Corpus Christi 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.
IndexCorpus ChristiTexasNational
Cost of living9191100
IndexCorpus ChristiTexasNational
Goods & Services9495100
Health care8397100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Corpus Christi is 1% lower than the Texas average
  • The cost of living in Corpus Christi is 9% lower than the national average
  • Corpus Christi housing is 26% 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)
      To approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Corpus Christi, TX, we can look at the percentage of income that is available to be spent on monthly housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). To stay on the safe side, a consumer should not spend more than 28% of his or her gross income on housing-related expenses and costs and not more than 36% of income on all expenses and debts. Homeowners in Corpus Christi have a median income of $67,813. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $1,582 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $36,417, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $850.

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      Goods & Services

      ItemCorpus ChristiNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $18.50$17.495.8%
      Beauty Salon $41.50$38.178.7%
      Toothpaste $1.79$2.3222.9%
      Shampoo $0.78$1.0122.9%
      Movie $8.35$10.7222.1%
      Bowling $14.50$13.864.6%


      ItemCorpus ChristiNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $3.84$3.901.5%
      Fried Chicken $0.96$1.4031.2%
      Milk $1.37$1.9630.2%
      Potatoes $2.63$3.1817.4%
      Pizza $10.49$10.390.9%
      Beer $9.10$9.231.4%

      Health Care

      ItemCorpus ChristiNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $134.50$106.3426.5%
      Doctor $86.25$115.2525.2%
      Dentist $66.75$98.3832.2%
      Ibuprofen $8.17$9.2611.8%
      Lipitor $490.24$466.475.1%


      ItemCorpus ChristiNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $118,900.00$184,700.0035.6%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $968.92$1,273.3223.9%
      Apartment Rent $920.00$949.003.1%


      ItemCorpus ChristiNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.28$2.5911.9%
      Tire Balancing $50.47$48.903.2%


      ItemCorpus ChristiNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$279.81$167.6066.9%
      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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      Country Acres, TX18098-2%
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      Taft Southwest, TX1,16379-21%
      Corpus Christi, TX320,05091-9%

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      Riverside, CA318,67812121%
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      Santa Ana, CA333,60513434%
      Pittsburgh, PA305,30591-9%
      Corpus Christi, TX320,05091-9%
      Source: The Corpus Christi, TX cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.