Overall 21%
Goods & Services 10%
Housing 56%
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The cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. For example, if the cost of living is 90, then it is 10% lower than average. If the cost of living is 110, then it is 10% higher than average. The breakdown for each index is as follows: goods & services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). If the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used.
IndexAir Force AcademyColoradoNational
Cost of living121111100
Goods & Services110105100
Health care10098100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Air Force Academy is 9% higher than the Colorado average
  • The cost of living in Air Force Academy is 21% higher than the national average
  • Air Force Academy housing is 56% higher than the national average
  • Colorado general sales tax is 43% lower than the national average
  • Colorado state income tax is 88% higher than the national average

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      Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

      Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
      The affordability of the housing market in Air Force Academy, CO as well as the overall cost of living can be predicted 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 be spent on the overall costs related to housing and no more than 36% of gross income on all expenses and debts. Among Air Force Academy homeowners, the median income is $0. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $0 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $71,705. This indicates that renters would have a maximum of $1,673 for their rent related monthly costs.

      Colorado Sales Tax

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      Goods & Services

      ItemAir Force AcademyNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $25.24$20.2724.5%
      Beauty Salon $45.60$40.3912.9%
      Toothpaste $1.96$2.3616.8%
      Shampoo $1.02$1.085.5%
      Movie $10.73$10.992.3%
      Bowling $15.29$15.491.3%


      ItemAir Force AcademyNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $4.10$4.304.6%
      Fried Chicken $1.19$1.4015.2%
      Milk $1.75$2.2020.4%
      Potatoes $2.58$3.2219.9%
      Pizza $11.21$10.744.4%
      Beer $9.33$9.602.8%

      Health Care

      ItemAir Force AcademyNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $112.79$109.732.8%
      Doctor $119.60$118.341.1%
      Dentist $100.70$100.940.2%
      Ibuprofen $9.29$9.936.5%
      Lipitor $475.12$469.531.2%


      ItemAir Force AcademyNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $0.00$184,700.00100.0%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,372.91$1,229.6211.7%
      Apartment Rent $1,485.00$949.0056.5%


      ItemAir Force AcademyNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.81$2.713.8%
      Tire Balancing $52.65$51.861.5%


      ItemAir Force AcademyNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$169.45$170.840.8%
      Phone $185.54$187.180.9%
      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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      Air Force Academy, CO5,95712120.6%

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      Air Force Academy, CO5,95712120.6%
      Source: This data reflects 2021 and was released from C2ER in January, 2022; this is the most current data available.