Longview 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.
IndexLongviewTexasNational
Cost of living index9491100
IndexLongviewTexasNational
Goods & Services index10397100
Groceries index9190100
Health care index10396100
Housing index7781100
Transportation index10095100
Utilities index11194100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Longview, TX is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Longview, TX enjoy a cost of living index of 94. This index is 4% higher than the Texas average, and 6% 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 Longview, TX, the average cost of goods and services is 6% higher than it is in Texas, and it is 3% higher than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Longview is 4% higher than the Texas average.
  • The cost of living in Longview is 6% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Longview 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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Using the salary calculator lets you compare the salary you earn in Longview, TX to what it is in other cities. It will let you know what your earnings would have to be in another city to have the same standard of living, as determined by the cost of living in each city. For example, if the cost of living in the area you want to move to is higher than the cost of living in Longview, TX, you have to earn a higher income in order to still have the same standard of living. To operate the Longview, TX salary calculator, put in the name of the other city, then move the slider to the point that represents the current income. The salary calculator will take care of the rest and tell you how much more or less you must earn in the new city. A Total breakdown of the cost of living is also provided.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$59,898$4,992$1,398$1,797
Renters$27,685$2,307$646$831
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Longview, 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 Longview, TX homeowners, is $59,898. This would allow for a maximum of $1,398 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $27,685 which would result in a maximum of $646 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%
For those who live in Longview, 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

ItemLongviewNational avg.Difference
Haircut $13.83$14.595.2%
Beauty Salon $38.00$34.689.6%
Toothpaste $2.32$2.476.2%
Shampoo $0.97$1.025.1%
Movie $9.63$9.872.4%
Bowling $4.99$4.3913.6%

Groceries

ItemLongviewNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.45$4.480.6%
Fried Chicken $1.07$1.4626.9%
Milk $2.28$2.363.3%
Potatoes $3.14$3.062.6%
Pizza $10.30$9.2411.4%
Beer $8.92$8.633.3%

Health Care

ItemLongviewNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $99.93$99.780.2%
Doctor $100.60$105.034.2%
Dentist $96.71$88.709.0%
Ibuprofen $9.29$9.411.3%
Lipitor $304.66$298.502.1%

Housing

ItemLongviewNational avg.Difference
Home Price $129,300.00$175,700.0026.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,052.98$1,081.032.6%
Apartment Rent $773.00$920.0016.0%

Transportation

ItemLongviewNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.93$2.097.8%
Tire Balancing $55.60$45.2922.8%

Utilities

ItemLongviewNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$155.43$170.809.0%
Phone $39.17$28.2638.6%
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.
Tatum, TX1,02284-16%
Easton, TX46884-16%
Gilmer, TX5,03188-12%
Clarksville City, TX82089-11%
Union Grove, TX33290-10%
Longview, TX82,03094-6%

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Longview, TX82,03094-6%
Source: The Longview, TX cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.