The 10 Cheapest Houston, TX Neighborhoods To Live In For 2019


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Houston are the cheapest of the cheap.

Editor’s Note: This is our first time ranking the cheapest neighborhoods to live in Houston.
Cheapest Neighborhoods In Houston
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Everything else equal, I think we can all agree that living in a cheaper place is better than living in a more expensive place.

I’d much rather pay $500/mo in rent than $1,000. And I’d rather pay $2 for coffee than $5.

And while every neighbhorhood in Houston might be more expensive than living in rural Texas, there are certain neighborhoods that are definitely cheaper.

So what exactly are those Houston neighborhoods where your dollar goes a little further — you can get that one bedroom instead of the studio?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Houston are the cheapest.

Here are the cheapest neighborhoods in Houston for 2020:

  1. Pasadina (Homes)
  2. Far Northeast (Homes)
  3. Far North (Homes)
  4. Downtown (Homes)
  5. Meyerland (Homes)
  6. Northeast (Homes)
  7. Sugarland (Homes)
  8. Southeast (Homes)
  9. Southwest (Homes)
  10. Westchase (Homes)

What’s the cheapest neighborhood to live in Houston for 2020? According to the most recent census data, Pasadina looks to be the cheaptest Houston neighborhood to live in.

At this point we should make it clear that you do get what you pay for — some of these neighborhoods might not be the best places to live in Houston. You could be sacrificing location or crime rates in return for more space and cheaper groceries.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Houston that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Houston.

Once you’re done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from cheapest to most expensive.

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How We Determined The Cheapest Houston Hoods In 2020

In order to rank the cheapest places to live in Houston, we had to determine what criteria defines “cheap”.

Using census and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • Overall Cost Of Living
  • Rent To Income Ratio
  • Median Home Value To Income Ratio

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 26 in each category, where 1 was the cheapest.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a cheap neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest cheapest neighborhood index the “Cheapest City Neighborhood In Houston.” We’re lookin’ at you, Pasadina.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the cheapest places Houston. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from cheapest to most expensive.

The 10 Cheapest Neighborhoods To Live In Houston For 2020

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 143,203
Cost Of Living Index: 88 (8th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 1.9 (3rd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.012 (9th cheapest)
More on Pasadina: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Pasadina comes in at $64,381 and the median home value is $121,525 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 90,207
Cost Of Living Index: 96 (13th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.1 (7th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.008 (4th cheapest)
More on Far Northeast: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Far Northeast comes in at $90,179 and the median home value is $191,832 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 59,742
Cost Of Living Index: 80 (1st cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 1.7 (2nd cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.025 (26th cheapest)
More on Far North: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Far North comes in at $30,316 and the median home value is $52,586 for 2020.

Downtown Houston, TX

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 10,089
Cost Of Living Index: 91 (11th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 0.6 (1st cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.016 (19th cheapest)
More on Downtown: Homes For Sale | Data

Downtown is the largest business district in Houston, Texas, located near the geographic center of the metropolitan area at the confluence of Interstate 10, Interstate 45, and Interstate 69. The 1.84-square-mile district, enclosed by the aforementioned highways, contains the original townsite of Houston at the confluence of Buffalo Bayou and White Oak Bayou, a point known as Allen’s Landing. Downtown has been the city’s preeminent commercial district since its founding in 1836.

The median income in Downtown comes in at $114,810 and the median home value is $63,900 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 69,368
Cost Of Living Index: 97 (14th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.6 (11th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.011 (7th cheapest)
More on Meyerland: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Meyerland comes in at $73,349 and the median home value is $194,318 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 129,659
Cost Of Living Index: 81 (2nd cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.0 (5th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.022 (25th cheapest)
More on Northeast: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Northeast comes in at $32,777 and the median home value is $66,156 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 125,992
Cost Of Living Index: 85 (4th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.0 (4th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.021 (24th cheapest)
More on Sugarland: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Sugarland comes in at $42,634 and the median home value is $83,472 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 261,757
Cost Of Living Index: 85 (4th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.4 (8th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.018 (20th cheapest)
More on Southeast: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Southeast comes in at $41,297 and the median home value is $97,556 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 108,921
Cost Of Living Index: 88 (8th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.1 (6th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.02 (21st cheapest)
More on Southwest: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Southwest comes in at $48,850 and the median home value is $102,760 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 71,050
Cost Of Living Index: 89 (10th cheapest)
Home Value To Income Ratio: 2.5 (9th cheapest)
Rent To Income Ratio: 0.015 (16th cheapest)
More on Westchase: Homes For Sale | Data

The median income in Westchase comes in at $51,899 and the median home value is $131,521 for 2020.

Summing Up The Cheapest Places In Houston

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Houston where prices are low and it’s cheap to live, this is an accurate list.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Houston aren’t all cheap. River Oaks takes the title of the most expensive neighborhood to live in Houston.

We ranked the neighborhoods from cheapest to most expensive in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Cheapest Neighborhoods To Live In Houston For 2020

Rank Neighborhood Cost Of Living Index
1 Pasadina 88
2 Far Northeast 96
3 Far North 80
4 Downtown 91
5 Meyerland 97
6 Northeast 81
7 Sugarland 85
8 Southeast 85
9 Southwest 88
10 Westchase 89
11 North 84
12 Northwest 89
13 East End 86
14 Bellaire 93
15 West Houston 103
16 Greater Heights 118
17 Spring Branch 100
18 Medical 102
19 Rice 145
20 Midtown 105
21 Rice Military 124
22 West University 164
23 Galleria-Uptown 124
24 Montrose 121
25 Greater Memorial 172
26 River Oaks 149

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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