Lakewood 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 index112110100
Goods & Services index109103100
Groceries index9897100
Health care index104104100
Housing index137134100
Transportation index104102100
Utilities index8186100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Lakewood, CO is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Lakewood, CO enjoy a cost of living index of 112. This index is 2% higher than the Colorado average, and 12% 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 Lakewood, CO, the average cost of goods and services is 5% higher than it is in Colorado, and it is 9% higher than the national average.
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  • The cost of living in Lakewood is 2% higher than the Colorado average.
  • The cost of living in Lakewood is 12% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Lakewood is 37% 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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The affordability of the housing market in Lakewood, CO as well as the overall cost of living can be indicated accurately 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 ever be used on the overall costs related to housing and no more than 36% of gross income on all expenses and debts. Among Lakewood, CO homeowners, the median income is $76,619. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,788 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $39,469. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $921 used for their rent related monthly costs.

Colorado Sales Tax

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Colorado Income Tax

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When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Lakewood, 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

ItemLakewoodNational avg.Difference
Haircut $20.46$17.4917.0%
Beauty Salon $42.88$38.1712.3%
Toothpaste $2.09$2.329.9%
Shampoo $1.04$1.012.8%
Movie $12.95$10.7220.8%
Bowling $20.00$13.8644.3%


ItemLakewoodNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.28$3.909.7%
Fried Chicken $1.44$1.403.2%
Milk $1.83$1.966.7%
Potatoes $2.77$3.1813.0%
Pizza $10.99$10.395.7%
Beer $9.11$9.231.3%

Health Care

ItemLakewoodNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $102.57$106.343.5%
Doctor $125.43$115.258.8%
Dentist $105.11$98.386.8%
Ibuprofen $8.56$9.267.6%
Lipitor $485.44$466.474.1%


ItemLakewoodNational avg.Difference
Home Price $273,200.00$184,700.0047.9%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,840.89$1,273.3244.6%
Apartment Rent $1,067.00$949.0012.4%


ItemLakewoodNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.63$2.591.3%
Tire Balancing $54.74$48.9012.0%


ItemLakewoodNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$108.33$167.6035.4%
Phone $183.58$163.4212.3%
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.
Glendale CDP, CO781022%
Lakeside, CO1080-20%
Federal Heights, CO12,17380-20%
Derby, CO8,93090-10%
Glendale, CO4,90596-4%
Lakewood, CO149,79311212%

Cities with similar population

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Kansas City, KS149,75588-12%
Escondido, CA149,91213434%
Rockford, IL149,59785-15%
Sunnyvale, CA149,596206106%
Hollywood, FL148,1141044%
Lakewood, CO149,79311212%
Source: The Lakewood, CO cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.
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