Cost of Living in Austin

Summary about cost of living in Austin:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 $ 12.00-20.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 60.00 $ 45.00-75.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 7.50 $ 6.00-10.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 4.75 $ 4.00-6.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 6.00 $ 5.00-7.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.50 $ 3.75-5.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.01 $ 1.70-3.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.68 $ 1.00-2.79
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.12 $ 2.49-4.00
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.53 $ 1.65-3.29
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.64 $ 0.80-3.00
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.84 $ 2.00-3.50
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.62 $ 3.00-6.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 4.00 $ 2.00-7.00
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 5.75 $ 3.80-9.00
Apples (1 lb) 2.11 $ 1.47-3.00
Banana (1 lb) 0.50 $ 0.45-0.59
Oranges (1 lb) 2.55 $ 1.50-3.00
Tomato (1 lb) 1.64 $ 0.99-3.00
Potato (1 lb) 1.24 $ 0.60-2.50
Onion (1 lb) 0.99 $ 0.70-2.00
Lettuce (1 head) 1.49 $ 0.98-2.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.48 $ 1.00-2.59
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 13.00 $ 11.99-15.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.01 $ 1.10-3.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.44 $ 1.50-4.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 7.00 $ 6.00-7.80
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.25 $ 1.25-2.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 41.25 $ 40.00-75.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 2.77 $ 2.50-4.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.00 $ 2.20-4.50
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 29.00 $ 29.00-50.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2.53 $ 2.29-2.75
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 21,455.00 $ 19,000.00-25,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 20,464.90 $ 18,309.00-24,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 157.03 $ 96.88-290.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.10 $ 0.09-0.10
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 59.50 $ 45.00-80.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 41.23 $ 25.00-70.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 18.00 $ 7.50-45.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 12.00 $ 10.00-14.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 888.06 $ 600.00-1,200.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 16,546.88 $ 13,900.00-20,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 43.21 $ 30.00-65.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 36.54 $ 22.00-50.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 75.88 $ 60.00-100.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 100.83 $ 75.00-150.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,669.51 $ 1,200.00-2,200.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,076.61 $ 900.00-1,400.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,906.82 $ 2,200.00-4,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,816.22 $ 1,500.00-2,400.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 402.65 $ 300.00-600.00
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 191.13 $ 150.00-250.00
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 3,914.89 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.17 3.50-4.54

Prices in Austin, Texas

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Last update: November 2018
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13 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.
#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