Alamo Heights cost of living index

In the event that the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used. Each cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. If the amount is below 100, it is lower than the national average. If the amount is above 100, it is higher than the national average.
IndexAlamo HeightsTexasNational
Cost of living index12790100
IndexAlamo HeightsTexasNational
Goods & Services index9494100
Groceries index8189100
Health care index9295100
Housing index21581100
Transportation index8893100
Utilities index8895100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Alamo Heights, TX is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Alamo Heights, TX enjoy a cost of living index of 127. This index is 42% higher than the Texas average, and 27% higher than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Alamo Heights, TX, the average cost of goods and services is 1% lower than it is in Texas, and it is 7% lower than the national average.

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  • The cost of living in Alamo Heights is 42% higher than the Texas average.
  • The cost of living in Alamo Heights is 27% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Alamo Heights is 115% higher than the national average.
  • Texas general sales tax is 23% higher than the national average.
  • Texas state income tax is 100% lower than the national average.

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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

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One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Alamo Heights, TX by the percentage of a person’s income that he or she spends on the monthly housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). To stay on the safe side and keep one’s head above the water, a consumer should never spend more than 28 percent of his or her gross income on housing-related expenses and costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. Homeowners in Alamo Heights, TX have a median income of $148,655. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $3,468 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $43,277, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $1,010.

Texas Sales Tax

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Texas Income Tax

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When assessing the complete cost of living in Alamo Heights, TX, the Texas income tax and the Texas sales tax percentages should unquestionably be taken into consideration. Sales taxes aren't just levies imposed onto sold goods, but they also include taxes that are charged when services are provided for a fee. The rates are different from state to state and can run has high as 7 percent. Some states have no sales tax at all. The Texas maximum surtax is 8.25%, and the Texas sales tax is 6.25%. By contrast, income tax is an unfortunate obligation that is charged by the government against earnings. Just like sales taxes, the rates for income taxes differ from state to state. They also decrease or increase according to the individual's tax bracket. Tax rates can run as high as 9 percent, with a minimum of zero. Income tax rates range from 0% to 0% in Texas.

Goods & Services

ItemAlamo HeightsNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.20$15.562.4%
Beauty Salon $29.73$36.1117.7%
Toothpaste $2.83$2.4714.6%
Shampoo $0.75$0.9622.3%
Movie $10.02$10.131.1%
Bowling $6.46$4.7436.4%


ItemAlamo HeightsNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.09$3.9822.5%
Fried Chicken $1.28$1.419.3%
Milk $1.71$2.0617.3%
Potatoes $2.56$2.9814.2%
Pizza $9.76$9.473.0%
Beer $8.31$8.795.5%

Health Care

ItemAlamo HeightsNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $88.78$101.0412.1%
Doctor $99.78$107.447.1%
Dentist $79.08$90.4212.5%
Ibuprofen $7.97$9.2814.1%
Lipitor $430.52$426.500.9%


ItemAlamo HeightsNational avg.Difference
Home Price $459,700.00$175,700.00161.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $808.44$1,133.2328.7%
Apartment Rent $973.00$920.005.8%


ItemAlamo HeightsNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.84$1.997.4%
Tire Balancing $36.22$45.7620.8%


ItemAlamo HeightsNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$131.56$163.8119.7%
Phone $28.00$28.391.4%
Although the cost of living data is updated regularly, this cost of living information is to be used as estimates only as prices can change on an ongoing basis.

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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Macdona, TX35375-25%
Von Ormy, TX1,03176-24%
Balcones Heights, TX2,82581-19%
Kirby, TX8,22181-19%
San Antonio, TX1,385,43885-15%
Alamo Heights, TX7,39712727%

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Alamo Heights, TX7,39712727%
Source: The Alamo Heights, TX cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.