A wise sage once said:
“She works hard for the money…”
And these places in Texas definitely treat her right.
You see, these are the places in Texas where the cost of living is the lowest; where your salary goes the furthest. And when if you have the luxury of choosing where to live in the Lone Star State, then the cost of living should play a role in the decision.
So we did the hard for you and crunched the numbers to find the cities that have lower food, energy, and housing costs. After the dust settled on our analysis of the 210 largest places in Texas, we were left with this set of the best value for your money.
- Donna (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Alamo (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Alton (Homes For Sale)
- Rio Grande City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Weslaco (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Pharr (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Hidalgo (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Mission (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Edinburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Laredo (Photos | Homes For Sale)
So listen up University Park (the most expensive place in Texas) as we explain how we created this ranking. You could learn some things from the rest of the state.
And if you already knew these places were cheap, check out some more reading about Texas and the cheapest places in the country:
How We Determined The Cheapest Places To Live In The Lone Star State For 2018
There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:
- Health Insurance
You can then compare the cost of these things in each of the places in Texas to figure out which is the least expensive.
What you are left with is a “Cost of Living Index” that normalizes to 100 for an average place in the United States.
So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 210 places in Texas that have more than 5,000 people.
And just so you can better understand how the cost of living index works, 100 is the average cost of a place in the United States. A score of 90 means that the place cost 10% less than average. A score of 90 means it’s 10% less expensive.
San Francisco has a score of 243 meaning it’s almost 2.5 times as expensive as the average place in the country.
Donna is a city in Hidalgo County, Texas, United States. The population was 15,798 at the 2010 census.
Alamo, located in the Rio Grande Valley in what is nicknamed the “Land of Two Summers,” is a town known as “The Refuge to the Valley” in the irrigated area of southern Hidalgo County, Texas. The city is located in an area of abundant vegetable farming and citrus groves, and it is a noted winter resort/retirement town near the Mexico-U.S. border. Alamo is also one of the Rio Grande Valley’s gateways to Mexico, via U.S. Route 281 and Nuevo Progreso, Tamaulipas, as well as gateway to the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge. Alamo’s population was 18,353 at the time of the 2010 U.S. Census.
Alton is a city in Hidalgo County, Texas, United States. The population was 12,341 at the 2010 census.
Rio Grande City is a city in and the county seat of Starr County, Texas. The population was 13,834 at the 2010 census. The city is 41 miles west of McAllen. The city also holds the March record high for the United States at 108 degrees Fahrenheit. The city is connected to Camargo, Tamaulipas, via the Rio Grande City-Camargo International Bridge.
Weslaco is a city in Hidalgo County, Texas. The population was estimated to be at 37,601 as of the 2014 United States Census. It is located at the southern tip of Texas in the Rio Grande Valley and is near the Rio Grande, across the border from the Mexican city of Nuevo Progreso, Rio Bravo, Tamaulipas, and is about 59 miles west of South Padre Island and the Gulf of Mexico.
Pharr is a city in Hidalgo County, Texas. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city population was 70,400. Pharr is connected by bridge to the Mexican city of Reynosa, Tamaulipas. It is part of the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission and Reynosa-McAllen metropolitan areas.
Hidalgo is a city in Hidalgo County, Texas, United States. The population was 11,198 at the 2010 census.
Mission is a city in Hidalgo County, Texas, United States. The population was 77,058 at the 2010 census and an estimated 83,563 in 2016. Mission is part of the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission and Reynosa-McAllen metropolitan areas.
Edinburg is a city in and the county seat of Hidalgo County, Texas, United States. The population was 87,650 according to the 2016 census estimate.
Laredo is the county seat of Webb County, Texas, United States, located on the north bank of the Rio Grande in South Texas, across from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico. According to the 2010 census, the city population was 236,091, making it the tenth-most populous city in the state of Texas and third-most populated on the Mexico-United States border, after San Diego, California, and El Paso, Texas. Its metropolitan area is the 178th-largest in the U.S. and includes all of Webb County, with a population of 250,304. Laredo is also part of the cross-border Laredo-Nuevo Laredo Metropolitan Area with an estimated population of 636,516.
There You Have It Mr. Or Mrs. Texas Cheapskate
If you’re looking at the cost of living numbers in Texas, this is an accurate list of the cheapest places to call home.
Here’s a look at the most expensive cities in Texas according to the data:
- University Park
For more Texas reading, check out:
- These Are The 10 Best Counties To Live In Texas
- 10 Safest Places In Texas
- These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Texas
Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In Texas
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