Briar 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.
IndexBriarTexasNational
Cost of living index9390100
IndexBriarTexasNational
Goods & Services index11394100
Groceries index9289100
Health care index9895100
Housing index6681100
Transportation index10393100
Utilities index9895100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Briar, TX cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Briar, TX is 93, which is 4% higher than the Texas average and 7% 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 Briar, TX are 20% higher than the Texas average and 13% higher than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Briar is 4% higher than the Texas average.
  • The cost of living in Briar is 7% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Briar is 34% 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

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$53,077$4,423$1,238$1,592
Renters$18,011$1,501$420$540
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Briar, 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 Briar, TX, the median monthly income is $53,077 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,238 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $18,011, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $420 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%
One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in Briar, TX is the Texas sales tax and Texas income tax rates. Sales taxes are taxes that are collected on most goods or services sold. Sales taxes can vary by state and can be as high as 7% and as low as 0% as not every state imposes a sales tax. The Texas sales tax rate is 6.25% and the maximum surtax that can be charged is 8.25%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by both the federal and state government. The income tax rates varies by individual state and will also be higher or lower depending on the applicable tax bracket. The rates of state income tax can vary from 0% to more than 9%. The Texas income tax rates range from 0% to 0%.

Goods & Services

ItemBriarNational avg.Difference
Haircut $20.20$15.5629.8%
Beauty Salon $53.87$36.1149.2%
Toothpaste $2.28$2.477.8%
Shampoo $0.85$0.9611.9%
Movie $10.48$10.133.5%
Bowling $9.19$4.7494.0%

Groceries

ItemBriarNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.53$3.9811.3%
Fried Chicken $1.15$1.4118.0%
Milk $1.66$2.0619.4%
Potatoes $2.79$2.986.6%
Pizza $9.15$9.473.4%
Beer $9.17$8.794.2%

Health Care

ItemBriarNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $81.35$101.0419.5%
Doctor $102.94$107.444.2%
Dentist $89.92$90.420.6%
Ibuprofen $8.36$9.289.9%
Lipitor $450.98$426.505.7%

Housing

ItemBriarNational avg.Difference
Home Price $92,800.00$175,700.0047.2%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $895.60$1,133.2321.0%
Apartment Rent $879.00$920.004.5%

Transportation

ItemBriarNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.93$1.993.1%
Tire Balancing $54.04$45.7618.1%

Utilities

ItemBriarNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$167.30$163.812.1%
Phone $26.67$28.396.0%
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.
Lakeside, TX28385-15%
Pelican Bay, TX1,90885-15%
Sansom Park, TX4,76989-11%
River Oaks, TX7,57592-8%
New Fairview, TX1,09093-7%
Briar, TX4,65593-7%

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Westwood, KY4,65583-17%
Mount Carmel, OH4,65490-10%
Seat Pleasant, MD4,65611414%
La Grange, TX4,65888-12%
West Milton, OH4,65994-6%
Briar, TX4,65593-7%
Source: The Briar, TX cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.