Baytown 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.
IndexBaytownTexasNational
Cost of living index8890100
IndexBaytownTexasNational
Goods & Services index10094100
Groceries index8789100
Health care index9195100
Housing index6581100
Transportation index9493100
Utilities index10795100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Baytown, TX. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Baytown, TX being 88, that puts it 2% lower than the average of Texas and 12% lower 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 Baytown, TX, the price of goods and services are 6% higher than the average of Texas as well as equal to the nation's average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Baytown is 2% lower than the Texas average.
  • The cost of living in Baytown is 12% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Baytown is 35% 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 is meant to help you compare your salary in Baytown, TX to your potential earning power in another city. This can help you deduce what your salary would need to be in any given city in order for you to live the same lifestyle that you do in your current city. In other words, if you plan on moving to a city where the cost of living is higher than in Baytown, TX, you'll have to make more money in the new city in order to maintain the lifestyle you currently enjoy. To use the Baytown, TX salary calculator, simply input the new city, then move the adjustable slider to match your current income. Once you've selected your income, the calculator will determine if that income is sufficient to support your standard of living in the new city you entered. The calculator will also supply you with a rundown of living costs in the new city.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$60,406$5,034$1,409$1,812
Renters$31,381$2,615$732$942
The affordability of the housing market in Baytown, 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 Baytown, TX homeowners, the median income is $60,406. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,409 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $31,381. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $732 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 considering the overall cost of living expenses in Baytown, 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

ItemBaytownNational avg.Difference
Haircut $17.43$15.5612.0%
Beauty Salon $50.63$36.1140.2%
Toothpaste $2.13$2.4713.7%
Shampoo $0.85$0.9612.3%
Movie $10.90$10.137.6%
Bowling $5.77$4.7421.9%

Groceries

ItemBaytownNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.19$3.985.1%
Fried Chicken $1.02$1.4127.3%
Milk $1.68$2.0618.6%
Potatoes $2.55$2.9814.6%
Pizza $7.59$9.4719.9%
Beer $8.88$8.791.0%

Health Care

ItemBaytownNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $92.07$101.048.9%
Doctor $78.44$107.4427.0%
Dentist $87.60$90.423.1%
Ibuprofen $8.35$9.2810.0%
Lipitor $436.97$426.502.5%

Housing

ItemBaytownNational avg.Difference
Home Price $94,500.00$175,700.0046.2%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,024.25$1,133.239.6%
Apartment Rent $839.00$920.008.8%

Transportation

ItemBaytownNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.83$1.998.1%
Tire Balancing $45.76$45.760.0%

Utilities

ItemBaytownNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$150.98$163.817.8%
Phone $36.01$28.3926.8%
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.
Sheldon, TX1,58584-16%
Cloverleaf, TX23,73286-14%
Barrett, TX4,28287-13%
Channelview, TX38,98088-12%
Pasadena, TX152,17188-12%
Baytown, TX74,15788-12%

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Bolingbrook, IL74,1121066%
San Ramon, CA73,82618787%
Springdale, AR73,78986-14%
Schaumburg, IL74,56011717%
Centreville, VA73,67713838%
Baytown, TX74,15788-12%
Source: The Baytown, TX cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.