Sweetwater 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 index8191100
Goods & Services index9793100
Groceries index10091100
Health care index10596100
Housing index3983100
Transportation index9094100
Utilities index109100100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Sweetwater, TX is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Sweetwater, TX enjoy a cost of living index of 81. This index is 11% lower than the Texas average, and 19% 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 Sweetwater, TX, the average cost of goods and services is 4% higher than it is in Texas, and it is 3% lower than the national average.
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  • The cost of living in Sweetwater is 11% lower than the Texas average.
  • The cost of living in Sweetwater is 19% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Sweetwater is 61% 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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The salary calculator is used in order to provide a comparison of your current salary in Sweetwater, TX to another city of your choice. The calculator will inform you of what your salary needs to be in any specific city in order for you to maintain your living standard based on what the city’s cost of living is. As an example, if you are seeking to move to a city that has a higher cost of living compared to Sweetwater, TX, you would have to earn a higher income to maintain a standard of living that is similar. To get started with the Sweetwater, TX salary calculator, input the new city’s name and then move the slider to indicate your current income. The salary calculator will now process the numbers and show you whether you need to earn more or less in the chosen city. A comprehensive breakdown of the cost of living will also be shown.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Sweetwater, 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 Sweetwater, TX, the median monthly income is $44,025 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,027 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $22,654, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $529 on monthly rental expenses.

Texas Sales Tax

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Texas Income Tax

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When assessing the complete cost of living in Sweetwater, TX, the Texas income tax and the Texas sales tax percentages should unquestionably be taken into consideration. Sales taxes aren't just levies imposed onto sold goods, but they also include taxes that are charged when services are provided for a fee. The rates are different from state to state and can run has high as 7 percent. Some states have no sales tax at all. The Texas maximum surtax is 8.25%, and the Texas sales tax is 6.25%. By contrast, income tax is an unfortunate obligation that is charged by the government against earnings. Just like sales taxes, the rates for income taxes differ from state to state. They also decrease or increase according to the individual's tax bracket. Tax rates can run as high as 9 percent, with a minimum of zero. Income tax rates range from 0% to 0% in Texas.

Goods & Services

ItemSweetwaterNational avg.Difference
Haircut $16.80$16.094.4%
Beauty Salon $40.10$37.337.4%
Toothpaste $2.85$2.4516.6%
Shampoo $0.89$1.0011.4%
Movie $9.12$10.2811.3%
Bowling $4.02$4.9318.6%


ItemSweetwaterNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.43$3.809.9%
Fried Chicken $1.22$1.4012.7%
Milk $1.69$2.0115.8%
Potatoes $3.54$3.0117.4%
Pizza $10.40$9.895.2%
Beer $8.65$8.902.7%

Health Care

ItemSweetwaterNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $138.37$102.1635.4%
Doctor $135.26$108.3624.8%
Dentist $83.83$92.539.4%
Ibuprofen $9.01$9.282.9%
Lipitor $403.67$425.825.2%


ItemSweetwaterNational avg.Difference
Home Price $53,700.00$184,700.0070.9%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,034.11$1,202.4414.0%
Apartment Rent $589.00$949.0037.9%


ItemSweetwaterNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.93$2.2414.2%
Tire Balancing $45.90$46.290.8%


ItemSweetwaterNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$212.43$165.9628.0%
Phone $24.99$28.6812.9%
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.
Roscoe, TX1,37682-18%
Sweetwater, TX10,76581-19%

Cities with similar population

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Waynesboro, PA10,76492-8%
Storm Lake, IA10,76882-18%
Vernon, TX10,76174-26%
Fort Madison, IA10,76979-21%
Waimea, HI10,77016060%
Sweetwater, TX10,76581-19%
Source: The Sweetwater, TX cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2017.
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