Port Lavaca 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.
IndexPort LavacaTexasNational
Cost of living index7791100
IndexPort LavacaTexasNational
Goods & Services index8693100
Groceries index8391100
Health care index10196100
Housing index5783100
Transportation index9394100
Utilities index72100100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Port Lavaca, TX is displayed above. In Port Lavaca, TX, the overall cost of living index is 77, which is 15% lower than the Texas average and 23% lower than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Port Lavaca, TX, the city's goods and services are 8% lower than the Texas average and 14% lower than the U.S. average.
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  • The cost of living in Port Lavaca is 15% lower than the Texas average.
  • The cost of living in Port Lavaca is 23% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Port Lavaca is 43% 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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The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Port Lavaca, TX as well as the overall cost of living. As a general rule of thumb, the debt-to-income ratio (DTI) for homeowners or renters should be not more than 28 percent of gross income to be spent on housing related costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses, including debts. The median income for Port Lavaca, TX homeowners, is $56,806. This would allow for a maximum of $1,325 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $31,195 which would result in a maximum of $728 to be spent on rental costs.

Texas Sales Tax

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When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Port Lavaca, TX, it's important to take into account the sales tax for Texas, as well as the rate for income tax in Texas. Goods and services sold to consumers in any state have some form of sales tax. Each state has its own tax code, which means that sales tax rates vary from state to state, ranging from over 7% in some states to as low as 0% in others. The maximum surtax for Texas is 8.25%, and the sales tax in the state of Texas is 6.25%. Alternatively, the tax imposed on your income by the state government is known as income tax. The rate for this tax also varies from state to state, and your rate is affected by your tax bracket, which is determined by your level of income. Income tax rates might be as high as 9%, down to as low as 0%. The range for income tax rates in Texas starts from 0% and goes up to 0%.

Goods & Services

ItemPort LavacaNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.40$16.094.3%
Beauty Salon $33.50$37.3310.3%
Toothpaste $1.86$2.4523.9%
Shampoo $0.78$1.0022.0%
Movie $7.69$10.2825.2%
Bowling $3.92$4.9320.5%


ItemPort LavacaNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.36$3.8011.7%
Fried Chicken $0.99$1.4029.4%
Milk $1.47$2.0126.6%
Potatoes $1.83$3.0139.3%
Pizza $8.32$9.8915.8%
Beer $8.77$8.901.5%

Health Care

ItemPort LavacaNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $102.00$102.160.2%
Doctor $110.52$108.362.0%
Dentist $96.61$92.534.4%
Ibuprofen $8.11$9.2812.6%
Lipitor $431.50$425.821.3%


ItemPort LavacaNational avg.Difference
Home Price $90,400.00$184,700.0051.1%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,022.22$1,202.4415.0%
Apartment Rent $711.00$949.0025.1%


ItemPort LavacaNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.02$2.2410.2%
Tire Balancing $46.75$46.291.0%


ItemPort LavacaNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$131.84$165.9620.6%
Phone $18.33$28.6836.1%
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.
Vanderbilt, TX56570-30%
Placedo, TX79681-19%
Lolita, TX68273-27%
Seadrift, TX1,57487-13%
Point Comfort, TX76279-21%
Port Lavaca, TX12,37477-23%

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Port Lavaca, TX12,37477-23%
Source: The Port Lavaca, TX cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2017.
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