Merkel 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.
IndexMerkelTexasNational
Cost of living index7991100
IndexMerkelTexasNational
Goods & Services index9195100
Groceries index8790100
Health care index10797100
Housing index4583100
Transportation index9394100
Utilities index109102100
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  • The cost of living in Merkel is 13% lower than the Texas average.
  • The cost of living in Merkel is 21% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Merkel is 55% 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)
Owners$49,583$4,132$1,157$1,488
Renters$30,313$2,526$707$909

Texas Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Texas6.25%8.25%

Texas Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Texas0%0%

Goods & Services

ItemMerkelNational avg.Difference
Haircut $17.50$17.490.1%
Beauty Salon $41.75$38.179.4%
Toothpaste $2.33$2.320.4%
Shampoo $0.81$1.0120.0%
Movie $10.10$10.725.8%
Bowling $14.50$13.864.6%

Groceries

ItemMerkelNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.18$3.9018.5%
Fried Chicken $1.03$1.4026.2%
Milk $1.50$1.9623.6%
Potatoes $3.00$3.185.7%
Pizza $8.28$10.3920.3%
Beer $9.68$9.234.9%

Health Care

ItemMerkelNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $140.00$106.3431.7%
Doctor $121.60$115.255.5%
Dentist $98.50$98.380.1%
Ibuprofen $7.97$9.2613.9%
Lipitor $574.19$466.4723.1%

Housing

ItemMerkelNational avg.Difference
Home Price $56,700.00$184,700.0069.3%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,025.09$1,273.3219.5%
Apartment Rent $738.00$949.0022.2%

Transportation

ItemMerkelNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.46$2.595.2%
Tire Balancing $45.60$48.906.7%

Utilities

ItemMerkelNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$195.10$167.6016.4%
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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Trent, TX31879-21%
Tye, TX1,06379-21%
Hawley, TX72181-19%
Buffalo Gap, TX46885-15%
Merkel, TX2,61879-21%

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Surf City, NC2,61811414%
Oakland City, IN2,61983-17%
Geneva, FL2,6171099%
Lexington Hills, CA2,61719090%
State Line, PA2,61997-3%
Merkel, TX2,61879-21%
Source: The Merkel, TX cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.
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