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Cost of Living in Austin, TX, United States

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Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): 73.36
Rent Index: 45.73
Groceries Index: 75.25
Restaurants Index: 70.51
Consumer Price Plus Rent Index: 59.62
Local Purchasing Power: 145.82

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Restaurants [Edit] Avg.
Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 12.00 $
10.00
15.00
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 50.00 $
35.00
60.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 6.50 $
5.00
7.50
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 3.00 $
2.50
4.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 5.00 $
4.00
6.00
Cappuccino (regular) 3.80 $
3.00
4.00
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 1.72 $
1.50
2.00
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 1.31 $
1.00
1.59
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 4.29 $
3.50
7.57
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.97 $
1.81
2.25
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.36 $
0.95
2.00
Eggs (12) 2.50 $
2.00
3.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.61 $
3.00
6.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 3.94 $
3.00
5.00
Apples (1 lb) 1.88 $
1.00
2.39
Oranges (1 lb) 1.44 $
1.00
2.00
Tomato (1 lb) 1.83 $
0.91
2.99
Potato (1 lb) 1.25 $
0.75
2.00
Lettuce (1 head) 1.78 $
1.50
2.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.46 $
1.00
2.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 $
12.00
18.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.41 $
1.10
1.75
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 2.23 $
1.40
3.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 6.50 $
6.00
7.00
Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.38 $
1.00
1.75
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 37.50 $
33.00
41.25
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.38 $
3.00
3.75
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.00 $
2.00
2.00
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 32.00 $
30.00
50.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2.41 $
1.97
3.20
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 20,000.00 $
20,000.00
24,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 153.11 $
108.65
228.73
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.37 $
0.30
0.50
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 37.75 $
30.00
50.00
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 40.11 $
30.00
55.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 20.00 $
15.00
25.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 10.00 $
9.00
12.00
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 43.12 $
30.00
50.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 38.22 $
20.00
50.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 76.88 $
60.00
100.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 100.71 $
80.00
120.00
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,487.82 $
1,200.00
1,700.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 905.00 $
800.00
1,100.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,720.56 $
2,000.00
3,200.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,525.00 $
1,200.00
2,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 400.00 $
350.00
500.00
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 140.00 $
130.00
150.00
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 2,858.67 $
1,800.00
4,000.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 4.32
4.00
5.00

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Last update: July, 2015

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8 Comments so far

#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.
#Anonymous on Feb 01, 2012 :
Your"Rent Per Month"is not based on square footage. So say for example if you live in an 800 sq.ft. apt and want the same size in Tokyo you'll be paying A LOT more. Or you'd get 250 sq.ft.in Tokyo for the same price. That makes the "one bedroom" rule completely unfair.

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