Overall 25%
Goods & Services 20%
Housing 48%
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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.
Cost of living7592100
Goods & Services8097100
Health care8095100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Brownsville is 18% lower than the Texas average
  • The cost of living in Brownsville is 25% lower than the national average
  • Brownsville housing is 48% 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

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      The percentage of monthly income spent on housing related expenses can help predict the affordability of housing in Brownsville, TX, as well as what the overall cost of living might be. 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 payments and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. In Brownsville, homeowners have a median income of $45,385. Using that number, a maximum of $1,059 per month should be allocated to housing expenses. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $19,418, which means there is a maximum of $453 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

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      Goods & Services

      ItemBrownsvilleNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $10.67$20.2747.4%
      Beauty Salon $25.00$40.3938.1%
      Toothpaste $1.05$2.3655.4%
      Shampoo $0.88$1.0818.2%
      Movie $11.42$10.993.9%
      Bowling $15.00$15.493.2%


      ItemBrownsvilleNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $3.52$4.3018.2%
      Fried Chicken $0.98$1.4030.0%
      Milk $1.72$2.2021.9%
      Potatoes $2.27$3.2229.5%
      Pizza $10.49$10.742.3%
      Beer $8.32$9.6013.4%

      Health Care

      ItemBrownsvilleNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $64.17$109.7341.5%
      Doctor $76.11$118.3435.7%
      Dentist $86.50$100.9414.3%
      Ibuprofen $8.18$9.9317.6%
      Lipitor $470.84$469.530.3%


      ItemBrownsvilleNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $83,800.00$184,700.0054.6%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $718.06$1,229.6241.6%
      Apartment Rent $644.00$949.0032.1%


      ItemBrownsvilleNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.32$2.7114.4%
      Tire Balancing $48.00$51.867.4%


      ItemBrownsvilleNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$194.71$170.8414.0%
      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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      CityPopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Lago, TX2338514.9%
      San Pedro, TX3768514.9%
      El Camino Angosto, TX3928514.9%
      Los Fresnos CDP, TX628514.9%
      Rancho Viejo CDP, TX2718514.9%
      Brownsville, TX182,1107524.8%

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      Worcester, MA183,67711413.6%
      Overland Park, KS183,7751011.1%
      Santa Clarita, CA180,30314343.4%
      Knoxville, TN183,9278218.1%
      Brownsville, TX182,1107524.8%
      Source: This data reflects 2021 and was released from C2ER in January, 2022; this is the most current data available.