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30%
Overall NAT. AVG.
6%
Goods & Services NAT. AVG.
96%
Housing NAT. AVG.
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Date & Last Updated: This data reflects 2023 and was released from C2ER in January, 2023; 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.
Index Lakewood Colorado National
Cost of living130111100
Goods & Services106104100
Groceries105101100
Health care99100100
Housing196134100
Transportation104105100
Utilities8591100
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Cost Of Living Quick Facts

  • The cost of living in Lakewood is 17% higher than the Colorado average
  • The cost of living in Lakewood is 30% higher than the national average
  • Lakewood housing is 96% higher than the national average
  • Colorado general sales tax is 43% lower than the national average
  • Colorado state income tax is 95% higher than the national average

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      Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

      Median Income Per Year Per Month Max Budget (28% DTI) Max Budget (36% DTI)
      Owners$93,942$7,829$2,192$2,819
      Renters$51,266$4,272$1,196$1,538
      The affordability of the housing market in Lakewood, 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 Lakewood homeowners, the median income is $93,942. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $2,192 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $51,266. This indicates that renters would have a maximum of $1,196 for their rent related monthly costs.

      Colorado Sales Tax

      State General Sales Tax With Max Surtax
      Colorado 2.9% 10%

      Colorado Income Tax

      State Income Tax (Low) Income Tax (High)
      Colorado 4.4% 4.4%

      Goods & Services

      Item Lakewood National avg. Difference
      Haircut $26.81$24.2610.5%
      Beauty Salon $50.45$45.5610.7%
      Toothpaste $3.70$3.700.1%
      Shampoo $1.27$1.281.1%
      Movie $14.70$12.1321.1%
      Bowling $21.40$18.0018.9%

      Groceries

      Item Lakewood National avg. Difference
      Ground Beef $5.23$5.8410.4%
      Fried Chicken $1.40$1.5711.2%
      Milk $4.74$4.671.4%
      Potatoes $4.30$4.9312.9%
      Pizza $12.87$12.096.5%
      Beer $10.67$10.412.5%

      Health Care

      Item Lakewood National avg. Difference
      Optometrist $121.38$125.683.4%
      Doctor $116.64$135.7814.1%
      Dentist $126.27$113.2911.5%
      Ibuprofen $10.88$10.652.1%
      Lipitor $447.94$468.604.4%

      Housing

      Item Lakewood National avg. Difference
      Home Price $398,200.00$184,700.00115.6%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $3,151.90$2,346.6934.3%
      Apartment Rent $1,430.00$949.0050.7%

      Transportation

      Item Lakewood National avg. Difference
      Gasoline $3.67$3.465.9%
      Tire Balancing $60.05$59.920.2%

      Utilities

      Item Lakewood National avg. Difference
      All Electricity $145.02$193.9925.2%
      Phone $194.36$192.251.1%
      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 Population Cost of Living Index National Avg.
      Glendale CDP, CO781022.3%
      Lakeside, CO68514.8%
      Federal Heights, CO13,537919.4%
      North Washington, CO663954.5%
      Coal Creek town, CO308990.5%
      Lakewood, CO155,73313030.5%

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      Lakewood, CO155,73313030.5%
      Date & Last Updated: This data reflects 2023 and was released from C2ER in January, 2023; this is the most current data available.