Elgin 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.
IndexElginTexasNational
Cost of living index8791100
IndexElginTexasNational
Goods & Services index9697100
Groceries index8490100
Health care index10296100
Housing index7381100
Transportation index8995100
Utilities index9894100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Elgin, TX is displayed above. In Elgin, TX, the overall cost of living index is 87, which is 4% lower than the Texas average and 13% lower than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Elgin, TX, the city's goods and services are 1% lower than the Texas average and 4% lower than the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Elgin is 4% lower than the Texas average.
  • The cost of living in Elgin is 13% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Elgin is 27% 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$60,862$5,072$1,420$1,826
Renters$33,472$2,789$781$1,004
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Elgin, TX, as well as what the average cost of living is. Generally, a good rule to follow is that the debt-to-income (DTI) level you want to maintain is 28 percent or less of your income on your rent or mortgage payment and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. In Elgin, TX homeowners have a median income of $60,862. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $1,420 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $33,472, which means there is a maximum of $781 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

Texas Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Texas6.25%8.25%

Texas Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Texas0%0%
For those who live in Elgin, TX and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the Texas income tax rate and the Texas sales tax rate. By sales tax, we mean the taxes that are included whenever a person is purchasing any goods or services. The amount that is taxed depends upon the particular state, where some states have a sales tax of zero percent while others can have a tax higher than seven percent. In Texas, the sales tax is 6.25%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 8.25%. There is also income tax to consider, which is based upon the amount of money made in a year. Just like sales tax, income tax depends upon the particular state but also depends upon what tax bracket the person is in. Income tax for the state can be higher than nine percent in some states to zero percent in others. For those that live in Texas, the income tax rate ranges between 0% to 0%.

Goods & Services

ItemElginNational avg.Difference
Haircut $16.25$14.5911.4%
Beauty Salon $36.67$34.685.7%
Toothpaste $1.63$2.4734.1%
Shampoo $0.75$1.0226.6%
Movie $10.63$9.877.7%
Bowling $4.39$4.390.0%

Groceries

ItemElginNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.49$4.4822.0%
Fried Chicken $1.01$1.4631.0%
Milk $2.63$2.3611.6%
Potatoes $2.67$3.0612.8%
Pizza $8.99$9.242.7%
Beer $8.57$8.630.7%

Health Care

ItemElginNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $103.53$99.783.8%
Doctor $103.00$105.031.9%
Dentist $94.50$88.706.5%
Ibuprofen $7.97$9.4115.3%
Lipitor $306.77$298.502.8%

Housing

ItemElginNational avg.Difference
Home Price $104,100.00$175,700.0040.8%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $911.89$1,081.0315.6%
Apartment Rent $971.00$920.005.5%

Transportation

ItemElginNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.76$2.0915.9%
Tire Balancing $45.98$45.291.5%

Utilities

ItemElginNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$183.52$170.807.4%
Phone $24.15$28.2614.5%
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.
Garfield, TX1,57685-15%
Camp Swift, TX6,18486-14%
McDade, TX87489-11%
Webberville, TX48091-9%
Circle D-KC Estates, TX2,14492-8%
Elgin, TX8,22487-13%

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Elgin, TX8,22487-13%
Source: The Elgin, TX cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.