Austin 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.
IndexAustinTexasNational
Cost of living index10490100
IndexAustinTexasNational
Goods & Services index10597100
Groceries index8790100
Health care index10496100
Housing index11678100
Transportation index9695100
Utilities index9894100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Austin, TX. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Austin, TX being 104, that puts it 16% higher than the average of Texas and 4% higher than our nation's average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city's goods. In the case of Austin, TX, the price of goods and services are 8% higher than the average of Texas as well as 5% higher than the nation's average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Austin is 16% higher than the Texas average.
  • The cost of living in Austin is 4% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Austin is 16% 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

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$83,036$6,920$1,937$2,491
Renters$36,349$3,029$848$1,091
The affordability of the housing market in Austin, TX as well as the overall cost of living can be indicated accurately by what percent of the monthly income is spent on housing related costs. This is konwn as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The overall rule of thumb is that no more than 28% of your gross income should ever be used on the overall costs related to housing and no more than 36% of gross income on all expenses and debts. Among Austin, TX homeowners, the median income is $83,036. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,937 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $36,349. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $848 used for their rent related monthly costs.

Texas Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Texas6.25%8.25%

Texas Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Texas0%0%
When assessing the complete cost of living in Austin, 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

ItemAustinNational avg.Difference
Haircut $20.00$14.5937.0%
Beauty Salon $48.80$34.6840.7%
Toothpaste $1.97$2.4720.3%
Shampoo $0.86$1.0215.9%
Movie $10.51$9.876.5%
Bowling $4.02$4.398.5%

Groceries

ItemAustinNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.20$4.486.2%
Fried Chicken $1.23$1.4616.0%
Milk $2.17$2.367.9%
Potatoes $3.64$3.0618.9%
Pizza $10.99$9.2418.9%
Beer $9.01$8.634.4%

Health Care

ItemAustinNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $125.67$99.7825.9%
Doctor $103.75$105.031.2%
Dentist $93.33$88.705.2%
Ibuprofen $8.43$9.4110.4%
Lipitor $324.49$298.508.7%

Housing

ItemAustinNational avg.Difference
Home Price $216,700.00$181,400.0019.5%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $846.73$1,081.0321.7%
Apartment Rent $950.00$889.006.9%

Transportation

ItemAustinNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.93$2.097.6%
Tire Balancing $48.00$45.296.0%

Utilities

ItemAustinNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$155.85$170.808.7%
Phone $30.21$28.266.9%
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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Colorado Acres, TX999-1%
Four Points, TX099-1%
Loma Linda West, TX10278-22%
Nocona Hills, TX80483-17%
Canyon Creek, TX68382-18%
Austin, TX799,9391044%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
San Francisco, CA807,75518484%
Columbus, OH790,16889-11%
Indianapolis, IN822,00688-12%
Jacksonville, FL823,652100-0%
Fort Worth, TX743,86595-5%
Austin, TX799,9391044%
Source: The Austin, TX cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.