Boulder Cost Of Living

How Does Boulder County Compare To Other US Cities?

Cost Of Living
When relocating to another city, calculating the cost of living before packing up the moving van is the first step. Knowing how far your paycheck can stretch once you’re in Boulder is an important consideration for anyone relocating.

Boulder’s cost of living is higher than in neighboring communities. According to the Boulder Chamber of Commerce, in 2001 the average price for a single family home in the city of Boulder was $472,169, compared with $343,000 in Boulder County overall. That same year, the average cost for a condo or townhome was $214,148 in the city and $183,722 in the county.

For the past several years, the cost of living in the Boulder area has been lower than the
national average. From 2009 to 2010, the Denver-Boulder-Greeley area Consumer Price Index
increased at rate of 1.9%, slightly more than the national rate of increase, which was 1.6%.

Consumer Price Index

When it comes to overall cost of living the Denver area is close to average.Here is how Denver ranks in comparison to other U.S. Cities (in the last four quarters ending in Q1 2012)

City Composite Grocery Housing Utilities Transportation Healthcare Misc.
Atlanta 98.1 107.9 85.8 96.1 109.1 99.4 101.8
Boston 139.4 118.8 165.3 142.4 110.6 127.4 135.3
Chicago 116.9 107.6 138.1 105.4 116.7 104.3 107.4
Cleveland 100.1 108.4 93.8 105.1 101.5 103.8 99.7
Dallas 99.8 101.9 75 111.4 108.9 108.2 113.1
Denver 104 96.5 114.8 89.6 90.8 109.8 105.7
New York 228.3 147.7 451.9 127.9 131.0 124.8 142.6
Phoenix 96.3 103.1 93.3 95 104.1 94.6 94.1
Raleigh 91.2 98.4 72.5 104.9 101.6 93.8 96.6
San Francisco 166.5 120.4 294.8 93.7 110.9 112.8 121.4
Seattle 115.9 111.2 135.8 89.6 109.0 118.3 110.8

Statistics Source: ACCRA