Littleton cost of living index

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. 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. The breakdown for each index is as follows: goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). In the event that the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used.
IndexLittletonColoradoNational
Cost of living117110100
IndexLittletonColoradoNational
Goods & Services109103100
Groceries9897100
Health care104104100
Housing153134100
Transportation104102100
Utilities8186100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Littleton is 7% higher than the Colorado average
  • The cost of living in Littleton is 17% higher than the national average
  • Littleton housing is 53% 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)
      Owners$90,877$7,573$2,120$2,727
      Renters$41,334$3,445$964$1,240
      The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Littleton, CO, as well as the overall cost of living. As a general rule of thumb, the debt-to-income ratio (DTI) for homeowners or renters should be not more than 28 percent of gross income to be spent on housing related costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses, including debts. The median income for Littleton homeowners, is $90,877. This would allow for a maximum of $2,120 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $41,334 which would result in a maximum of $964 to be spent on rental costs.

      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

      ItemLittletonNational 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%

      Groceries

      ItemLittletonNational 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

      ItemLittletonNational 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%

      Housing

      ItemLittletonNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $314,100.00$184,700.0070.1%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,840.89$1,273.3244.6%
      Apartment Rent $1,066.00$949.0012.3%

      Transportation

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

      Utilities

      ItemLittletonNational 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%
      Glendale, CO4,90596-4%
      North Washington, CO32494-6%
      Sheridan, CO5,96599-1%
      Littleton, CO45,07211717%

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      Altadena, CA45,00116464%
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      Biloxi, MS45,27192-8%
      Littleton, CO45,07211717%
      Source: The Littleton, CO cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.