Mesquite 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.
Cost of living index9791100
Goods & Services index11497100
Groceries index10790100
Health care index10496100
Housing index7581100
Transportation index9095100
Utilities index10494100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Mesquite, TX. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Mesquite, TX being 97, that puts it 7% higher than the average of Texas and 3% lower than our nation's average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city's goods. In the case of Mesquite, TX, the price of goods and services are 17% higher than the average of Texas as well as 14% higher than the nation's average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Mesquite is 7% higher than the Texas average.
  • The cost of living in Mesquite is 3% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Mesquite is 25% 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

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One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Mesquite, TX by the percentage of a person’s income that he or she spends on the monthly housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). To stay on the safe side and keep one’s head above the water, a consumer should never spend more than 28 percent of his or her gross income on housing-related expenses and costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. Homeowners in Mesquite, TX have a median income of $64,806. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $1,512 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $36,258, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $846.

Texas Sales Tax

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Texas Income Tax

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When you are determining the total cost of living in Mesquite, TX you will want to make sure you consider both the Texas sales tax and the Texas income tax rates. Sales tax come in the form of taxes levied on both services and goods that are sold. The sales tax rates are different state to state and range from zero sales tax to higher than 7%. The sales tax in Texas is 6.25%, with the highest surtax being 8.25%. Tax that is on income by the government is income tax. Different states have different income tax rates and these rates can be higher or lower dependent on the corresponding tax bracket. The state income tax rates are different state to state and range from no income tax to more than 9% income tax. The income tax rates in Texas have a range from 0% to 0%.

Goods & Services

ItemMesquiteNational 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%


ItemMesquiteNational 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

ItemMesquiteNational 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%


ItemMesquiteNational avg.Difference
Home Price $108,900.00$175,700.0038.0%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $723.28$1,081.0333.1%
Apartment Rent $972.00$920.005.7%


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


ItemMesquiteNational 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.

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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Wilmer, TX3,77990-10%
Hutchins, TX5,41092-8%
Seagoville, TX15,37993-7%
Balch Springs, TX24,69393-7%
Lancaster, TX37,73196-4%
Mesquite, TX142,55297-3%

Cities with similar population

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Dayton, OH141,77686-14%
Savannah, GA141,29897-3%
McKinney, TX144,06611010%
Naperville, IL144,10812828%
Clarksville, TN140,56394-6%
Mesquite, TX142,55297-3%
Source: The Mesquite, TX cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.