Aspen 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 index140108100
Goods & Services index10999100
Groceries index10399100
Health care index114103100
Housing index224134100
Transportation index105104100
Utilities index8478100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Aspen, CO is shown above. Compared to the state average of Colorado the cost of living index in Aspen, CO is 140, which is 29% higher than the average in Colorado and compared to the national average it is 40% higher 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 Aspen, CO goods and services come in at 9% higher than the average in Colorado and are 9% higher than compared to the nationwide average.

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  • The cost of living in Aspen is 29% higher than the Colorado average.
  • The cost of living in Aspen is 40% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Aspen is 124% 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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If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Aspen, CO, all you must look at is the percentage of monthly income that should be spent on housing expenses, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). Generally speaking, no more than 28 percent of your total gross income should be spent on your housing expenses and not more than 36 percent of your gross income on total expenses, including debts. In Aspen, CO, the median monthly income is $74,574 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,740 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $59,314, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $1,384 on monthly rental expenses.

Colorado Sales Tax

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Colorado Income Tax

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When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Aspen, CO, it's important to take into account the sales tax for Colorado, as well as the rate for income tax in Colorado. Goods and services sold to consumers in any state have some form of sales tax. Each state has its own tax code, which means that sales tax rates vary from state to state, ranging from over 7% in some states to as low as 0% in others. The maximum surtax for Colorado is 10%, and the sales tax in the state of Colorado is 2.9%. Alternatively, the tax imposed on your income by the state government is known as income tax. The rate for this tax also varies from state to state, and your rate is affected by your tax bracket, which is determined by your level of income. Income tax rates might be as high as 9%, down to as low as 0%. The range for income tax rates in Colorado starts from 4.63% and goes up to 4.63%.

Goods & Services

ItemAspenNational avg.Difference
Haircut $21.33$16.0932.6%
Beauty Salon $51.33$37.3337.5%
Toothpaste $2.94$2.4520.3%
Shampoo $0.99$1.000.7%
Movie $10.50$10.282.1%
Bowling $4.50$4.938.8%


ItemAspenNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.77$3.800.8%
Fried Chicken $1.49$1.406.7%
Milk $1.79$2.0110.8%
Potatoes $2.37$3.0121.2%
Pizza $9.50$9.893.9%
Beer $8.41$8.905.5%

Health Care

ItemAspenNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $160.00$102.1656.6%
Doctor $120.00$108.3610.7%
Dentist $107.50$92.5316.2%
Ibuprofen $9.59$9.283.4%
Lipitor $448.00$425.825.2%


ItemAspenNational avg.Difference
Home Price $483,000.00$184,700.00161.5%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $2,021.28$1,202.4468.1%
Apartment Rent $1,282.00$949.0035.1%


ItemAspenNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.38$2.246.2%
Tire Balancing $48.03$46.293.7%


ItemAspenNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$135.26$165.9618.5%
Phone $25.01$28.6812.8%
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.
Norrie, CO01044%
El Jebel, CO3,90813232%
Basalt, CO3,78314646%
Snowmass Village, CO2,883215115%
Woody Creek, CO272297197%
Aspen, CO6,78814040%

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Hamilton, AL6,78475-25%
Mount Ivy, NY6,79212222%
Aspen, CO6,78814040%
Source: The Aspen, CO cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2017.