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Overall 11%
Goods & Services 3%
Housing 36%
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Date & Last Updated: This data reflects 2022 and was released from C2ER in January, 2022; this is the most current data available.
The cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. For example, if the cost of living is 90, then it is 10% lower than average. If the cost of living is 110, then it is 10% higher than average. The breakdown for each index is as follows: goods & services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). If the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used.
IndexAbileneTexasNational
Cost of living8992100
Goods & Services9797100
Groceries9391100
Health care10295100
Housing6483100
Transportation10094100
Utilities110103100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Abilene is 4% lower than the Texas average
  • The cost of living in Abilene is 11% lower than the national average
  • Abilene housing is 36% 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$58,341$4,862$1,361$1,750
      Renters$32,334$2,695$754$970
      A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living in Abilene is by simply calculating the maximum that should be spent on housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The plan is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Abilene has a median income of about $58,341 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a maximum of $1,361 should be spent on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $32,334. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $754 on all rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

      Texas Sales Tax

      StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
      Texas6.25%8.25%

      Texas Income Tax

      StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
      Texas0%0%

      Goods & Services

      ItemAbileneNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $23.17$20.2714.3%
      Beauty Salon $41.56$40.392.9%
      Toothpaste $2.05$2.3613.0%
      Shampoo $1.07$1.080.3%
      Movie $11.07$10.990.8%
      Bowling $13.50$15.4912.9%

      Groceries

      ItemAbileneNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $4.25$4.301.1%
      Fried Chicken $1.14$1.4018.5%
      Milk $2.33$2.205.9%
      Potatoes $2.39$3.2225.7%
      Pizza $10.49$10.742.3%
      Beer $10.06$9.604.8%

      Health Care

      ItemAbileneNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $154.22$109.7340.6%
      Doctor $110.83$118.346.3%
      Dentist $106.72$100.945.7%
      Ibuprofen $9.99$9.930.6%
      Lipitor $392.64$469.5316.4%

      Housing

      ItemAbileneNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $101,500.00$184,700.0045.0%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $968.95$1,229.6221.2%
      Apartment Rent $816.00$949.0014.0%

      Transportation

      ItemAbileneNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.43$2.7110.3%
      Tire Balancing $61.29$51.8618.2%

      Utilities

      ItemAbileneNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$200.34$170.8417.3%
      Phone $188.86$187.180.9%
      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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      Impact, TX52991.0%
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      Clyde, TX3,7528712.7%
      Buffalo Gap, TX4688911.3%
      Abilene, TX122,6128911.4%

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      Hartford, CT124,3201055.4%
      Abilene, TX122,6128911.4%
      Source: This data reflects 2021 and was released from C2ER in January, 2022; this is the most current data available.