Sparks 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.
IndexSparksTexasNational
Cost of living index7790100
IndexSparksTexasNational
Goods & Services index8794100
Groceries index10689100
Health care index9695100
Housing index3981100
Transportation index10393100
Utilities index9295100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Sparks, TX cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Sparks, TX is 77, which is 14% lower than the Texas average and 23% lower than the national average. The cost of living index is created from the following categories: goods/services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). As you can see, goods/services and housing make up the majority of the overall cost of living index. Everyday goods and services can be a good indicator of the general cost of goods in a given city. In this case, the goods and services in Sparks, TX are 8% lower than the Texas average and 13% lower than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Sparks is 14% lower than the Texas average.
  • The cost of living in Sparks is 23% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Sparks is 61% 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$26,705$2,225$623$801
Renters$15,945$1,329$372$478
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Sparks, TX, as well as what the average cost of living is. Generally, a good rule to follow is that the debt-to-income (DTI) level you want to maintain is 28 percent or less of your income on your rent or mortgage payment and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. In Sparks, TX homeowners have a median income of $26,705. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $623 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $15,945, which means there is a maximum of $372 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

Texas Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Texas6.25%8.25%

Texas Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Texas0%0%
When you are determining the total cost of living in Sparks, 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

ItemSparksNational avg.Difference
Haircut $13.21$15.5615.1%
Beauty Salon $28.88$36.1120.0%
Toothpaste $2.12$2.4714.1%
Shampoo $0.92$0.964.7%
Movie $9.82$10.133.0%
Bowling $3.54$4.7425.2%

Groceries

ItemSparksNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.24$3.986.3%
Fried Chicken $1.38$1.411.9%
Milk $2.10$2.061.8%
Potatoes $2.91$2.982.4%
Pizza $8.66$9.478.6%
Beer $9.14$8.793.9%

Health Care

ItemSparksNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $73.38$101.0427.4%
Doctor $88.89$107.4417.3%
Dentist $93.97$90.423.9%
Ibuprofen $9.65$9.284.0%
Lipitor $435.07$426.502.0%

Housing

ItemSparksNational avg.Difference
Home Price $52,200.00$175,700.0070.3%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $825.41$1,133.2327.2%
Apartment Rent $546.00$920.0040.7%

Transportation

ItemSparksNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.90$1.994.8%
Tire Balancing $54.65$45.7619.4%

Utilities

ItemSparksNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$147.58$163.819.9%
Phone $26.95$28.395.1%
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.
Butterfield, TX14775-25%
Morning Glory, TX44376-24%
Agua Dulce, TX2,92676-24%
Fabens, TX8,28278-22%
San Elizario, TX14,36078-22%
Sparks, TX3,85077-23%

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Sparks, TX3,85077-23%
Source: The Sparks, TX cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.