Brownsville 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 index7891100
Goods & Services index8493100
Groceries index8891100
Health care index8996100
Housing index5283100
Transportation index10294100
Utilities index91100100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Brownsville, TX is shown above. Compared to the state average of Texas the cost of living index in Brownsville, TX is 78, which is 14% lower than the average in Texas and compared to the national average it is 22% lower than. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Brownsville, TX goods and services come in at 10% lower than the average in Texas and are 16% lower than compared to the nationwide average.

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  • The cost of living in Brownsville is 14% lower than the Texas average.
  • The cost of living in Brownsville is 22% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Brownsville 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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How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Brownsville, 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 Brownsville, TX homeowners have a median income of $45,385. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $1,059 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. 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.

Texas Sales Tax

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Texas Income Tax

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When you are determining the total cost of living in Brownsville, 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

ItemBrownsvilleNational avg.Difference
Haircut $14.12$16.0912.2%
Beauty Salon $42.68$37.3314.3%
Toothpaste $2.24$2.458.5%
Shampoo $0.78$1.0022.5%
Movie $10.47$10.281.9%
Bowling $4.23$4.9314.3%


ItemBrownsvilleNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.62$3.804.8%
Fried Chicken $1.02$1.4026.9%
Milk $2.03$2.011.1%
Potatoes $2.25$3.0125.4%
Pizza $8.85$9.8910.5%
Beer $8.38$8.905.8%

Health Care

ItemBrownsvilleNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $69.27$102.1632.2%
Doctor $76.93$108.3629.0%
Dentist $86.26$92.536.8%
Ibuprofen $8.71$9.286.1%
Lipitor $462.77$425.828.7%


ItemBrownsvilleNational avg.Difference
Home Price $83,800.00$184,700.0054.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $936.12$1,202.4422.1%
Apartment Rent $644.00$949.0032.1%


ItemBrownsvilleNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.07$2.247.8%
Tire Balancing $56.17$46.2921.3%


ItemBrownsvilleNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$116.83$165.9629.6%
Phone $33.26$28.6816.0%
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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Del Mar Heights, TX26589-11%
Lago, TX23383-17%
Rangerville, TX4483-17%
El Camino Angosto, TX39283-17%
Brownsville, TX182,11078-22%

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Source: The Brownsville, TX cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2017.