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Overall 45%
Goods & Services 4%
Housing 162%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects 2019 and was released from C2ER in January, 2020; this is the most current data available.
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.
IndexNorth BoulderBoulderColorado
Cost of living145142110
Goods & Services104104103
Groceries848497
Health care9898104
Housing262252134
Transportation9595102
Utilities797986

Key findings

  • The cost of living in North Boulder is 32% higher than the Boulder average
  • The cost of living in North Boulder is 45% higher than the national average
  • North Boulder housing is 162% 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

      Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
      Household$111,939$9,328$2,612$3,359

      Colorado Sales Tax

      StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
      Colorado2.9%10%

      Colorado Income Tax

      StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
      Colorado4.63%4.63%

      Goods & Services

      ItemBoulderNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $24.00$17.4937.2%
      Beauty Salon $35.00$38.178.3%
      Toothpaste $1.79$2.3222.9%
      Shampoo $0.88$1.0113.0%
      Movie $13.49$10.7225.8%
      Bowling $20.00$13.8644.3%

      Groceries

      ItemBoulderNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $3.94$3.901.0%
      Fried Chicken $1.48$1.406.0%
      Milk $1.19$1.9639.4%
      Potatoes $1.97$3.1838.1%
      Pizza $10.99$10.395.7%
      Beer $8.98$9.232.7%

      Health Care

      ItemBoulderNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $108.00$106.341.6%
      Doctor $120.00$115.254.1%
      Dentist $90.00$98.388.5%
      Ibuprofen $7.97$9.2613.9%
      Lipitor $508.67$466.479.0%

      Housing

      ItemBoulderNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $554,500.00$184,700.00200.2%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,896.78$1,273.3249.0%
      Apartment Rent $1,313.00$949.0038.4%

      Transportation

      ItemBoulderNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.26$2.5912.8%
      Tire Balancing $55.00$48.9012.5%

      Utilities

      ItemBoulderNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$103.99$167.6038.0%
      Phone $183.87$163.4212.5%
      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.
      Rollinsville, CO14695-5%
      Hidden Lake, CO095-5%
      Leyner, CO2795-5%
      Seven Hills, CO9895-5%
      Federal Heights, CO12,17380-20%
      Boulder, CO105,42014242%

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      City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Daly City, CA105,54317979%
      Wichita Falls, TX105,01381-19%
      West Palm Beach, FL104,9781044%
      Green Bay, WI104,95186-14%
      Broken Arrow, OK104,86993-7%
      Boulder, CO105,42014242%
      Source: The North Boulder, Boulder, CO cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.