Grand Prairie 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.
IndexGrand PrairieTexasNational
Cost of living index9991100
IndexGrand PrairieTexasNational
Goods & Services index11497100
Groceries index10790100
Health care index10496100
Housing index7981100
Transportation index9095100
Utilities index10494100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Grand Prairie, TX is displayed above. In Grand Prairie, TX, the overall cost of living index is 99, which is 9% higher than the Texas average and 1% 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 Grand Prairie, TX, the city's goods and services are 17% higher than the Texas average and 14% higher than the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Grand Prairie is 9% higher than the Texas average.
  • The cost of living in Grand Prairie is 1% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Grand Prairie is 21% 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 Grand Prairie, 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 Grand Prairie, TX, you'll have to make more money in the new city in order to maintain the lifestyle you currently enjoy. To use the Grand Prairie, 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

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The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Grand Prairie, TX as well as the overall cost of living. As a general rule of thumb, the debt-to-income ratio (DTI) for homeowners or renters should be not more than 28 percent of gross income to be spent on housing related costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses, including debts. The median income for Grand Prairie, TX homeowners, is $71,743. This would allow for a maximum of $1,674 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $36,070 which would result in a maximum of $842 to be spent on rental costs.

Texas Sales Tax

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Texas Income Tax

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When assessing the complete cost of living in Grand Prairie, TX, the Texas income tax and the Texas sales tax percentages should unquestionably be taken into consideration. Sales taxes aren't just levies imposed onto sold goods, but they also include taxes that are charged when services are provided for a fee. The rates are different from state to state and can run has high as 7 percent. Some states have no sales tax at all. The Texas maximum surtax is 8.25%, and the Texas sales tax is 6.25%. By contrast, income tax is an unfortunate obligation that is charged by the government against earnings. Just like sales taxes, the rates for income taxes differ from state to state. They also decrease or increase according to the individual's tax bracket. Tax rates can run as high as 9 percent, with a minimum of zero. Income tax rates range from 0% to 0% in Texas.

Goods & Services

ItemGrand PrairieNational avg.Difference
Haircut $21.33$14.5946.2%
Beauty Salon $41.25$34.6818.9%
Toothpaste $3.28$2.4732.6%
Shampoo $1.57$1.0253.6%
Movie $10.65$9.877.9%
Bowling $5.51$4.3925.5%


ItemGrand PrairieNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.85$4.488.3%
Fried Chicken $1.47$1.460.4%
Milk $1.99$2.3615.6%
Potatoes $2.95$3.063.6%
Pizza $10.19$9.2410.2%
Beer $9.74$8.6312.8%

Health Care

ItemGrand PrairieNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $112.00$99.7812.2%
Doctor $101.25$105.033.6%
Dentist $96.00$88.708.2%
Ibuprofen $10.95$9.4116.3%
Lipitor $303.46$298.501.7%


ItemGrand PrairieNational avg.Difference
Home Price $124,600.00$175,700.0029.1%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $723.28$1,081.0333.1%
Apartment Rent $896.00$920.002.6%


ItemGrand PrairieNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.80$2.0913.9%
Tire Balancing $45.12$45.290.4%


ItemGrand PrairieNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$181.49$170.806.3%
Phone $28.15$28.260.4%
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.
Horseshoe Bend, TX70379-21%
Cockrell Hill, TX4,26793-7%
Lancaster, TX37,73196-4%
Richland Hills, TX7,93394-6%
Duncanville, TX39,31598-2%
Grand Prairie, TX181,13599-1%

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Grand Prairie, TX181,13599-1%
Source: The Grand Prairie, TX cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.