
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Fruitvale, CO8,4221011%
Grand Junction, CO59,7311011%
Fruita, CO12,7021022%
Clifton, CO20,26291-9%

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