Houston, TX Cost Of Living

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Updated: 2022-04-07
95
Houston's Overall Cost Of Living
0.9x
Lower Than The National Average
269 out of 405
In Texas
2,449 out of 6,412
In America
The cost of living index is set to 100 for the average place in America. An index above 100 means Houston is expensive, while a number below 100 means it's a relatively cheap place to live.

What is the cost of living in Houston, TX?

According to the most recent data on the cost of living, Houston has an overall cost of living index of 95 which is 0.9x lower than the national index of 100.

Compared to only Texas, Houston has a cost of living index that's 1.0x higher than Texas's index of 94.

The standard of living in Houston ranks as #2,449 most affordable out of the 6,418 places we measured in Texas. By definition, that implies Houston ranks as the #3,969 most expensive place in the Lone Star State.

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Houston Cost Of Living Vs. Texas

Living Expense Houston Texas National Average
Overall 95 94 100
Services 101 98 100
Groceries 93 89 100
Health 100 95 100
Housing 83 83 100
Transportation 94 89 100
Utilities 111 101 100
For more reading on cost of living around Texas, check out:
Houston Cost of Living Vs. TX

Houston, 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.

$186,800
Median Home Value
$1,086
Median Rent
$53,600
Median Income
Statistic Houston Texas United States
Median Home Value $186,800 $187,200 $229,800
Median Rent $1,086 $1,082 $1,096
Median Income $53,600 $63,826 $64,994
Home Value To Income 3.5x 2.9x 3.5x
Rent To Monthly Income 0.24x 0.2x 0.2x

Detailed Houston Services Costs Vs. Texas

Item Houston Texas
Shampoo $0.96 $1.06
Movie $9.78 $10.68
Bowling $20.8 $14.67

Detailed Houston Groceries Costs Vs. Texas

Item Houston Texas
Ground Beef $4.05 $4.22
Fried Chicken $1.13 $1.39
Milk $1.58 $2.05

Detailed Houston Health Costs Vs. Texas

Item Houston Texas
Haircut $19.27 $18.62
Beauty Salon $61.37 $39.05
Toothpaste $2.25 $2.34

Detailed Houston Transportation Costs Vs. Texas

Item Houston Texas
Potatoes $2.87 $3.29
Pizza $9.65 $10.62
Beer $9.84 $9.38
Optometrist $119.84 $108.57
Doctor $88.11 $116.17
Dentist $111.03 $99.13

Detailed Houston Utilities Costs Vs. Texas

Item Houston Texas
Gasoline $1.92 $2.22
Tire Balancing $56.85 $50.07
All Electricity $199.99 $167.67
Phone $183.98 $175.64

Houston SnackAbility

4
/10
Overall SnackAbility
Jobs
6/10
Housing
8
Affordability
5
Diversity
10
Safety
3
Amenities
9.5
Education
7
Commute
6

Cost Of Living In Cities Around Houston

City Population Cost Of Living Vs. Houston
Pearland, TX 125,817 102 1.1x
Sugar Land, TX 118,563 117 1.2x
Atascocita, TX 81,860 102 1.1x
Mission Bend, TX 38,693 97 1.0x
Deer Park, TX 33,599 97 1.0x
Fresno, TX 23,745 96 1.0x
Bellaire, TX 18,862 173 1.8x
West University Place, TX 15,589 195 2.1x
Four Corners, TX 11,634 101 1.1x
Galena Park, TX 10,848 84 0.9x

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