Houston 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.
IndexHoustonMissouriNational
Cost of living index8391100
IndexHoustonMissouriNational
Goods & Services index9495100
Groceries index9497100
Health care index9897100
Housing index5679100
Transportation index9193100
Utilities index99104100

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  • The cost of living in Houston is 9% lower than the Missouri average.
  • The cost of living in Houston is 17% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Houston is 44% lower than the national average.
  • Missouri general sales tax is 17% lower than the national average.
  • Missouri state income tax is 33% 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$39,130$3,261$913$1,174
Renters$13,550$1,129$316$407

Missouri Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Missouri4.225%9.35%

Missouri Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Missouri1.5%6%

Goods & Services

ItemHoustonNational avg.Difference
Haircut $13.43$15.5613.7%
Beauty Salon $24.17$36.1133.1%
Toothpaste $1.95$2.4721.3%
Shampoo $0.92$0.964.3%
Movie $8.90$10.1312.1%
Bowling $4.51$4.744.7%

Groceries

ItemHoustonNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $2.98$3.9825.1%
Fried Chicken $1.29$1.418.1%
Milk $2.31$2.0611.8%
Potatoes $2.67$2.9810.6%
Pizza $8.57$9.479.5%
Beer $8.36$8.795.0%

Health Care

ItemHoustonNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $97.68$101.043.3%
Doctor $108.28$107.440.8%
Dentist $84.45$90.426.6%
Ibuprofen $9.15$9.281.4%
Lipitor $430.38$426.500.9%

Housing

ItemHoustonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $91,100.00$175,700.0048.2%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $846.52$1,133.2325.3%
Apartment Rent $614.00$920.0033.3%

Transportation

ItemHoustonNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.72$1.9913.8%
Tire Balancing $45.85$45.760.2%

Utilities

ItemHoustonNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$131.03$163.8120.0%
Phone $35.33$28.3924.5%
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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Raymondville, MO36377-23%
Licking, MO2,99280-20%
Cabool, MO2,41079-21%
Plato, MO13184-16%
Houston, MO2,20883-17%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Toledo, IA2,20885-15%
Detroit Beach, MI2,20988-12%
Mount Vernon, GA2,20776-24%
Lawai, HI2,20918080%
Florala, AL2,21078-22%
Houston, MO2,20883-17%
Source: The Houston, MO cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.