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Cost of Living in Austin

Summary about cost of living in Austin:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 $ 11.00-20.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 50.00 $ 40.00-65.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 7.69 $ 6.00-10.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 5.00 $ 4.00-7.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 6.00 $ 5.00-7.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.45 $ 3.50-5.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.11 $ 1.30-3.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.58 $ 1.00-2.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.24 $ 2.38-4.20
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.40 $ 1.32-3.50
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.34 $ 0.99-2.99
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.52 $ 1.60-3.50
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.28 $ 2.99-6.50
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 3.38 $ 1.99-7.00
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 5.48 $ 3.59-9.00
Apples (1 lb) 1.95 $ 1.36-2.75
Banana (1 lb) 0.52 $ 0.44-0.69
Oranges (1 lb) 1.81 $ 1.00-3.00
Tomato (1 lb) 1.54 $ 1.00-3.00
Potato (1 lb) 1.00 $ 0.60-2.00
Onion (1 lb) 0.92 $ 0.67-1.50
Lettuce (1 head) 1.62 $ 0.95-2.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.48 $ 1.00-2.50
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 12.00 $ 10.00-16.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.28 $ 1.41-3.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.34 $ 1.60-5.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 7.33 $ 6.00-8.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.50 $ 1.25-2.25
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 41.25 $ 35.00-43.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.00 $ 2.50-4.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.00 $ 2.25-4.50
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 29.00 $ 29.00-40.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2.34 $ 2.09-2.50
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 21,845.00 $ 18,000.00-26,335.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 20,664.43 $ 18,600.00-25,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 141.36 $ 95.00-210.26
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.11 $ 0.08-0.20
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 60.13 $ 45.00-75.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 38.08 $ 22.00-85.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 17.78 $ 5.00-30.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 12.00 $ 10.00-14.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 972.73 $ 700.00-1,200.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 17,141.67 $ 12,000.00-24,300.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 43.89 $ 30.00-60.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 35.78 $ 20.00-50.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 71.11 $ 50.00-100.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 97.67 $ 70.00-140.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,740.26 $ 1,300.00-2,300.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,099.36 $ 900.00-1,400.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,952.17 $ 2,100.00-4,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,879.86 $ 1,500.00-2,750.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 404.73 $ 300.00-643.99
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 203.54 $ 160.00-250.00
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 4,390.64 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.10 3.50-4.50

Prices in Austin, Texas

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Last update: October 2019
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6 Comments so far

#avrah on Aug 03, 2018 :
I make about 50k a year, and I live comfortably in Austin. My rent in a nice, 1-bedroom apartment in a gated community in north Austin (city limits) is 984 per month, plus utilities, which are under 150. I have student loans and a car/insurance payment, and I'm fine. I don't drive a Maserati, I'm not eating dinner at 5 star restaurants every night, but I'm not struggling and don't get all the griping. Unless you're living ridiculously far above your means or make a low salary (and if that's the case, you'll have problems no matter where you are), Austin isn't that expensive.
#trainwreq on Jul 30, 2017 :
Ive lived in Austin my entire life. Thats 35 years. Its true that this city is young, as in the population AND in recent growth. If you don't have a plan for financial stability, don't bother with my city. Im a cook by trade and I would have left long ago if I didn't have wealthy family ties. It is possible to live here and pay way less than the averages just don't expect to be going to the clubs or bars weekly. The cost of living is average but the cost of leisure life is very high and its very overrated. If you want to be a working musician, and I mean by profession, I hope you already have your roots because you cannot make it here as a musician if you haven't made it elsewhere. This city has a lot of work in the service industry, that being said, its filled with drunks and drug addicts but also good people who live well. Im proud of my city and ill never leave. Id rather live in poverty or be homeless that live anywhere else. Its safe, its friendly, its clean, and its so fucking beautiful that your problems will pale in comparison to the greenery. If you're single living here is easy if you can get along with roomates. The attitudes of the transplant populous aren't so nice, e aren't moving specially in the "middle class". Im a unicorn so I get treated like that. Im also 6'1" at 300lbs and Im native, which means I'm easy going but keep in mind that tough types aren't moving here. with that last part said, the passive aggressive shit here is at an all time high especially with the internet culture being local pop culture. The actual cost isn't so bad if you like to cook and be frugal at any income. there are lots of markets and grocers to buy from and the bus system is safe and friendly. Id be bitter if i made poor choices and had to leave my hometown. LMAO!!!!! respectively, austin is really a tourist attraction since 2005. A lot of the residential towers are just fancy air bnb's or subleases for temporary stay. SXSW brings a lot of short term living.
#ss on Jul 10, 2017 :
I was reading some comments and thought of giving a different view. I visited Austin,Tx during Dec last year. Weather was quite good, little traffic - but after few days easy to navigate. Houses are very good, roads are very clean, sidewalks, lot of parks. Yes, it may be little expensive compared to some of the non technology salary there(I heard it's lower than NYC area, but only about 20-30%). I live in NJ and got to Manhattan to work. Commute is 2 hr each way, commute + eating costs around 10K/year, and if you drive it will go up to 20K +. Very long winter. Taxes are very high, private schools are very costly, good public school district houses are around 1 million. If Family income is less than 200K, hard to survive. So, compared to that - Austin is a dream.
#KD on Nov 29, 2016 :
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 975.72--- LOL! I would love to know where to find this? I live practically in Buda, and I pay $1150/month ( that is NOT including trash and water). I cannot find anything below that, that is actually livable. When I first moved here, I lived in a Roscoe property, and it was infested with roaches, had mold, crackheads all over the place, and there was always someone getting arrested. I paid $1,000 a month for that piece of $%$^$^.
I know everyone says move to Round Rock, but that would mean that I would have to sit in traffic for almost 2 hours to get to my office on the South side of town. The thing is that the cost of living is sky rocketing and companies, like mine, aren't adjusting our incomes to match the rising cost of rent, and living- so people like me, who make decent money ( but not enough to live alone in Austin) are being forced to move further and further away from the city, or have to live with strangers, as roommates. It's a nightmare. I suggest that if you want to move here, get married first so you have someone to split the bills with. It's a plus if you actually like them. LOL.
#John Doe on Aug 04, 2016 :
I've lived in Austin for 8 years and the population explosion in the last 2 years is huge! Nonetheless, try to live close to where you work and traffic will likely not bother you. There are tons of things to do in Austin for yuppies or young families. The senior population is growing quite fast since having grandma/pa nearby is a great option. As normal cities go - prices are higher towards the city and cheaper towards the suburbs on nearly everything.
#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.