Alamo 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.
IndexAlamoTexasNational
Cost of living index6791100
IndexAlamoTexasNational
Goods & Services index7697100
Groceries index7990100
Health care index8196100
Housing index4281100
Transportation index8695100
Utilities index7994100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Alamo, TX cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Alamo, TX is 67, which is 26% lower than the Texas average and 33% lower than the national average. The cost of living index is created from the following categories: goods/services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). As you can see, goods/services and housing make up the majority of the overall cost of living index. Everyday goods and services can be a good indicator of the general cost of goods in a given city. In this case, the goods and services in Alamo, TX are 22% lower than the Texas average and 24% lower than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Alamo is 26% lower than the Texas average.
  • The cost of living in Alamo is 33% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Alamo is 58% lower 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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The salary calculator allows you to compare how much your current salary in Alamo, TX would be worth in another city. In other words, the salary calculator will adjust the figure you enter for cost of living so that you can determine how much more or much less you would need to earn while maintaining your current quality of living. If you are considering relocating to a more expensive city than Alamo, TX, the calculator will tell you how much more you need to earn so you can assess job offers more accurately. The Alamo, TX salary calculator is easy to use. All you do is enter the name of another city, then move the slider to your current income. After that, the salary calculator will crunch the numbers for you and give you the information you need about the place you are considering going. Additionally, it will show a detailed breakdown of the cost of living.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$40,873$3,406$954$1,226
Renters$19,810$1,651$462$594
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Alamo, TX, all you must look at is the percentage of monthly income that should be spent on housing expenses, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). Generally speaking, no more than 28 percent of your total gross income should be spent on your housing expenses and not more than 36 percent of your gross income on total expenses, including debts. In Alamo, TX, the median monthly income is $40,873 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $954 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $19,810, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $462 on monthly rental expenses.

Texas Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Texas6.25%8.25%

Texas Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Texas0%0%
For those who live in Alamo, TX and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the Texas income tax rate and the Texas sales tax rate. By sales tax, we mean the taxes that are included whenever a person is purchasing any goods or services. The amount that is taxed depends upon the particular state, where some states have a sales tax of zero percent while others can have a tax higher than seven percent. In Texas, the sales tax is 6.25%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 8.25%. There is also income tax to consider, which is based upon the amount of money made in a year. Just like sales tax, income tax depends upon the particular state but also depends upon what tax bracket the person is in. Income tax for the state can be higher than nine percent in some states to zero percent in others. For those that live in Texas, the income tax rate ranges between 0% to 0%.

Goods & Services

ItemAlamoNational avg.Difference
Haircut $10.00$14.5931.5%
Beauty Salon $23.33$34.6832.7%
Toothpaste $1.54$2.4737.7%
Shampoo $0.75$1.0226.6%
Movie $10.00$9.871.3%
Bowling $4.25$4.393.2%

Groceries

ItemAlamoNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.77$4.4815.8%
Fried Chicken $1.18$1.4619.4%
Milk $2.21$2.366.2%
Potatoes $2.58$3.0615.7%
Pizza $8.00$9.2413.4%
Beer $6.73$8.6322.0%

Health Care

ItemAlamoNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $60.00$99.7839.9%
Doctor $68.75$105.0334.5%
Dentist $66.00$88.7025.6%
Ibuprofen $7.97$9.4115.3%
Lipitor $329.99$298.5010.6%

Housing

ItemAlamoNational avg.Difference
Home Price $64,100.00$175,700.0063.5%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $776.23$1,081.0328.2%
Apartment Rent $494.00$920.0046.3%

Transportation

ItemAlamoNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.70$2.0918.8%
Tire Balancing $44.33$45.292.1%

Utilities

ItemAlamoNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$153.09$170.8010.4%
Phone $17.99$28.2636.3%
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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Relampago, TX2283-17%
La Chuparosa, TX095-5%
Campo Verde, TX15295-5%
Evergreen, TX093-7%
Tierra Dorada, TX878-22%
Alamo, TX18,90767-33%

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Alamo, TX18,90767-33%
Source: The Alamo, TX cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.