Manitou Springs 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.
IndexManitou SpringsColoradoNational
Cost of living index107107100
IndexManitou SpringsColoradoNational
Goods & Services index96101100
Groceries index9598100
Health care index103104100
Housing index140127100
Transportation index8499100
Utilities index8888100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Manitou Springs, CO is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Manitou Springs, CO enjoy a cost of living index of 107. This index is equal to the Colorado average, and 7% 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 Manitou Springs, CO, the average cost of goods and services is 5% lower than it is in Colorado, and it is 4% lower than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Manitou Springs is equal to the Colorado average.
  • The cost of living in Manitou Springs is 7% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Manitou Springs is 40% 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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Use the salary calculator to compare your current income in Manitou Springs, CO to any other city in the country. The calculator will tell you how much income you would need to make in a particular city to live at the same level based on the cost of living in each city. For example, if the cost of living in the city you are looking to move to is higher than that of Manitou Springs, CO, then you would need to earn a higher salary in order to enjoy the same standard of living. To use the Manitou Springs, CO salary calculator, enter the name of the new city, then move the slider to your current salary level. The salary calculator will do the rest and let you know if your salary would need to increase or decrease for the new city. You will also see a complete overview of the cost of living.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living is by simply calculating the maximum that a person should spend on housing in Manitou Springs, CO, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The safest way to live in the city is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income that one earns on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Manitou Springs, CO has a median income of about $82,993 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,936 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $34,450. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $804 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

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 Manitou Springs, 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

ItemManitou SpringsNational avg.Difference
Haircut $13.20$14.599.5%
Beauty Salon $36.40$34.685.0%
Toothpaste $3.35$2.4735.4%
Shampoo $0.95$1.027.0%
Movie $9.65$9.872.2%
Bowling $3.35$4.3923.7%


ItemManitou SpringsNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.71$4.485.2%
Fried Chicken $1.06$1.4627.6%
Milk $2.12$2.3610.0%
Potatoes $2.45$3.0620.0%
Pizza $8.40$9.249.1%
Beer $7.87$8.638.8%

Health Care

ItemManitou SpringsNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $106.00$99.786.2%
Doctor $112.80$105.037.4%
Dentist $90.60$88.702.1%
Ibuprofen $9.66$9.412.6%
Lipitor $295.27$298.501.1%


ItemManitou SpringsNational avg.Difference
Home Price $288,500.00$175,700.0064.2%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,062.29$1,081.031.7%
Apartment Rent $773.00$920.0016.0%


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Gasoline $1.62$2.0922.6%
Tire Balancing $45.98$45.291.5%


ItemManitou SpringsNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$132.82$170.8022.2%
Phone $28.98$28.262.6%
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.
Divide, CO9893-7%
Goldfield, CO2393-7%
Victor, CO38283-17%
Cripple Creek, CO1,42786-14%
Stratmoor, CO7,20990-10%
Manitou Springs, CO5,1751077%

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Redwood Falls, MN5,17486-14%
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Preston, ID5,17292-8%
Manitou Springs, CO5,1751077%
Source: The Manitou Springs, CO cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.