Pasadena 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.
IndexPasadenaTexasNational
Cost of living index8890100
IndexPasadenaTexasNational
Goods & Services index10094100
Groceries index8789100
Health care index9195100
Housing index6681100
Transportation index9493100
Utilities index10795100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Pasadena, TX is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Pasadena, TX enjoy a cost of living index of 88. This index is 2% lower than the Texas average, and 12% 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 Pasadena, TX, the average cost of goods and services is 6% higher than it is in Texas, and it is equal to the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Pasadena is 2% lower than the Texas average.
  • The cost of living in Pasadena is 12% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Pasadena is 34% 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$63,667$5,306$1,485$1,910
Renters$30,901$2,575$721$927
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Pasadena, TX, all you must look at is the percentage of monthly income that should be spent on housing expenses, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). Generally speaking, no more than 28 percent of your total gross income should be spent on your housing expenses and not more than 36 percent of your gross income on total expenses, including debts. In Pasadena, TX, the median monthly income is $63,667 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,485 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $30,901, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $721 on monthly rental expenses.

Texas Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Texas6.25%8.25%

Texas Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Texas0%0%
The Texas sales tax and Texas income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Pasadena, TX. Sales taxes are taxes that are imposed onto goods and services sold. Sales taxes do vary by state and can range from no tax at all to upwards of 7%. The Texas sales tax is 6.25% and the maximum surtax is 8.25%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by the government. The income tax rates will vary by state and will also increase or decrease depending on the corresponding tax bracket. State income tax rates can range from anywhere from no tax at all to more than 9%. The Texas income tax rates range from 0% to 0%.

Goods & Services

ItemPasadenaNational 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

ItemPasadenaNational 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

ItemPasadenaNational 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

ItemPasadenaNational avg.Difference
Home Price $101,000.00$175,700.0042.5%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,024.25$1,133.239.6%
Apartment Rent $795.00$920.0013.6%

Transportation

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

Utilities

ItemPasadenaNational 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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

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%
Pasadena, TX152,17188-12%

Cities with similar population

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Rockford, IL151,29085-15%
Pomona, CA151,14212121%
Springfield, MA153,8361099%
Salinas, CA154,07713131%
Fort Collins, CO149,6271077%
Pasadena, TX152,17188-12%
Source: The Pasadena, TX cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.