Houston, TX Cost Of Living

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Updated: 2020-03-08
Houston'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 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 94 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 91.

The standard of living in Houston ranks as #2371 most affordable out of the 6522 places we measured in Texas. By definition, that implies Houston ranks as the #4035 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 94 91 100
Services 102 95 100
Groceries 89 90 100
Health 92 97 100
Housing 82 83 100
Transportation 97 94 100
Utilities 107 102 100
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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.

Median Home Value
Median Rent
Median Income
Statistic Houston Texas United States
Median Home Value $161,300 $161,700 $204,900
Median Rent $990 $998 $1,023
Median Income $51,140 $59,570 $60,293
Home Value To Income 3.2x 2.7x 3.4x
Rent To Monthly Income 0.23x 0.2x 0.2x

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Cost Of Living In Cities Around Houston

City Population Cost Of Living Vs. Houston
Sugar Land, TX 118,182 117 1.2x
Pearland, TX 117,867 103 1.1x
Atascocita, TX 79,019 101 1.1x
Mission Bend, TX 39,291 95 1.0x
Deer Park, TX 33,935 96 1.0x
Fresno, TX 24,607 97 1.0x
Bellaire, TX 18,733 172 1.8x
West University Place, TX 15,619 193 2.1x
Four Corners, TX 12,465 101 1.1x
Galena Park, TX 11,075 85 0.9x

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