The 10 Cheapest Houston, TX Neighborhoods To Live In For 2022


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Houston are the cheapest of the cheap.

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Everything else equal, I think we can all agree that living in a cheaper place is better than living in a more expensive place.

I'd much rather pay $500/mo in rent than $1,000. And I'd rather pay $2 for coffee than $5.

And while every neighbhorhood in Houston might be more expensive than living in rural Texas, there are certain neighborhoods that are definitely cheaper.

So what exactly are those Houston neighborhoods where your dollar goes a little further -- you can get that one bedroom instead of the studio?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Houston are the cheapest.

What's the cheapest neighborhood to live in Houston for 2022? According to the most recent census data, Pasadina looks to be the cheaptest Houston neighborhood to live in.

At this point we should make it clear that you do get what you pay for -- some of these neighborhoods might not be the best places to live in Houston. You could be sacrificing location or crime rates in return for more space and cheaper groceries.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Houston that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you're interested in the worst neighborhoods in Houston.

Once you're done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from cheapest to most expensive.

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The 10 Cheapest Neighborhoods To Live In Houston For 2022

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Population: 143,203
Cost Of Living Index: 92 (9th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 1.9 (3rd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.012 (9th cheapest)
More on Pasadina: Homes For Sale | Data

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Population: 90,207
Cost Of Living Index: 100 (14th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.1 (7th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.008 (4th cheapest)
More on Far Northeast: Homes For Sale | Data

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Population: 59,742
Cost Of Living Index: 82 (cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 1.7 (2nd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.025 (26th cheapest)
More on Far North: Homes For Sale | Data

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Population: 125,992
Cost Of Living Index: 85 (2nd cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.0 (4th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.021 (24th cheapest)
More on Sugarland: Homes For Sale | Data

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Population: 69,368
Cost Of Living Index: 97 (13th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.6 (11th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.011 (7th cheapest)
More on Meyerland: Homes For Sale | Data

Downtown Houston, TX

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Population: 10,089
Cost Of Living Index: 94 (12th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 0.6 (cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.016 (19th cheapest)
More on Downtown: Homes For Sale | Data

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Population: 129,659
Cost Of Living Index: 86 (4th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.0 (5th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.022 (25th cheapest)
More on Northeast: Homes For Sale | Data

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Population: 108,921
Cost Of Living Index: 89 (7th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.1 (6th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.02 (2cheapest)
More on Southwest: Homes For Sale | Data

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Population: 261,757
Cost Of Living Index: 88 (6th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.4 (8th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.018 (20th cheapest)
More on Southeast: Homes For Sale | Data

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Population: 71,050
Cost Of Living Index: 93 (10th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.5 (9th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.015 (16th cheapest)
More on Westchase: Homes For Sale | Data

Methodology: How We Determined The Cheapest Houston Hoods In 2022

In order to rank the cheapest places to live in Houston, we had to determine what criteria defines "cheap".

Using census and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • Overall Cost Of Living
  • Rent To Income Ratio
  • Median Home Value To Income Ratio

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 26 in each category, where 1 was the cheapest.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a cheap neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest cheapest neighborhood index the "Cheapest City Neighborhood In Houston." We're lookin' at you, Pasadina.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the cheapest places Houston. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from cheapest to most expensive.

Summary: Lowest Cost Places To Live In Houston

If you're measuring the neighborhoods in Houston where prices are low and it's cheap to live, this is an accurate list.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Houston aren't all cheap. River Oaks takes the title of the most expensive neighborhood to live in Houston.

We ranked the neighborhoods from cheapest to most expensive in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Cheapest Neighborhoods To Live In Houston For 2022

Rank Neighborhood Cost Of Living Index
1 Pasadina 92
2 Far Northeast 100
3 Far North 82
4 Sugarland 85
5 Meyerland 97
6 Downtown 94
7 Northeast 86
8 Southwest 89
9 Southeast 88
10 Westchase 93
11 North 86
12 Northwest 90
13 East End 87
14 Bellaire 94
15 West Houston 106
16 Greater Heights 119
17 Spring Branch 100
18 Medical 102
19 Rice 146
20 Rice Military 125
21 Midtown 107
22 West University 168
23 Montrose 124
24 Galleria-Uptown 127
25 Greater Memorial 174
26 River Oaks 150

Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our third time ranking the cheapest neighborhoods to live in Houston.

About Chris Kolmar

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