Estes Park 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.
IndexEstes ParkColoradoNational
Cost of living index118107100
IndexEstes ParkColoradoNational
Goods & Services index10299100
Groceries index106103100
Health care index107102100
Housing index153127100
Transportation index10495100
Utilities index9388100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Estes Park, CO. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Estes Park, CO being 118, that puts it 10% higher than the average of Colorado and 18% higher than our nation's average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city's goods. In the case of Estes Park, CO, the price of goods and services are 3% higher than the average of Colorado as well as 2% higher than the nation's average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Estes Park is 10% higher than the Colorado average.
  • The cost of living in Estes Park is 18% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Estes Park 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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The salary calculator is meant to help you compare your salary in Estes Park, 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 Estes Park, CO, you'll have to make more money in the new city in order to maintain the lifestyle you currently enjoy. To use the Estes Park, 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

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$63,720$5,310$1,487$1,912
Renters$35,463$2,955$827$1,064
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Estes Park, CO as well as the overall cost of living. As a general rule of thumb, the debt-to-income ratio (DTI) for homeowners or renters should be not more than 28 percent of gross income to be spent on housing related costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses, including debts. The median income for Estes Park, CO homeowners, is $63,720. This would allow for a maximum of $1,487 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $35,463 which would result in a maximum of $827 to be spent on rental costs.

Colorado Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Colorado2.9%10%

Colorado Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Colorado4.63%4.63%
When you are determining the total cost of living in Estes Park, 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

ItemEstes ParkNational avg.Difference
Haircut $18.59$15.5619.4%
Beauty Salon $36.88$36.112.1%
Toothpaste $3.14$2.4726.9%
Shampoo $0.97$0.960.2%
Movie $11.18$10.1310.4%
Bowling $6.03$4.7427.3%

Groceries

ItemEstes ParkNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.77$3.9819.6%
Fried Chicken $1.40$1.410.5%
Milk $1.78$2.0613.7%
Potatoes $2.81$2.985.8%
Pizza $7.33$9.4722.7%
Beer $8.43$8.794.1%

Health Care

ItemEstes ParkNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $102.80$101.041.7%
Doctor $134.18$107.4424.9%
Dentist $90.01$90.420.4%
Ibuprofen $9.40$9.281.3%
Lipitor $426.52$426.500.0%

Housing

ItemEstes ParkNational avg.Difference
Home Price $309,400.00$175,700.0076.1%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,431.28$1,133.2326.3%
Apartment Rent $926.00$920.000.7%

Transportation

ItemEstes ParkNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.99$1.990.4%
Tire Balancing $52.50$45.7614.7%

Utilities

ItemEstes ParkNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$135.90$163.8117.0%
Phone $30.43$28.397.2%
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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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Allenspark, CO63211111%
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Estes Park, CO6,02211818%

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Source: The Estes Park, CO cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.