San Juan County residents enjoy favorable cost of living advantages compared with other Four Corners’ regional communities and especially Durango, CO whose median housing prices are more than twice that of San Juan County. These cost of living advantages exist in comparison with most of the rest of the Southwestern U.S. as well!

The cost of living is the amount of money needed to afford general living expenses such as housing, groceries, transportation, healthcare and taxes. According to BestPlaces, San Juan County’s Cost of Living is 79.5, compared to 89.6 for New Mexico and 100 for the United States on average. A lower rating indicates a greater purchasing power per dollar of income. Simply put, your dollar buys more in San Juan County. In comparison to other Four Corners Region cities, San Juan County has a much more favorable Cost of Living.  The Cost of Living in Durango, Colorado is 52.2% higher, Santa Fe, NM is 45.6% higher, and Flagstaff, Arizona is 51.6% higher.

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Cost of Living Comparison

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Common San Juan County Expenses



According to, the median home cost in the county is $202,100, compared to $267,100 for New Mexico and $335,100 for the National average.



San Juan County’s base property tax rate is the second lowest in the State of New Mexico

Highest State Income tax bracket for personal income is 5.9% and there are no County or Municipal income taxes

Fifth lowest state and local individual income tax collection per capita in fiscal year 2022 - $4,069



Gasoline Price (04/2024) - $3.30/gal

Regional Monthly Bus Pass - $60




According to Electricity Local, residential electricity rates in Farmington are approximately 27.97% less than the New Mexico average and 31.06% less than the national average.

Bottom Line: Your finances really do go farther in San Juan County!

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