Cost of Living Comparison Between Austin, TX and Houston, TX 

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Cost of Living in Houston, TX is 3.3% lower than in Austin, TX (without rent)
Cost of Living Including Rent in Houston, TX is 13.5% lower than in Austin, TX
Rent Prices in Houston, TX are 27.2% lower than in Austin, TX
Restaurant Prices in Houston, TX are 10.7% lower than in Austin, TX
Groceries Prices in Houston, TX are 4.2% lower than in Austin, TX
Local Purchasing Power in Houston, TX is 2.9% lower than in Austin, TX
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Restaurants
Austin, TX Edit Houston, TX Edit Difference
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 17.99 $ 15.75 $      -12.5 %
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 80.00 $ 71.39 $      -10.8 %
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 10.00 $ 9.12 $      -8.8 %
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 6.00 $ 5.00 $      -16.7 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 8.00 $ 7.00 $      -12.5 %
Cappuccino (regular) 5.31 $ 5.21 $      -1.8 %
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.67 $ 2.39 $      -10.6 %
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.15 $ 1.85 $      -14.2 %
Markets
Austin, TX Edit Houston, TX Edit
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.94 $ 3.44 $      -12.8 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 3.23 $ 2.75 $      -15.0 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.33 $ 1.45 $      +9.1 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 3.40 $ 3.49 $      +2.6 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 6.18 $ 5.75 $      -6.9 %
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 5.26 $ 5.03 $      -4.2 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 6.68 $ 7.34 $      +9.9 %
Apples (1 lb) 2.51 $ 2.07 $      -17.4 %
Banana (1 lb) 0.71 $ 0.60 $      -14.9 %
Oranges (1 lb) 1.95 $ 1.62 $      -16.8 %
Tomato (1 lb) 1.63 $ 1.27 $      -22.1 %
Potato (1 lb) 1.25 $ 1.27 $      +1.7 %
Onion (1 lb) 1.26 $ 1.07 $      -15.1 %
Lettuce (1 head) 1.92 $ 1.76 $      -8.6 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.01 $ 2.31 $      +15.2 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 $ 15.00 $      0.0 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.07 $ 1.86 $      -10.2 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.20 $ 3.40 $      +6.3 %
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 8.00 $ 9.00 $      +12.5 %
Transportation
Austin, TX Edit Houston, TX Edit
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.50 $ 1.25 $      -16.7 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 45.00 $ 75.00 $      +66.7 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.25 $ 4.25 $      +30.8 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.75 $ 3.00 $      +9.1 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 35.00 $ 30.00 $      -14.3 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 3.08 $ 3.10 $      +0.8 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 33,000.00 $ 36,278.39 $      +9.9 %
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 25,824.23 $ 26,651.29 $      +3.2 %
Utilities (Monthly)
Austin, TX Edit Houston, TX Edit
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 164.11 $ 196.63 $      +19.8 %
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 60.20 $ 57.63 $      -4.3 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 64.07 $ 69.12 $      +7.9 %
Sports And Leisure
Austin, TX Edit Houston, TX Edit
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 55.33 $ 39.40 $      -28.8 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 17.50 $ 13.00 $      -25.7 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 15.00 $ 15.00 $      0.0 %
Childcare
Austin, TX Edit Houston, TX Edit
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,458.50 $ 1,367.18 $      -6.3 %
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 21,625.00 $ 23,000.00 $      +6.4 %
Clothing And Shoes
Austin, TX Edit Houston, TX Edit
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 61.85 $ 48.82 $      -21.1 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 55.85 $ 44.89 $      -19.6 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 97.46 $ 100.81 $      +3.4 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 131.04 $ 132.53 $      +1.1 %
Rent Per Month
Austin, TX Edit Houston, TX Edit
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,242.40 $ 1,585.21 $      -29.3 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,521.61 $ 1,179.90 $      -22.5 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 4,604.54 $ 3,183.09 $      -30.9 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,658.33 $ 2,077.58 $      -21.8 %
Buy Apartment Price
Austin, TX Edit Houston, TX Edit
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 368.17 $ 268.34 $      -27.1 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 249.25 $ 173.01 $      -30.6 %
Salaries And Financing
Austin, TX Edit Houston, TX Edit
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 5,662.46 $ 4,753.71 $      -16.0 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 6.74 6.60      -2.2 %
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