Cost of Living in Dallas

Summary about cost of living in Dallas:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 12.00 $ 10.00-15.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 45.00 $ 35.00-65.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 7.50 $ 5.50-8.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 4.00 $ 3.50-6.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 6.00 $ 4.50-8.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.08 $ 3.00-6.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.76 $ 1.25-2.50
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.29 $ 1.00-2.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 2.35 $ 1.87-3.50
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.84 $ 1.00-2.99
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.99 $ 1.00-3.00
Eggs (regular) (12) 1.75 $ 1.00-2.50
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.71 $ 3.50-8.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 2.93 $ 1.99-5.99
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 5.05 $ 3.99-8.00
Apples (1 lb) 1.50 $ 0.99-2.50
Banana (1 lb) 0.53 $ 0.42-0.86
Oranges (1 lb) 1.39 $ 1.00-2.50
Tomato (1 lb) 1.20 $ 0.98-2.49
Potato (1 lb) 0.71 $ 0.40-1.00
Onion (1 lb) 1.09 $ 0.75-2.00
Lettuce (1 head) 1.42 $ 0.97-2.50
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.64 $ 1.00-2.50
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 11.50 $ 9.00-15.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.05 $ 1.00-3.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.60 $ 1.00-3.50
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 6.75 $ 5.65-8.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.50 $ 2.50-5.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 80.00 $ 66.67-85.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 2.50 $ 2.25-3.50
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) 2.23 $ 2.10-2.50
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 20,000.00 $ 18,495.00-25,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 18,626.25 $ 15,000.00-21,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 133.20 $ 70.83-250.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.10 $ 0.10-0.20
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 55.61 $ 40.00-75.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 35.56 $ 20.00-60.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 11.50 $ 0.00-25.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 11.00 $ 9.00-12.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 802.47 $ 500.00-1,100.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 15,600.00 $ 8,000.00-18,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 39.56 $ 25.00-56.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 41.79 $ 22.00-75.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 68.97 $ 50.00-100.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 88.13 $ 60.00-125.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,310.60 $ 950.00-1,600.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 952.80 $ 750.00-1,200.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,270.83 $ 1,400.00-3,200.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,646.23 $ 1,200.00-2,400.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 215.06 $ 125.00-264.92
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 110.20 $ 71.75-150.00
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 3,803.88 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.06 3.50-5.00

Prices in Dallas, Texas

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Last update: February 2018
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25 Comments so far

#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.
#Naveed on Mar 29, 2015 :
Can any body help me to find the job in Dallas Texas, so I may migrate there by getting work permit visa, I request you guys humbly to solve my job issue, I am accountant and have Bachelors degree (Local Country) Pakistan with 10+ years of job experience, Please do help and favorable response to my email address.

Thanks in advance.
#Nitin on Mar 28, 2015 :
Hello Friends..
I am traveling to Dallas on H1B as a IT infrastructure Manager with Family (wife+ 2.5 yrs Kid). is it really worth to travel if I am getting $70000 per year. I understand its really on lower side for 11yrs of IT experience.
is it worth to travel?
#Jim on Mar 20, 2015 :
I make 1,300/mo and I survive here just fine. Been living here for 15 years.
#Manu Panicker on Mar 18, 2015 :
I got a job in Dallas... on USD 9K per month salary ..Is it sufficient enough to survive happily in Dallas TX?

Request your valuable comments pls
#doretha on Jan 08, 2015 :
I'm a family of 4 3 kids wanting to know where is the best place to start up in Texas
#Diana on Dec 13, 2014 :
If our current income is $100,000, what would we need to make in Dallas Texas to live as we do currently?
#Ghassan on Nov 19, 2014 :
Hello everyone. I had the pleasure of visiting Dallas, Texas last summer. It is a good place for living, especially for middle class people as you can afford house easier than many other expensive places in the country. Also it is a big center for business as the city has 12 Fortune 500 companies, but the only bothering issue is the very hot weather during the summer season ! Moreover the citizens of Dallas are not that racists as i used to hear before my visit. Many of them were helping me in a kind way whenever i was asking about the directions while walking at the downtown of the city. If i had the chance to come and live in the country, i guess i will choose Dallas for my settlement. on Oct 02, 2014 :
I'm looking forward to migrate to texas,
Being a musician and a producer, I'm looking for the church or musician I cab work with.
#Wasla on Aug 29, 2014 :
I have been to the City of Dallas, Texas, United States twice. Both times, I can honestly say that it is a beautiful city. Has everything anybody looking for a metropolis abode could want. Affordable housing, easy access to very inexpensive/affordably priced public transportation that is on the rapid transit systems within the State of Texas, and the tax rates there are not too bad. States such as Illinois and Missouri have much higher tax rates, which surprises most visitors to those states. In fact, Illinois and Missouri does not have the exact same sales tax rate within those entire states. If you compare the receipts from things you purchase there, you'll notice that the sales tax rates and even occupancy tax rates within the hotels/motels there vary. Very, very strange. The sales tax in the the State of New York is slighter lower than Illinois and Missouri. Texas really isn't as bad as most persons out there are led to believe. The outlying areas surrounding Dallas center are nice also. Dallas, Texas is a very cost effective place to call your home.
#collins on May 08, 2014 :
In fact this information is absolutely good for foreigners who are yet to be migrated to texas, usa. Being one of such people im grateful with your rich information because i wuold be mindful of my expenses when i get there. Keep it up
#Dalerine on Apr 27, 2014 :
Hi Thank you for this. looks like the living cost is similar to where we currently live in the UK, but the disposable income is comparatively good. If one is interested in living and working in the USA (Texas) do you have any idea and suggestions of this is possible? Following our recent visit, we have just fallen in love with the USA...more details are appreciated..
#Andrea on Apr 10, 2014 :
This is very helpful, thank you. I appreciate the detail break down of actual rent, essential products and their detailed description, and the additional side noted needs.