Alton 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.
Cost of living index6991100
Goods & Services index7697100
Groceries index7990100
Health care index8196100
Housing index4781100
Transportation index8695100
Utilities index7994100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Alton, TX is displayed above. In Alton, TX, the overall cost of living index is 69, which is 24% lower than the Texas average and 31% lower than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Alton, TX, the city's goods and services are 22% lower than the Texas average and 24% lower than the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Alton is 24% lower than the Texas average.
  • The cost of living in Alton is 31% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Alton is 53% 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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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

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How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Alton, TX, as well as what the average cost of living is. Generally, a good rule to follow is that the debt-to-income (DTI) level you want to maintain is 28 percent or less of your income on your rent or mortgage payment and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. In Alton, TX homeowners have a median income of $33,813. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $789 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $22,729, which means there is a maximum of $530 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

Texas Sales Tax

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Texas Income Tax

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When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Alton, TX, it's important to take into account the sales tax for Texas, as well as the rate for income tax in Texas. Goods and services sold to consumers in any state have some form of sales tax. Each state has its own tax code, which means that sales tax rates vary from state to state, ranging from over 7% in some states to as low as 0% in others. The maximum surtax for Texas is 8.25%, and the sales tax in the state of Texas is 6.25%. Alternatively, the tax imposed on your income by the state government is known as income tax. The rate for this tax also varies from state to state, and your rate is affected by your tax bracket, which is determined by your level of income. Income tax rates might be as high as 9%, down to as low as 0%. The range for income tax rates in Texas starts from 0% and goes up to 0%.

Goods & Services

ItemAltonNational 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%


ItemAltonNational 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

ItemAltonNational 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%


ItemAltonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $63,900.00$175,700.0063.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $776.23$1,081.0328.2%
Apartment Rent $671.00$920.0027.1%


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


ItemAltonNational 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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Campo Verde, TX15295-5%
La Esperanza, TX1793-7%
Tierra Dorada, TX878-22%
Los Ebanos, TX16261-39%
South Alamo, TX3,90763-37%
Alton, TX14,73569-31%

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Alton, TX14,73569-31%
Source: The Alton, TX cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.