Overall 20%
Goods & Services 3%
Housing 70%
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The cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. For example, if the cost of living is 90, then it is 10% lower than average. If the cost of living is 110, then it is 10% higher than average. The breakdown for each index is as follows: goods & services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). If the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used.
IndexThe WoodlandsTexasNational
Cost of living12092100
Goods & Services10397100
Health care10995100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in The Woodlands is 31% higher than the Texas average
  • The cost of living in The Woodlands is 20% higher than the national average
  • The Woodlands housing is 70% higher 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 The Woodlands, 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 The Woodlands homeowners, is $130,986. This would allow for a maximum of $3,056 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $56,370 which would result in a maximum of $1,315 to be spent on rental costs.

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      Goods & Services

      ItemThe WoodlandsNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $19.25$20.275.0%
      Beauty Salon $47.25$40.3917.0%
      Toothpaste $2.34$2.360.8%
      Shampoo $1.01$1.085.9%
      Movie $10.93$10.990.5%
      Bowling $15.00$15.493.2%


      ItemThe WoodlandsNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $4.30$4.300.1%
      Fried Chicken $1.20$1.4014.0%
      Milk $2.27$2.202.9%
      Potatoes $2.55$3.2220.7%
      Pizza $10.70$10.740.4%
      Beer $9.52$9.600.8%

      Health Care

      ItemThe WoodlandsNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $89.33$109.7318.6%
      Doctor $118.75$118.340.3%
      Dentist $127.17$100.9426.0%
      Ibuprofen $10.60$9.936.7%
      Lipitor $485.24$469.533.3%


      ItemThe WoodlandsNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $329,800.00$184,700.0078.6%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $891.08$1,229.6227.5%
      Apartment Rent $1,423.00$949.0049.9%


      ItemThe WoodlandsNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.34$2.7113.6%
      Tire Balancing $51.43$51.860.8%


      ItemThe WoodlandsNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$160.54$170.846.0%
      Phone $188.86$187.180.9%
      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.

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      Indian Springs, TX7607722.7%
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      Humble, TX15,569919.3%
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      The Woodlands, TX108,37312020.4%

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      The Woodlands, TX108,37312020.4%
      Source: This data reflects 2021 and was released from C2ER in January, 2022; this is the most current data available.