How Much Does to Live in Texas?

How Much Does It Cost to Live in Texas?

What is the average cost of living in Texas? 

 

The average cost of living in Texas is $2,520.58 per month.

Texas is the second-largest state in the U.S. by area. The state has vast landscapes to build a home and has a healthy job market. From Dallas to Austin, there are plenty of great cities to grow a career in. Residents also enjoy a low cost of living in Texas.

Texas has half a dozen top-performing sports teams, mouth-watering food and cultural attractions, including the Alamo in San Antonio and the Space Center in Houston. Moving to Texas also means being surrounded by some of the friendliest people in the country, so you’ll feel welcome on Texas grounds.  

According to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Texas saw an 8.8% annual employment growth rate in September 2021. According to Numbeo.com, the rent for a 1-bedroom apartment in Texas is $1,810.72.

In this article, we will cover everything you need to know about the cost of living in Texas. So let us take a look!

(*Numbeo, Sofi, Smart Asset & Moving.com)

Cost of living in Texas- 2022

Housing cost in Texas

No matter where you live, one of your most significant ongoing expenses will be paying for housing. House prices in Texas are well below the national average. According to U.S Census data, Texas has more than 11 million housing units, and you will find plenty of places to live in Texas.

Below is the list of how much rent costs per month in some famous cities in Texas:

CITY

STUDIO

1 BEDROOM

2 BEDROOM

3 BEDROOM

4 BEDROOM

DALLAS

$1,375

$1,324

$1,585

$1,808

$2,031

HOUSTON

$1,437

$1,447

$1,969

$2,421

$2,950

SAN ANTONIO

$1,088

$1,129

$1,415

$1,791

$2,102

AUSTIN

$1,300

$1,627

$2,040

$2,461

$2,855

EL PASO

$796

$883

$1,110

$1,500

$1,818

Below is the list of the housing costs to buy an apartment in some famous cities in Texas:

APARTMENT

PRICE PER SQUARE METER

Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Center

$306.10

Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Center

$154.77

 

CITY

MEDIAN COST 

DALLAS

$326,597

HOUSTON

$267,794

SAN ANTONIO

$260,466

AUSTIN

$520,898

EL PASO

$170,463

Housing prices vary throughout the state greatly depending on the location. 


(*Numbeo, Sofi & Zumper)

What is the average rent cost for a 1-bedroom apartment in Texas?

The median rent for a 1-bedroom apartment in the city is $1,810.72 per month.

Utility cost in Texas: Internet, electricity & water

Whether you own a house or pay rent, you must cover the utility cost. Texas‘s utility costs are pretty much the same as the national average. And since it gets hot in Texas, one must have enough budget for the air conditioners. 

The average basic utility package that includes heating, electricity, water, and garbage in some famous cities of Texas is as follows:

UTILITIES

COST PER MONTH IN DIFFERENT CITIES IN TEXAS

 

DALLAS

HOUSTON

SAN ANTONIO

AUSTIN

EL PASO

Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment

$159.98

$148.15

$199.90

$145.36

$191.36

Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)

$69.92

$63.45

$71.01

$63.80

$64.38

(*Sofi, Apartmentlist.com, Smart Asset & Texas Moving USA)

What is the average cost of utilities in Texas?

 

The average cost of utilities (Internet, electricity & water) in Texas is $199.55 per month. 

Grocery cost in Texas

Food is another everyday expense that significantly impacts the overall cost of living in an area. Data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows that the cost of food varies from state to state.  

GROCERY

COST PER MONTH IN DIFFERENT CITIES OF TEXAS

 

DALLAS

HOUSTON

SAN ANTONIO

AUSTIN

EL PASO

Milk (regular), (1 gallon)

$3.22

$3.24

$3.62

$3.95

$2.77

Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb)

$2.69

$2.62

$2.07

$2.27

$1.76

Rice (white), (1 lb)

$1.72

$1.46

$1.06

$1.44

$1.33

Eggs (regular) (12)

$2.80

$2.99

$2.78

$3.35

$2.71

Local Cheese (1 lb) 

$4.52

$5.22

$5.33

$6.52

$5.62

Chicken Filets (1 lb)

$4.95

$3.55

$3.97

$5.48

$2.63

Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat)

$7.32

$6.17

$6.00

$6.28

$5.78

Apples (1 lb)

$1.95

$2.01

$1.57

$2.11

$1.49

Banana (1 lb)

$0.93

$0.55

$0.60

$0.70

$0.62

Oranges (1 lb)

$1.94

$1.56

$1.28

$1.63

$1.38

Tomato (1 lb)

$1.69

$1.52

$1.27

$1.37

$1.15

Potato (1 lb)

$1.49

$0.92

$0.73

$1.18

$0.69

Onion (1 lb)

$1.34

$0.99

$0.98

$0.95

$0.72

Lettuce (1 head)

$1.61

$1.64

$1.36

$1.56

$1.17

Water (1.5-litre bottle)

$2.15

$1.84

$1.38

$2.18

$1.47

Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range)

$12.00

$12.00

$12.99

$15.00

$10.00

Domestic Beer (0.5-liter bottle)

$2.95

$2.98

$2.40

$3.20

$1.50

Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle)

$3.36

$3.16

$2.29

$2.89

$2.12

However, the food costs may vary depending on your area.

(*Numbeo & Upnest)

What is the average cost of groceries for 1 person in Texas?

 

The average cost of groceries for 1 person in Texas is $264.75 per month.

Public transport in Texas

Public transportation in Texas is not well organized except for Dallas and Austin. As a result, most people own a car. Owning a car in Texas is not quite expensive, but it is not cheaper either

Below is the list of public transport cost comparisons between some famous cities in Texas:

TRANSPORTATION

COST PER MONTH IN DIFFERENT CITIES IN TEXAS

 

DALLAS

HOUSTON

SAN ANTONIO

AUSTIN

EL PASO

MetroCards costs (single ride)

$3.00

$1.25

$1.50

$1.25

$1.50

MetroCards Cost (Per Month)

$96.00

$40.00

$38.00

$42.00

$41.50

Taxi Start (Normal Tariff)

$2.60

$2.95

$2.75

$2.50

$1.65

Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff)

$1.80

$4.50

$2.45

$2.50

$2.25

Gasoline (1 Gallon)

$4.63

$4.17

$4.17

$4.39

$4.28


(*Numbeo & Transportation.gov)

What is the Texas Metro monthly pass price?

 

The Texas average Metro monthly pass price is $51.50 in 2022. 

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Entertainment costs in Texas

Texas entertains everyone with delicious food variety, beautiful parks, and cultural attractions. The state offers plenty of activities for sports enthusiasts as well. Texas is also a beautiful place to listen to country music with its capital, Austin, TX, being known as the Live Music Capital of the World.  

ENTERTAINMENT

COSTS IN DIFFERENT CITIES IN TEXAS

 

DALLAS

HOUSTON

SAN ANTONIO

AUSTIN

EL PASO

Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant

$20.00

$23.00

$15.00

$16.00

$11.46

Taxi 1-hour Waiting (Normal Tariff)

$25.50

$42.75

$24.00

$32.50

$14.00

Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat

$12.50

$14.00

$13.00

$13.25

$10.74

(*Numbeo & Apartmentlist.com)

What is the average cost of entertainment in Texas?

 

The average cost of entertainment in Texas is $55 per month. 

Healthcare costs in Texas

Healthcare is an essential expense. Therefore, we always include healthcare costs in our budget when moving to any place. Health insurance costs in Texas will vary greatly depending on your health, medication costs, whether you rely on employer-provided or personal health insurance, and the number of individuals in your household.

The healthcare costs in Texas are as follows:

HEALTHCARE

COST

Employer-Sponsored Healthcare for one person per month

$575

Employer-Sponsored Healthcare for a family of four per month

$1,839

Non-Employer-Sponsored Healthcare for one person

$520

Non-Employer-Sponsored Healthcare Couple with at least one child

$1,352

Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult

$44.28


(*Numbeo & Valuepeguin.com)

What is the average cost of a gym membership in Texas?

 

The average cost of a gym membership in Texas is $44.28 per month. 

Sales tax in Texas

Texas has no state income tax, as noted by the Tax Foundation’s State Individual Income Tax Rates and Brackets for 2021. However, the Lone Star State sales tax ranges from 6.25% to 8.25%, and the average effective property tax rate in Texas is between 1.86% to 2.00%.

(*Sofi & Smart Asset)

Conclusion

Moving to Texas is not so challenging because the cost of living in Texas is affordable. And, if budgeted rightly, you can live in Texas in no time. But first, calculate the average cost of living in Texas, as mentioned in the table below:

Average monthly cost of living in Texas

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Category

Description

Cost

Housing

Average rent price for a 1 bedroom apartment + Employer-Sponsored Healthcare for one person + Average utilities cost

$1,324 + $575 + $139.55

Transportation

Metro Pass (1 month)

$ 58.00

Food

Average grocery cost per person per month

$264.75

Internet

Internet (60 MPs or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)

$60.00

Entertainment (for 1 time only)

Meal Inexpensive restaurant + Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat + Taxi 1-hour Waiting

$20.00 + $12.00 + $23.00

Health and Fitness

Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult

$44.28

Total

Sum

$2,520.58

Note: The cost mentioned above may vary; for instance, if you are living with someone, your cost will be considerably low. Also, if you have a family, you will need to add the cost of each family member. Finally, the price may also vary depending upon the area you select to live in.

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