Cost of Living in Austin

Cost of Living Index (Excl.Rent): 69.48
Rent Index: 49.97
Groceries Index: 66.40
Restaurants Index: 69.33
Cost of Living Plus Rent Index: 60.22
Local Purchasing Power: 132.46
Restaurants [ Edit ] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 12.00 $ 10.00-15.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 50.00 $ 40.00-65.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 7.00 $ 5.80-7.50
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 4.00 $ 3.00-5.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 5.00 $ 4.50-6.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.02 $ 3.50-5.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.69 $ 1.10-2.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.40 $ 1.00-2.00
Markets [ Edit ] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.24 $ 2.78-4.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.09 $ 1.40-2.50
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.49 $ 1.00-2.00
Eggs (12) 2.84 $ 2.00-3.69
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.34 $ 3.00-5.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 3.62 $ 2.50-5.00
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 4.79 $ 2.50-7.00
Apples (1 lb) 1.64 $ 1.00-2.40
Banana (1 lb) 0.52 $ 0.48-0.69
Oranges (1 lb) 1.53 $ 1.00-2.00
Tomato (1 lb) 1.56 $ 0.99-2.00
Potato (1 lb) 1.07 $ 0.88-1.50
Onion (1 lb) 1.01 $ 0.75-1.79
Lettuce (1 head) 1.44 $ 1.15-2.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.35 $ 1.00-1.99
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 13.50 $ 11.00-17.40
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.65 $ 1.00-2.50
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.50 $ 2.00-4.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 6.62 $ 6.00-7.00
Transportation [ Edit ] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.70 $ 1.25-2.50
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 41.25 $ 35.00-60.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4.00 $ 2.65-5.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.00 $ 2.00-3.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 35.00 $ 20.00-50.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 1.94 $ 1.75-2.20
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 21,000.00 $ 19,635.00-25,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 144.18 $ 100.00-200.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.23 $ 0.10-0.40
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 46.15 $ 30.00-60.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 37.54 $ 25.00-50.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 18.25 $ 10.50-25.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 11.00 $ 10.00-12.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 45.09 $ 35.00-50.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 36.43 $ 25.00-50.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 74.63 $ 60.00-89.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 108.33 $ 80.00-140.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,427.07 $ 1,100.00-1,800.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 961.14 $ 800.00-1,200.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,784.38 $ 2,000.00-3,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,732.05 $ 1,300.00-2,400.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 466.12 $ 400.00-500.00
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 175.00 $ 150.00-280.00
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (Net After Tax) 2,910.26 $ 2,000.00-4,000.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 3.84 3.50-4.25

Prices in Austin, Texas, United States

These data are based on 2134 entries in the past 18 months from 278 different contributors.
Last update: May, 2016
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Cost of living in Austin is 30.52% lower than in New York (Info)Our estimator (with default settings) estimate monthly expenses for a single person at 787.94$ and for four person family at 2,806.42$ (without rent).
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9 Comments so far
#Christina on Feb 20, 2016 :
I'm struggling to survive in Austin. Fortunately, I do not have a car note but my husband and I cannot afford to live on our own. We will always have to have a room mate. We don't have college degrees (just never went to school for fear of being in debt) and we make $12 an hour in a call center. Do not move here unless you can afford $1300-$1400 a month in a one bedroom for rent. It's awful.
#Suzanne on Aug 30, 2015 :
I am from Austin & was "run out" of Austin due to the very things being discussed. I have a Bachelor's of Fine Arts degree (from UT of course) & I got my teaching certificate there as well. I moved to Atlanta because I couldn't make it financially in Austin. What I mean by that is living at a minimum of "middle class" standards. However there isn't a middle class in Austin (or anywhere else practically) which has pushed out tons of true Austinites. After moving to Atlanta I got a Master's degree. Though the cost of living here is better as well as my salary, I am wanting to move home to be closer to family. I am now 50 & feel completely shut out & frankly, I'm disgusted about it. Shame on those destroying our beautiful state capital!!!
#michele on Jul 13, 2015 :
All above comments about high rent are true. Austin has a shortage of reasonably priced housing and is unlikely to get anywhere close to enough any time soon. Real estate developers are interested in appealing to those who have large incomes or large trust funds. The tech industry drives this town and other jobs are primarily in the service industries, paying minimum wage or slightly better. The city council declared $11.00/hr. a living wage about 18 months ago, Henry. Miami may have more expensive housing, but do they have a more diversified employment base so you could get a better paying job than here?

As a woman "of a certain age" fifth-generation Texan and long-term resident, I can confirm that this is not an age-friendly town. I can also confirm that you will be interviewed by someone half your age (or more) and they will treat you like you are "so retro" or just irrelevant. Tech companies are primarily run by 40-somethings with little to no management experience making many places badly managed with ever-changing standards and rules. This was once a place where liberal Texans could go and be at home. Now it is a town filled with transplants who think they know what Austin and Texas are about and who want all the latest and greatest expensive housing, restaurants, entertainment, and hip coffee joints.
#Henry Cotton on Jul 05, 2015 :
These statements are far from the truth I recently visited a city outside of Austin and I looked for apartments and found very nice places for really affordable prices for instance I found a one bedroom in a very nice community for 900 a month and a 2 bedroom 2 bath for 1280 if you think this is expensive try living in Miami.
#Tami on Jul 02, 2015 :
Fix your grammar and perhaps you will increase your employability.
#Diane on May 20, 2015 :
If you are over the age of 35 -- do not move here
If you do not have a bachelor's degree -- do not move here
If you are over the age of 35 unemployed with no bachelor's degree do not move here, they do not want you and you will not be able to find a job.
Most of your interviews are going to be across some 23 year old with a temp agency. Beware most of these are scams and they do not have jobs to fill.
The going rate for rent is 1 bedroom 1014.00, that is not in the city, it is actually 11 miles outside of the city. Food is not expensive but everything is taxed. Your electric bill will be the same amount of tax as your usage. If you use $45.00 worth of electric, your tax on that will be approximately $40.00= $85.00.

This is a young town. The average person is 18-34. They drive lexus, audie, and infinitis. If you are a senior citizen, keep moving they dont want you.
#Ellen on Dec 14, 2014 :
I agree with Anon. The "Rent Per Month" is a lie. The lowest price I could find within the city limits for a "1 Bedroom" was no less than $1,200. An "Efficiency", essentially a no bedroom apartment, would be the only option for under $1,000.
#Cynthia on Nov 23, 2014 :
What would rent be for a single senior. Maybe in a subsidized assisted living facility. Phone no. 931-980-2647
#kenny on Aug 16, 2014 :
Very democratic influence clear in comparison with L.A. cost of living. Austins got alot of californians. They saved their money for years out there and can get more for their money here; only maybe not so much anymore since the frame of mind came down here with them. Who cares about the cost of a cappucino? Thats not texan. Thats just pansy. Get a coffee, not a caffienated milk. Jeez.

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