Lamesa 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 index8491100
Goods & Services index10893100
Groceries index8891100
Health care index9396100
Housing index4283100
Transportation index10994100
Utilities index95100100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Lamesa, TX is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Lamesa, TX enjoy a cost of living index of 84. This index is 8% lower than the Texas average, and 16% lower than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Lamesa, TX, the average cost of goods and services is 16% higher than it is in Texas, and it is 8% higher than the national average.
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  • The cost of living in Lamesa is 8% lower than the Texas average.
  • The cost of living in Lamesa is 16% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Lamesa is 58% 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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If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Lamesa, TX, all you must look at 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 Lamesa, TX, the median monthly income is $47,368 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,105 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $27,346, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $638 on monthly rental expenses.

Texas Sales Tax

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

ItemLamesaNational avg.Difference
Haircut $16.56$16.092.9%
Beauty Salon $36.33$37.332.7%
Toothpaste $1.60$2.4534.5%
Shampoo $0.84$1.0016.0%
Movie $10.27$10.280.1%
Bowling $7.75$4.9357.1%


ItemLamesaNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.32$3.8012.6%
Fried Chicken $1.07$1.4023.2%
Milk $1.89$2.015.9%
Potatoes $1.96$3.0135.0%
Pizza $11.74$9.8918.8%
Beer $8.89$8.900.1%

Health Care

ItemLamesaNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $114.40$102.1612.0%
Doctor $86.67$108.3620.0%
Dentist $85.56$92.537.5%
Ibuprofen $8.64$9.286.8%
Lipitor $451.31$425.826.0%


ItemLamesaNational avg.Difference
Home Price $61,400.00$184,700.0066.8%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $903.39$1,202.4424.9%
Apartment Rent $596.00$949.0037.2%


ItemLamesaNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.15$2.244.1%
Tire Balancing $62.89$46.2935.9%


ItemLamesaNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$170.49$165.962.7%
Phone $24.95$28.6813.0%
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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Los Ybanez, TX151022%
Ackerly, TX11076-24%
Welch, TX19777-23%
Lamesa, TX9,36784-16%

Cities with similar population

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Bethalto, IL9,36491-9%
Bohemia, NY9,37214040%
Mount Airy, MD9,37613333%
Tomah, WI9,38087-13%
Merrill, WI9,35481-19%
Lamesa, TX9,36784-16%
Source: The Lamesa, TX cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2017.
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