Arlington 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.
Cost of living index9391100
Goods & Services index9695100
Groceries index9390100
Health care index10297100
Housing index8183100
Transportation index10094100
Utilities index107102100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Arlington, TX. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Arlington, TX being 93, that puts it 2% higher than the average of Texas and 7% lower than our nation's average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city's goods. In the case of Arlington, TX, the price of goods and services are 1% higher than the average of Texas as well as 4% lower than the nation's average.
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  • The cost of living in Arlington is 2% higher than the Texas average.
  • The cost of living in Arlington is 7% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Arlington is 19% 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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The salary calculator is meant to help you compare your salary in Arlington, TX to your potential earning power in another city. This can help you deduce what your salary would need to be in any given city in order for you to live the same lifestyle that you do in your current city. In other words, if you plan on moving to a city where the cost of living is higher than in Arlington, TX, you'll have to make more money in the new city in order to maintain the lifestyle you currently enjoy. To use the Arlington, TX salary calculator, simply input the new city, then move the adjustable slider to match your current income. Once you've selected your income, the calculator will determine if that income is sufficient to support your standard of living in the new city you entered. The calculator will also supply you with a rundown of living costs in the new city.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living is by simply calculating the maximum that a person should spend on housing in Arlington, TX, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The safest way to live in the city is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income that one earns on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Arlington, TX has a median income of about $75,933 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,772 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $34,446. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $804 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

Texas Sales Tax

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Texas Income Tax

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When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Arlington, TX, it's important to take into account the sales tax for Texas, as well as the rate for income tax in Texas. Goods and services sold to consumers in any state have some form of sales tax. Each state has its own tax code, which means that sales tax rates vary from state to state, ranging from over 7% in some states to as low as 0% in others. The maximum surtax for Texas is 8.25%, and the sales tax in the state of Texas is 6.25%. Alternatively, the tax imposed on your income by the state government is known as income tax. The rate for this tax also varies from state to state, and your rate is affected by your tax bracket, which is determined by your level of income. Income tax rates might be as high as 9%, down to as low as 0%. The range for income tax rates in Texas starts from 0% and goes up to 0%.

Goods & Services

ItemArlingtonNational avg.Difference
Haircut $23.71$17.4935.6%
Beauty Salon $47.33$38.1724.0%
Toothpaste $2.82$2.3221.5%
Shampoo $1.03$1.011.8%
Movie $10.29$10.724.0%
Bowling $20.60$13.8648.6%


ItemArlingtonNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.82$3.9023.6%
Fried Chicken $1.53$1.409.6%
Milk $1.45$1.9626.1%
Potatoes $2.57$3.1819.3%
Pizza $8.12$10.3921.9%
Beer $8.98$9.232.7%

Health Care

ItemArlingtonNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $101.60$106.344.5%
Doctor $107.10$115.257.1%
Dentist $107.40$98.389.2%
Ibuprofen $10.30$9.2611.2%
Lipitor $465.03$466.470.3%


ItemArlingtonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $137,900.00$184,700.0025.3%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $951.15$1,273.3225.3%
Apartment Rent $896.00$949.005.6%


ItemArlingtonNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.50$2.593.6%
Tire Balancing $54.00$48.9010.4%


ItemArlingtonNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$188.08$167.6012.2%
Phone $181.89$163.4211.3%
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.
Horseshoe Bend, TX74880-20%
Cockrell Hill, TX4,30191-9%
Everman, TX6,31286-14%
Haltom City, TX43,86487-13%
Forest Hill, TX12,77488-12%
Arlington, TX383,89993-7%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
New Orleans, LA382,9221000%
Wichita, KS388,03390-10%
Cleveland, OH389,16585-15%
Tulsa, OK399,90687-13%
Bakersfield, CA367,55511616%
Arlington, TX383,89993-7%
Source: The Arlington, TX cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.
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