Rio Grande City 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.
IndexRio Grande CityTexasNational
Cost of living index7190100
IndexRio Grande CityTexasNational
Goods & Services index7694100
Groceries index8289100
Health care index7695100
Housing index4981100
Transportation index8293100
Utilities index9195100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Rio Grande City, TX cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Texas and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Rio Grande City, TX is 71, which is 21% lower than the Texas average and 29% lower than that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in Rio Grande City, TX are 19% lower than the average for Texas and 24% lower than the rest of the country.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Rio Grande City is 21% lower than the Texas average.
  • The cost of living in Rio Grande City is 29% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Rio Grande City is 51% 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$46,296$3,858$1,080$1,389
Renters$20,269$1,689$473$608
The affordability of the housing market in Rio Grande City, TX as well as the overall cost of living can be indicated accurately by what percent of the monthly income is spent on housing related costs. This is konwn as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The overall rule of thumb is that no more than 28% of your gross income should ever be used on the overall costs related to housing and no more than 36% of gross income on all expenses and debts. Among Rio Grande City, TX homeowners, the median income is $46,296. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,080 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $20,269. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $473 used for their rent related monthly costs.

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 Rio Grande City, 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

ItemRio Grande CityNational avg.Difference
Haircut $12.50$15.5619.7%
Beauty Salon $25.00$36.1130.8%
Toothpaste $1.93$2.4722.1%
Shampoo $0.84$0.9613.0%
Movie $10.25$10.131.2%
Bowling $4.25$4.7410.2%

Groceries

ItemRio Grande CityNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $2.73$3.9831.5%
Fried Chicken $1.06$1.4124.9%
Milk $1.96$2.065.0%
Potatoes $1.77$2.9840.5%
Pizza $8.00$9.4715.6%
Beer $8.18$8.797.0%

Health Care

ItemRio Grande CityNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $78.61$101.0422.2%
Doctor $62.78$107.4441.6%
Dentist $64.22$90.4229.0%
Ibuprofen $7.97$9.2814.1%
Lipitor $438.49$426.502.8%

Housing

ItemRio Grande CityNational avg.Difference
Home Price $80,400.00$175,700.0054.2%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $778.67$1,133.2331.3%
Apartment Rent $518.00$920.0043.7%

Transportation

ItemRio Grande CityNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.76$1.9911.7%
Tire Balancing $30.39$45.7633.6%

Utilities

ItemRio Grande CityNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$173.84$163.816.1%
Phone $19.99$28.3929.6%
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.

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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Regino Ramirez, TX8380-20%
Benjamin Perez, TX080-20%
La Casita, TX080-20%
Narciso Pena, TX080-20%
El Brazil, TX5980-20%
Rio Grande City, TX14,03371-29%

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Rio Grande City, TX14,03371-29%
Source: The Rio Grande City, TX cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.