La Porte 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.
IndexLa PorteTexasNational
Cost of living index9390100
IndexLa PorteTexasNational
Goods & Services index10094100
Groceries index8789100
Health care index9195100
Housing index8281100
Transportation index9493100
Utilities index10795100
Displayed above is a general overview of the La Porte, TX cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in La Porte, TX is 93, which is 4% higher than the Texas average and 7% lower than the national average. The cost of living index is created from the following categories: goods/services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). As you can see, goods/services and housing make up the majority of the overall cost of living index. Everyday goods and services can be a good indicator of the general cost of goods in a given city. In this case, the goods and services in La Porte, TX are 6% higher than the Texas average and equal to the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in La Porte is 4% higher than the Texas average.
  • The cost of living in La Porte is 7% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in La Porte is 18% 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$79,139$6,595$1,846$2,374
Renters$43,526$3,627$1,016$1,306
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in La Porte, 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 La Porte, TX homeowners, is $79,139. This would allow for a maximum of $1,846 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $43,526 which would result in a maximum of $1,016 to be spent on rental costs.

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 La Porte, 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

ItemLa PorteNational avg.Difference
Haircut $17.43$15.5612.0%
Beauty Salon $50.63$36.1140.2%
Toothpaste $2.13$2.4713.7%
Shampoo $0.85$0.9612.3%
Movie $10.90$10.137.6%
Bowling $5.77$4.7421.9%

Groceries

ItemLa PorteNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.19$3.985.1%
Fried Chicken $1.02$1.4127.3%
Milk $1.68$2.0618.6%
Potatoes $2.55$2.9814.6%
Pizza $7.59$9.4719.9%
Beer $8.88$8.791.0%

Health Care

ItemLa PorteNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $92.07$101.048.9%
Doctor $78.44$107.4427.0%
Dentist $87.60$90.423.1%
Ibuprofen $8.35$9.2810.0%
Lipitor $436.97$426.502.5%

Housing

ItemLa PorteNational avg.Difference
Home Price $121,600.00$175,700.0030.8%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,024.25$1,133.239.6%
Apartment Rent $1,040.00$920.0013.0%

Transportation

ItemLa PorteNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.83$1.998.1%
Tire Balancing $45.76$45.760.0%

Utilities

ItemLa PorteNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$150.98$163.817.8%
Phone $36.01$28.3926.8%
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.
Sheldon, TX1,58584-16%
Jacinto City, TX10,71784-16%
South Houston, TX17,32385-15%
Galena Park, TX11,09385-15%
Bacliff, TX8,60685-15%
La Porte, TX34,47393-7%

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Brunswick, OH34,43899-1%
La Porte, TX34,47393-7%
Source: The La Porte, TX cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.