Cost of Living in Denver Colorado v California

Wondering about the cost of living in Denver Colorado v California?

Ever daydreamed about trading in your snow tires and skis for palm trees and a surfboard? Or vice versa? You’re not alone…. With similar qualities of life, it is easy to understand why California and Colorado are highly desirable places to live. But did you know when it comes to cost of living they are actually quite different. In this week’s video, watch as we compare several financial aspects of both locations and see how California and Colorado measure up to one another.

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  1. Love seeing your faces! Being a former Denverite and living in Sac, I can tell you everything is more expensive in Sacramento than Denver except auto insurance (no hail here!). In addition to housing, property tax, income tax etc., everything else is more expensive. Houses more often have HOAs than in Denver and also often have "mello roos" (a monthly fee that lasts ~30 years to pay for previously-built infrastructure for the neighborhood like streets). Even with better weather, utility costs are equal to or more than Denver due to cooling costs and just a higher price. Restaurants and to-go food are about 50% more. Services like electricians and contractors blew our mind they were so much more expensive in California than in Colorado. It still can be worth moving here for the right job(s) or circumstance but prepare to spend a lot for it!

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