Cost of Living in Dallas

Summary about cost of living in Dallas:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 12.67 $ 8.00-16.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 50.00 $ 28.00-65.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 7.00 $ 6.00-10.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 4.00 $ 3.00-5.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 6.00 $ 5.00-8.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.02 $ 3.00-5.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1.70 $ 1.05-2.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.30 $ 1.00-2.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 2.47 $ 1.80-3.99
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.07 $ 1.49-3.00
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.85 $ 1.00-2.99
Eggs (regular) (12) 1.91 $ 1.00-3.50
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.10 $ 2.00-6.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 4.08 $ 2.00-7.00
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 4.63 $ 4.00-7.00
Apples (1 lb) 1.73 $ 1.20-2.50
Banana (1 lb) 0.53 $ 0.45-0.75
Oranges (1 lb) 1.50 $ 1.00-2.50
Tomato (1 lb) 1.34 $ 0.99-2.00
Potato (1 lb) 0.81 $ 0.50-1.00
Onion (1 lb) 1.06 $ 0.50-2.00
Lettuce (1 head) 1.40 $ 1.00-2.49
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.45 $ 0.99-2.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 $ 10.00-17.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.00 $ 0.99-3.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.40 $ 1.00-5.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 7.00 $ 6.50-8.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.75 $ 2.50-3.50
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 80.00 $ 80.00-96.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.10 $ 2.25-4.05
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1.80 $ 1.80-2.50
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 20.00 $ 18.00-27.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2.49 $ 2.00-2.80
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 19,000.00 $ 16,000.00-21,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 19,971.00 $ 16,400.00-24,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 150.60 $ 90.00-250.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.14 $ 0.05-0.25
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 62.63 $ 45.00-80.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 40.07 $ 15.00-70.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 3.67 $ 0.00-12.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 12.00 $ 9.00-13.72
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 891.15 $ 500.00-1,200.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 14,000.00 $ 8,000.00-30,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 42.02 $ 30.00-60.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 39.81 $ 25.00-65.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 72.68 $ 50.00-100.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 97.39 $ 50.00-150.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,355.11 $ 1,000.00-1,575.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 979.72 $ 750.00-1,200.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,469.02 $ 1,500.00-3,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,716.02 $ 1,290.00-2,300.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 230.15 $ 150.00-300.00
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 126.36 $ 97.83-180.00
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 4,694.79 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.15 3.75-5.00

Prices in Dallas, Texas

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Last update: April 2019
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18 Comments so far

#Syed on Mar 02, 2019 :
Hello Everyone,
I have a quick question about Red Oak TX. Soon i will have a job that pays $15.00/hour. Currently living in NY and getting around $25/hour.
I am head of house hold. My wife is not working and I have 3 kids.
Can anyone guide me is that make sense to move there?
Appreciate it
#Kenny on Jun 02, 2018 :
I'm leaving Dallas because i don't make $280,000 a year. I got busted for embezzlement & my wife is leaving me because her life style is about to change. Can y'all help me out please....I'm going to jail & i'll have to start all over again when i get out.
#Aaron on May 14, 2018 :
Damn Kenny what are you in to be making that much?! lol
#Kenny on May 11, 2018 :
I don't know why y'all complaining,i make $280,000 a yr & my wife makes $150,000 a yr but she banks half of her salary plus i put away a nice chunk plus investments & 401k! We living good in Dallas with our 3 kids. Sometimes you got to try different things in order for it to work.
#Cyndi on Apr 07, 2018 :
Hi I am moving to Dallas from Canada this Fall. Trying to find out as much as possible about the area. Anyone out there know anything about the Keller ISD and basketball opportunities in that area? My son is in high school and this is one of the reasons we are moving for his sake. Canada doesn’t really have much there isn’t much on hereabout schools! Private or public. Looking forward to our move! I am from Houston but really want to live in Dallas!
#William Malloy on Sep 27, 2017 :
I live in Irving, TX, a suburb of Dallas. Your food prices are high vs. what I am paying. For instance you have $1.87 for 12 eggs. I have not paid over $1.00 for some time and purchased 12 large eggs today for $0.42. Also I recently purchased Beef Chuck for $2.77 per lb. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are on sale for $1.69 per pound while the regular price is $2.29. Produce varies considerably so I have no information on those items. Gasoline is currently $2.40 per gallon but was below $2.00 before the hurricane hit Houston. I live in a one story 1,860 S.F. home with an attached 2 car garage in a fairly nice neighborhood. Property taxes last year were $1,144, but as I am over 65, I get a reduced rate. Tax assessor has home valued at $158,000 but market price is closer to $190,000. I am getting electric power for $0.081 per KWH plus taxes. Total utilities averaged $171 per month over the last 12 months, but I have a front and back yard to water. So, I would guess that your utility price for a 916 S.F. apartment is high.
#Barry on Jan 16, 2017 :
A few comments in passing: One can buy an excellent pair of Jeans in Sams Club for $13 not $41. Our home in an excellent community (neighbor has 6,500 S/F) has a FHA 3-1/2% Down Payment mortgage and about 3,500 S/F on approx. 1 acre at $1200 + $800 for taxes and insurances. It is otherwise a magnificent home with chickens, garden, patio, etc. Whar is not mentioned is the fact most people are so nice.
#Christian on Jul 04, 2016 :
If Texas will be The Independent Nation (Country) I will travel There
#vignesh on May 03, 2016 :
It is good for all foreigner's without USA people, . thanks for this detailed information of USA,.
#z on Jan 06, 2016 :
150k, depends what part of dallas. on the outskirts or in less desireable locations, it will get you an older 3/2 1800-2000 sq ft house with a decent sized yard. In the more desireable (expensive) locations in north/far north dallas or southlake, it will hardly get you a 1000 sq ft. townhouse. Luckily, the Dallas-ft worth metroplex is huge and has something for everyone if you're willing to shop around and don't mind a commute.
#rebecca edgerton on Oct 26, 2015 :
I would like to know what the cost of housing, including PITI (principal, interest, property tax and homeowners insurance)? What could someone buy for $150,000?
#rhondamostlouis on Oct 24, 2015 :
Im in the collections field and looking for immediate employment if i decide to move to Texas. We are a family of 5 ( myself and 4 children) ages 17,16,9& a single parent with current income of $2500 a month. So many people i know are moving there but they are either couples are single.I conquer most all my challenges but Im a bit afraid to make such a huge move and Not Have knowledge as a how the economy can be either adv advantage or disadvantage for me..please help with suggestions for my family.
#Greg Turner on Jul 28, 2015 :
I want to relocate to Dallas but I have no job at this particular point. I'm looking for something that can pay at least 3,600 monthly. My e-mail address is if anybody has any inquiries available.
#narges on Jul 20, 2015 :
I want to know the cost of a drug ( rebif ) per year
#Ndahimana pacifique on May 26, 2015 :
This is terrific and awesome. The only expensive thing is housing.
#Rich on May 19, 2015 :
The cost of living in DFW has become insane in general but Dallas county most of all. I mean it does make sense with the massive influx of people from other states moving to Texas because we have the all-star economy. With Toyota moving two major operations from two different states over to Plano along with the Legacy West development, it's really bringing California prices here to the Lone Star State.

A good way to get an idea of the current pricing is to check the apartment listing sites:

The most expensive according to UMoveFree (the biggest locator in Texas, over 98% of listings in their service areas which beats all the other listing sites) the most expensive apartment in Dallas is $10,500/mo for a 3 bedroom. The least expensive is $300/mo for the lowest priced efficiency in the entire city. The average cost is about $1,400/mo for a 2 bedroom and a little over $1,000.00 for a 1br.
#heather.rodriguez on May 04, 2015 :
I like that you are organised and clearly state the coast.
#Steve on Apr 14, 2015 :
I go out to eat and order the specials; I can get a half rack of ribs, two sides, Texas toast, a pickle spear, onion slice, and iced tea for 9.95 plus tip on special. It is $14.95 at the regular price. Groupon also has specials where I’ll buy a groupon for a nice seafood restaurant and get 50% off, so I may pay $12.50 for a $25.00 meal. I have in the past taken a girlfriend to a nice Sushi restaurant and with no coupon had to pay close to $100 for both of us. Those restaurants are out there, but you know that going in. There are many very nice restaurants where even without a deal, you can eat for $12 to $15.

On the water, if you go to a sporting event or a festival, you could spend $7 for a half liter bottle of water. But at any local vending machine it will cost you about $1 depending on how much the employees make. If the average employee makes $9 and hour, it could be as low as 50 cents, but if the average employee is making over $20 an hour, it usually is $1.50. This is a phenomenon I’ve noticed as a truck driver that goes all over the city.

In the grocery store, in a not on sale time one may have to pay $10.99 for a pound of Salmon, today at the same store I got one last week for that $10.99 I paid $6.99, and the clerk told me that just a few weeks ago it was on sale for $4.99 a pound. The average fillet is about 3 pounds.
Beef has been rising in price here every week, and I don’t see many sales less than about $5.99 a pound. I got a great deal on a leg of lamb recently at $5.98 a pound, it usually runs about $10 a pound.
Water constantly goes on sale for 10 cents per bottle or less. At regular price one could pay upwards of 15 cents per bottle, but somebody always has it on sale for below the 10 cents price point.
Bread can be bought as cheap as $1.79 cents per 24 oz loaf, but I buy the high fiber, high protein, no High Fructose Corn Syrup bread which runs between $2.79-3.09 per loaf. The cheap bread will have HFCS.
Produce is by season. Tomatoes in the winter cost upwards of $2.79 cents a pound, but during the peak of summer they are down to 99 cents a pound. I recently got the first corn of the season, 4 ears for a dollar, but come June and July I’ll get them 10 ears for a dollar.

Housing varies in price here not only by in town, out of town, but by neighborhood. The prices I included were what I consider safe neighborhoods. In a dangerous neighborhood, it could be as much as 70% lower in cost, but come with a very high crime rate compared to the better neighborhoods.

So it’s hard to put average prices when it can vary so much by personal preferences. Some people shop sales, some, like my dad, just takes the list my mom gives him, gets what he finds, pays the bill without question and takes it home. Which then shocks my mom that he would pay so much, which results in fewer shopping trips for him, so maybe it’s by design.

Have a great day, thanks for your service, I used it in a report to a friend about the area, with just a little bit of tweaking by me.