Fort Worth 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.
IndexFort WorthTexasNational
Cost of living index9691100
IndexFort WorthTexasNational
Goods & Services index11597100
Groceries index9090100
Health care index10296100
Housing index7781100
Transportation index9595100
Utilities index9794100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Fort Worth, TX is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Fort Worth, TX enjoy a cost of living index of 96. This index is 6% higher than the Texas average, and 4% lower than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Fort Worth, TX, the average cost of goods and services is 18% higher than it is in Texas, and it is 15% higher than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Fort Worth is 6% higher than the Texas average.
  • The cost of living in Fort Worth is 4% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Fort Worth is 23% 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 Fort Worth, 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 Fort Worth, TX, you'll have to make more money in the new city in order to maintain the lifestyle you currently enjoy. To use the Fort Worth, 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$69,197$5,766$1,614$2,076
Renters$33,952$2,829$792$1,019
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Fort Worth, 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 Fort Worth, TX homeowners have a median income of $69,197. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $1,614 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $33,952, which means there is a maximum of $792 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%
When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Fort Worth, 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

ItemFort WorthNational avg.Difference
Haircut $19.00$14.5930.2%
Beauty Salon $58.00$34.6867.2%
Toothpaste $2.02$2.4718.3%
Shampoo $1.22$1.0219.4%
Movie $9.96$9.870.9%
Bowling $5.25$4.3919.5%

Groceries

ItemFort WorthNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.32$4.483.5%
Fried Chicken $1.39$1.465.1%
Milk $2.00$2.3615.1%
Potatoes $3.22$3.065.2%
Pizza $8.55$9.247.5%
Beer $8.82$8.632.2%

Health Care

ItemFort WorthNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $89.67$99.7810.1%
Doctor $106.00$105.030.9%
Dentist $95.67$88.707.9%
Ibuprofen $8.78$9.416.7%
Lipitor $305.36$298.502.3%

Housing

ItemFort WorthNational avg.Difference
Home Price $122,100.00$175,700.0030.5%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $832.74$1,081.0323.0%
Apartment Rent $878.00$920.004.6%

Transportation

ItemFort WorthNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.94$2.097.2%
Tire Balancing $45.00$45.290.6%

Utilities

ItemFort WorthNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$181.35$170.806.2%
Phone $24.00$28.2615.1%
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, TX28384-16%
Pelican Bay, TX1,90885-15%
Sansom Park, TX4,76989-11%
White Settlement, TX16,57190-10%
Everman, TX6,21390-10%
Fort Worth, TX778,57396-4%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Charlotte, NC774,80799-1%
Columbus, OH811,94389-11%
San Francisco, CA829,07218989%
Indianapolis, IN835,09788-12%
Jacksonville, FL837,53398-2%
Fort Worth, TX778,57396-4%
Source: The Fort Worth, TX cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.