South Houston 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.
IndexSouth HoustonTexasNational
Cost of living index8590100
IndexSouth HoustonTexasNational
Goods & Services index10094100
Groceries index8789100
Health care index9195100
Housing index5681100
Transportation index9493100
Utilities index10795100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the South Houston, TX cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Texas and cities across the country, the cost of living index in South Houston, TX is 85, which is 5% lower than the Texas average and 15% 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 South Houston, TX are 6% higher than the average for Texas and equal to the rest of the country.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in South Houston is 5% lower than the Texas average.
  • The cost of living in South Houston is 15% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in South Houston is 44% 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 South Houston, 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 South Houston, TX, you have to earn a higher income in order to still have the same standard of living. To operate the South Houston, 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$47,423$3,952$1,106$1,423
Renters$26,719$2,227$623$802
One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in South Houston, 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 South Houston, TX have a median income of $47,423. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $1,106 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $26,719, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $623.

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 South Houston, 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

ItemSouth HoustonNational 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

ItemSouth HoustonNational 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

ItemSouth HoustonNational 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

ItemSouth HoustonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $78,200.00$175,700.0055.5%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,024.25$1,133.239.6%
Apartment Rent $754.00$920.0018.0%

Transportation

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

Utilities

ItemSouth HoustonNational 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%
Galena Park, TX11,09385-15%
Bacliff, TX8,60685-15%
Cloverleaf, TX23,73286-14%
South Houston, TX17,32385-15%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Wayne, MI17,31484-16%
New Philadelphia, OH17,33487-13%
Takoma Park, MD17,30714949%
Marion, IL17,35384-16%
Huntington, IN17,28481-19%
South Houston, TX17,32385-15%
Source: The South Houston, TX cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.