Brownsville, TX Cost Of Living

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Updated: 2020-03-08
Brownsville's Overall Cost Of Living
Lower Than The National Average
The cost of living index is set to 100 for the average place in America. An index above 100 means Brownsville is expensive, while a number below 100 means it's a relatively cheap place to live.

What is the cost of living in Brownsville, TX?

According to the most recent data on the cost of living, Brownsville has an overall cost of living index of 74 which is 0.7x lower than the national index of 100.

Compared to only Texas, Brownsville has a cost of living index that's 0.8x lower than Texas's index of 91.

The standard of living in Brownsville ranks as #37 most affordable out of the 6522 places we measured in Texas. By definition, that implies Brownsville ranks as the #6369 most expensive place in the Lone Star State.

Brownsville Cost Of Living Vs. Texas

Living Expense Brownsville Texas National Average
Overall 74 91 100
Services 75 95 100
Groceries 83 90 100
Health 84 97 100
Housing 52 83 100
Transportation 89 94 100
Utilities 102 102 100
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Brownsville, TX Housing Cost Breakdown

Housing swings affordability the most between places in Texas, so we broke down the statistics around housing costs into more detail. It's also important to consider median household incomes to make apples-to-apples comparisons across locations.

Home and income come data comes from the most recent US Census ACS 2014-2018.

Median Home Value
Median Rent
Median Income
Statistic Brownsville Texas United States
Median Home Value $87,600 $161,700 $204,900
Median Rent $710 $998 $1,023
Median Income $36,499 $59,570 $60,293
Home Value To Income 2.4x 2.7x 3.4x
Rent To Monthly Income 0.23x 0.2x 0.2x

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Cost Of Living In Cities Around Brownsville

City Population Cost Of Living Vs. Brownsville
Edinburg, TX 94,019 77 1.0x
Pharr, TX 77,835 73 1.0x
Harlingen, TX 65,449 74 1.0x
Weslaco, TX 39,871 73 1.0x
San Benito, TX 24,466 70 0.9x
Alamo, TX 19,591 71 1.0x
Mercedes, TX 16,648 70 0.9x
Donna, TX 16,576 70 0.9x
Raymondville, TX 11,051 68 0.9x
Los Fresnos, TX 7,707 75 1.0x

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