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Living in Jefferson County
Jefferson County is the gateway to the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Located on the western edge of metropolitan Denver, it offers a diversified geographical setting, from urban and rural communities to thriving mountain communities.

Jefferson County's award-winning Open Space Program is one of the most ambitious in the nation, preserving access to nature for an increasingly urbanized population. Twenty-eight open space parks and facilities offer scenic settings, picnic facilities, hiking, camping, wildlife viewing, cross country skiing, horseback riding and other recreational activities to area residents.

Jefferson County has more to offer than just physical beauty, including several cultural amenities, quick access to a major downtown business district, and various shopping opportunities. Jefferson County also has a variety of housing options for everyone from business executives to first-time home buyers and has a nationally acclaimed school district. Residents and businesses also have convenient access to higher educational institutions such as the University of Colorado, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado Christian University, Red Rocks Community College, Front Range Community College, and Arapahoe Community College.


Cost of Living

The cost of living in metropolitan Denver has risen in the last several years, especially in the housing sector. However, incomes have kept up with increase in the cost of living and are well above the national average.

Utility costs have remained below the national average. Our utility costs are among the lowest in the nation–due to Denver's mild weather–a fact that surprises many people who have the perception that the Mile High City has a colder climate.

Cost of Living Index

 

Grocery Items

Housing

Utilities

Transportation

Healthcare

COMPOSITE

San Fransisco

132.1

320.3

108.2

130.3

118.4

178.1

Washington D.C.

117.1

245.1

95.9

110.0

92.6

149.3

Boston
101.1
200.9
149.8
108.0
135.5
145.7

Portland

112.5

160.9

72.9

120.1

108.2

126.7

Chicago

125.3

137.8

104.8

116.6

97.2

118.5

Denver

96.9

133.1

95.1

101.7

107.1

110.2

Phoenix

92.5

96.3

98.7

107.7

97.0

97.6

Dallas

95.5

80.0

97.8

102.4

100.8

96.1

*Index measures the relative price levels for consumer goods and services in participating cities as compared with the national average of 100 for all participating cities.
Source: The Council for Community and Economic Research, Q3 2015.


Housing
Jefferson County’s housing options are as diversified as its landscape, offering high-quality housing communities in rural, suburban, metropolitan, and mountain settings.

Housing options are highly varied in the County. Newer and higher-end homes tend to be located in the southern and western areas of the County, especially along the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, while more affordable housing for first-time or lower-income home buyers is available along the County’s eastern boundaries.

For additional information on housing in Jefferson County, contact the Jefferson County Association of Realtors.


Jeffco Housing Costs

Median Home Value

$293,926

Average Monthly Rent

$1,155

Homeowner Vacancy Rate

0.7%

Rental Vacancy Rate

3.8%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2013.

 

Median Household Income

Jefferson County

$68,201

Metro Denver

$61,453

Colorado

$58,823

U.S. Average
$51,371

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012.

Per Capita Income Effective Buying Income
Jefferson County
$36,570
Metro Denver
$32,719
Colorado
$31,421
U.S. Average
$27,319
   
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