Cost of Living

The cost of living in the Boulder area compares favorably with many other areas of the country. Recent Consumer Price Index data indicates the cost of living in the Denver-Boulder-Greeley area is lower than the US city average.

Cost of Living Comparison

Consumer Price Index

  
(All urban consumers, not seasonally adjusted; 1982-84 = 100) 20112012 2013% Change 2012-13
US City Average 225 230 233 1.5%
Detroit-Ann Arbor-Flint (MI) 212 216 218 0.8%
Denver-Boulder-Greeley 220 225 230 2.8%
Chicago-Gary-Kenosha (IL-IN-WI) 219 222 225 1.1%
Portland-Salem (OR) 225 230 236 2.5%
San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose (CA) 233 240 245 2.2%
New York–NE New Jersey-Long Island (NY-NJ) 248 253 257 1.7%
Boston-Brockton-Nashua (MA-NH-ME-CT) 241 246 249 1.4%

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics; rounded annual CPI figures 2011-2013