College Station cost of living index

Date & Last Updated: This data reflects 2019 and was released from C2ER in January, 2020; this is the most current data available.
The 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. The breakdown for each index is as follows: goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). In the event that the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used.
IndexCollege StationTexasNational
Cost of living9691100
IndexCollege StationTexasNational
Goods & Services9595100
Health care10797100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in College Station is 6% higher than the Texas average
  • The cost of living in College Station is 4% lower than the national average
  • College Station housing is 2% higher 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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      A good indicator of the general affordability of housing in College Station, TX, is the percentage of monthly income that should be spent on housing expenses, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). Generally speaking, no more than 28 percent of your total gross income should be spent on your housing expenses and not more than 36 percent of your gross income on total expenses, including debts. In College Station, the median monthly income is $89,380 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $2,085 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $23,099, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $539 on monthly rental expenses.

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      Goods & Services

      ItemCollege StationNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $20.00$17.4914.4%
      Beauty Salon $42.60$38.1711.6%
      Toothpaste $2.89$2.3224.5%
      Shampoo $0.97$1.014.1%
      Movie $12.88$10.7220.1%
      Bowling $15.50$13.8611.8%


      ItemCollege StationNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $3.62$3.907.2%
      Fried Chicken $0.94$1.4032.7%
      Milk $1.41$1.9628.1%
      Potatoes $2.40$3.1824.6%
      Pizza $8.99$10.3913.5%
      Beer $9.73$9.235.4%

      Health Care

      ItemCollege StationNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $93.75$106.3411.8%
      Doctor $125.25$115.258.7%
      Dentist $113.67$98.3815.5%
      Ibuprofen $8.24$9.2611.0%
      Lipitor $504.66$466.478.2%


      ItemCollege StationNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $192,700.00$184,700.004.3%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $962.76$1,273.3224.4%
      Apartment Rent $904.00$949.004.7%


      ItemCollege StationNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.34$2.599.9%
      Tire Balancing $46.40$48.905.1%


      ItemCollege StationNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$154.90$167.607.6%
      Phone $182.64$163.4211.8%
      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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      Lake Bryan, TX2,00082-18%
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      College Station, TX104,68496-4%

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      Burbank, CA104,58316363%
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      West Palm Beach, FL104,9781044%
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      Source: The College Station, TX cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.