Dickinson 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.
IndexDickinsonTexasNational
Cost of living index8990100
IndexDickinsonTexasNational
Goods & Services index10197100
Groceries index8690100
Health care index9196100
Housing index7678100
Transportation index8995100
Utilities index9494100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Dickinson, TX cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Texas and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Dickinson, TX is 89, which is 1% lower than the Texas average and 11% lower than that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in Dickinson, TX are 3% higher than the average for Texas and 1% higher than the rest of the country.

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  • The cost of living in Dickinson is 1% lower than the Texas average.
  • The cost of living in Dickinson is 11% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Dickinson is 24% 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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Using the salary calculator lets you compare the salary you earn in Dickinson, TX to what it is in other cities. It will let you know what your earnings would have to be in another city to have the same standard of living, as determined by the cost of living in each city. For example, if the cost of living in the area you want to move to is higher than the cost of living in Dickinson, TX, you have to earn a higher income in order to still have the same standard of living. To operate the Dickinson, TX salary calculator, put in the name of the other city, then move the slider to the point that represents the current income. The salary calculator will take care of the rest and tell you how much more or less you must earn in the new city. A Total breakdown of the cost of living is also provided.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$82,770$6,898$1,931$2,483
Renters$33,197$2,766$775$996
A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living is by simply calculating the maximum that a person should spend on housing in Dickinson, TX, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The safest way to live in the city is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income that one earns on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Dickinson, TX has a median income of about $82,770 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,931 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $33,197. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $775 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

Texas Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Texas6.25%8.25%

Texas Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Texas0%0%
When you are determining the total cost of living in Dickinson, TX you will want to make sure you consider both the Texas sales tax and the Texas income tax rates. Sales tax come in the form of taxes levied on both services and goods that are sold. The sales tax rates are different state to state and range from zero sales tax to higher than 7%. The sales tax in Texas is 6.25%, with the highest surtax being 8.25%. Tax that is on income by the government is income tax. Different states have different income tax rates and these rates can be higher or lower dependent on the corresponding tax bracket. The state income tax rates are different state to state and range from no income tax to more than 9% income tax. The income tax rates in Texas have a range from 0% to 0%.

Goods & Services

ItemDickinsonNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.70$14.597.6%
Beauty Salon $50.70$34.6846.2%
Toothpaste $2.05$2.4717.1%
Shampoo $0.83$1.0218.8%
Movie $10.14$9.872.8%
Bowling $5.35$4.3921.8%

Groceries

ItemDickinsonNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.78$4.486.8%
Fried Chicken $1.22$1.4616.7%
Milk $1.69$2.3628.3%
Potatoes $2.51$3.0618.0%
Pizza $8.69$9.246.0%
Beer $8.88$8.632.9%

Health Care

ItemDickinsonNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $91.56$99.788.2%
Doctor $78.68$105.0325.1%
Dentist $85.89$88.703.2%
Ibuprofen $7.98$9.4115.2%
Lipitor $306.58$298.502.7%

Housing

ItemDickinsonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $124,000.00$181,400.0031.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,037.88$1,081.034.0%
Apartment Rent $827.00$889.007.0%

Transportation

ItemDickinsonNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.94$2.097.1%
Tire Balancing $35.44$45.2921.7%

Utilities

ItemDickinsonNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$144.44$170.8015.4%
Phone $30.15$28.266.7%
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.
Liverpool, TX66781-19%
South Houston, TX16,99783-17%
Hitchcock, TX7,02184-16%
La Marque, TX14,62685-15%
Bacliff, TX7,57386-14%
Dickinson, TX18,74889-11%

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Glassboro, NJ18,75011515%
Jasmine Estates, FL18,74488-12%
Hawthorne, NJ18,75313535%
Casa de Oro-Mount Helix, CA18,73615454%
Meadowbrook, VA18,7621011%
Dickinson, TX18,74889-11%
Source: The Dickinson, TX cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.