How Much a Family Needs to Earn for a Modest Standard of Living in Colorado

Additional images and more below.
Additional images and more below.
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Last month, we published "How Much You Need to Make to Have an Adequate Standard of Living in Denver.

The post used number complied by the Economic Policy Institute — and there's a lot more data about Colorado available.

EPI's website includes a tool dubbed the Family Budget Calculator, which "measures the income a family needs in order to attain a secure yet modest living standard by estimating community-specific costs of housing, food, child care, transportation, health care, other necessities and taxes."

The digits date back to 2013, the most recent year for which figures are available, and offer estimates for 615 American locations, including eight areas in Colorado: Boulder, Denver-Aurora, Fort Collins-Loveland, Greeley, Pueblo, Grand Junction, Colorado Springs and Teller County. There's also a grab-bag category that uses the umbrella term "Rural."

The calculator allows users to search for six family types: either one or two parents in conjunction with between one and three children. For the sake of simplicity, we chose one family type — two parents, two children — and we were startled by how much EPI says modesty for such a family costs.

We've listed and photo-illustrated the nine areas from lowest cost to highest and included EPI graphics. For more information, or to calculate other family sizes, click here.

Pueblo, Colorado.
Pueblo, Colorado.
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Number 9: Pueblo

How Much a Family Needs to Earn for a Modest Standard of Living in Colorado
Greeley, Colorado.
Greeley, Colorado.
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Number 8: Greeley

How Much a Family Needs to Earn for a Modest Standard of Living in Colorado
Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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Number 7: Colorado Springs

How Much a Family Needs to Earn for a Modest Standard of Living in Colorado
Fort Collins, Colorado.
Fort Collins, Colorado.
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Number 6: Fort Collins

 

How Much a Family Needs to Earn for a Modest Standard of Living in Colorado
Grand Junction, Colorado.
Grand Junction, Colorado.
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Number 5: Grand Junction

How Much a Family Needs to Earn for a Modest Standard of Living in Colorado
Cheyenne County, Colorado.
Cheyenne County, Colorado.
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Number 4: Rural

How Much a Family Needs to Earn for a Modest Standard of Living in Colorado
Teller County, Colorado.
Teller County, Colorado.

Number 3: Teller County

How Much a Family Needs to Earn for a Modest Standard of Living in Colorado
Denver, Colorado.
Denver, Colorado.
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Number 2: Denver-Aurora

How Much a Family Needs to Earn for a Modest Standard of Living in Colorado
Boulder, Colorado.
Boulder, Colorado.
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Number 1: Boulder

How Much a Family Needs to Earn for a Modest Standard of Living in Colorado


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