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

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  • 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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Compare Austin, TX Cost of living To Other Cities

Texas Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Texas6.25%8.25%

Texas Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Texas0%0%

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.
Four Points, TX099-1%
Colorado Acres, TX999-1%
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.