These Are The 10 Most Affordable Places In Texas


We used data and science to determine which places in Texas go easy on your wallet.

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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 213 largest places in Texas, we were left with this set of the best value for your money:

  1. Donna
  2. Alamo
  3. Alton
  4. Rio Grande City
  5. Weslaco
  6. Pharr
  7. Hidalgo
  8. Mercedes
  9. Mission
  10. Raymondville

So listen up University Park as we explain how we created this ranking, you could learn some things from the rest of the state.

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How We Determined The Most Affordable Places To Live In The Lone Star State

There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Gas
  • Health Insurance
  • Utilities
  • Transportation

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 213 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.

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1. Donna


Population: 15,924
Services: 76
Groceries: 79
Healthcare: 81
Housing: 39
Transportation: 86
Utiltiies: 79

2. Alamo

Alamo, Texas

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Population: 18,345
Services: 76
Groceries: 79
Healthcare: 81
Housing: 42
Transportation: 86
Utiltiies: 79

3. Alton


Population: 13,298
Services: 76
Groceries: 79
Healthcare: 81
Housing: 44
Transportation: 86
Utiltiies: 79

4. Rio Grande City

Rio Grande City, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,826
Services: 76
Groceries: 79
Healthcare: 81
Housing: 45
Transportation: 86
Utiltiies: 79

5. Weslaco

Weslaco, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 35,720
Services: 76
Groceries: 79
Healthcare: 81
Housing: 47
Transportation: 86
Utiltiies: 79

6. Pharr


Population: 70,119
Services: 76
Groceries: 79
Healthcare: 81
Housing: 50
Transportation: 86
Utiltiies: 79

7. Hidalgo

Hidalgo, Texas

Source: Flickr

Population: 11,190
Services: 76
Groceries: 79
Healthcare: 81
Housing: 56
Transportation: 86
Utiltiies: 79

8. Mercedes

Mercedes, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,803
Services: 74
Groceries: 82
Healthcare: 91
Housing: 36
Transportation: 88
Utiltiies: 105

9. Mission

Mission, Texas

Source: Flickr

Population: 76,784
Services: 76
Groceries: 79
Healthcare: 81
Housing: 59
Transportation: 86
Utiltiies: 79

10. Raymondville

Raymondville, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,182
Services: 74
Groceries: 82
Healthcare: 91
Housing: 38
Transportation: 88
Utiltiies: 105

Detailed List Of Affordable Places In Texas

City Rank Population Services Grociers Healthcare
Donna 1 15,924 76 79 81
Alamo 2 18,345 76 79 81
Alton 3 13,298 76 79 81
Rio Grande City 4 13,826 76 79 81
Weslaco 5 35,720 76 79 81
Pharr 6 70,119 76 79 81
Hidalgo 7 11,190 76 79 81
Mercedes 8 15,803 74 82 91
Mission 9 76,784 76 79 81
Raymondville 10 11,182 74 82 91
Edinburg 11 77,174 76 79 81
Vernon 12 11,041 90 99 93
San Benito 13 24,355 74 82 91
Mcallen 14 130,297 76 79 81
Uvalde 15 15,849 102 83 92
Laredo 16 236,063 76 79 81
Brownsville 17 175,210 74 82 91
Paris 18 25,180 89 91 87
Harlingen 19 64,947 74 82 91
Plainview 20 22,098 94 91 101
Sweetwater 21 10,824 101 92 94
Del Rio 22 35,471 102 83 92
Jacksonville 23 14,550 96 95 91
Denison 24 22,655 89 91 87
Eagle Pass 25 26,383 102 83 92
Bonham 26 10,147 89 91 87
Borger 27 13,144 92 98 100
Burkburnett 28 10,773 90 99 93
Wichita Falls 29 104,152 90 99 93
Athens 30 12,728 96 95 91
Pampa 31 18,122 92 98 100
Freeport 32 12,107 95 83 99
Palestine 33 18,647 96 95 91
Gainesville 34 16,012 89 91 87
Hereford 35 15,284 92 98 100
Sulphur Springs 36 15,461 96 95 91
Levelland 37 13,558 94 91 101
South Houston 38 16,997 101 86 91
Beeville 39 13,058 97 83 95
Gatesville 40 15,779 93 83 101
Sherman 41 38,499 89 91 87
Port Arthur 42 54,022 90 98 95
Jacinto City 43 10,572 101 86 91
Snyder 44 11,169 101 92 94
Clute 45 11,202 95 83 99
Robstown 46 11,566 97 83 95
Vidor 47 10,735 90 98 95
Dumas 48 14,618 92 98 100
Port Lavaca 49 12,224 95 83 99
Galena Park 50 10,907 101 86 91
Socorro 51 31,912 93 103 89
Seguin 52 25,477 94 90 95
Brownwood 53 19,201 101 92 94
Kingsville 54 26,103 97 83 95
Bay City 55 17,588 95 83 99
Alice 56 19,222 97 83 95
El Campo 57 11,551 95 83 99
La Marque 58 14,626 101 86 91
Big Spring 59 27,162 100 93 96
Waco 60 124,843 99 79 99
San Antonio 61 1,335,287 102 83 92
Baytown 62 71,790 101 86 91
Richmond 63 11,703 101 86 91
Texarkana 64 36,548 114 92 86
Lubbock 65 229,428 94 91 101
San Angelo 66 93,450 101 92 94
Orange 67 18,800 90 98 95
Texas City 68 45,235 101 86 91
Abilene 69 118,484 101 92 94
Rosenberg 70 30,665 101 86 91
Amarillo 71 191,118 92 98 100
Live Oak 72 13,269 102 83 92
Humble 73 15,155 101 86 91
Alvin 74 24,582 101 86 91
Bryan 75 76,082 96 85 99
Angleton 76 18,897 95 83 99
Kerrville 77 22,344 102 83 92
Beaumont 78 117,769 90 98 95
Groves 79 15,992 90 98 95
Leon Valley 80 10,271 102 83 92
Huntsville 81 38,682 96 85 99
San Marcos 82 46,131 94 90 95
Copperas Cove 83 32,639 93 83 101
Temple 84 66,435 93 83 101
Tyler 85 97,125 96 95 91
Andrews 86 11,273 100 90 103
Webster 87 10,454 101 86 91
Universal City 88 18,502 102 83 92
Brenham 89 15,785 96 85 99
Victoria 90 62,869 97 83 95
Killeen 91 127,995 93 83 101
Canyon 92 13,452 92 98 100
El Paso 93 650,778 93 103 89
Converse 94 18,349 102 83 92
Houston 95 2,107,449 101 86 91
Dickinson 96 18,748 101 86 91
Nederland 97 17,482 90 98 95
Mineral Wells 98 17,021 115 90 102
White Settlement 99 16,208 115 90 102
Taylor 100 15,475 96 84 102
Conroe 101 57,380 96 85 99
Belton 102 18,539 93 83 101
Galveston 103 48,352 101 86 91
La Porte 104 33,859 101 86 91
Horizon City 105 16,859 93 103 89
Lufkin 106 35,169 100 98 95
Deer Park 107 32,098 101 86 91
Santa Fe 108 12,322 101 86 91
Corpus Christi 109 305,427 97 83 95
Haltom City 110 42,511 115 90 102
Odessa 111 101,545 100 90 103
Mount Pleasant 112 15,706 103 91 103
Kilgore 113 13,165 103 91 103
Corsicana 114 23,879 114 107 104
Port Neches 115 12,971 90 98 95
Cleburne 116 29,318 115 90 102
Tomball 117 10,732 96 85 99
Marshall 118 23,922 103 91 103
Schertz 119 31,934 102 83 92
Stephenville 120 17,470 115 90 102
Nacogdoches 121 33,157 100 98 95
Lake Jackson 122 27,028 95 83 99
New Braunfels 123 57,776 94 90 95
Forest Hill 124 12,478 115 90 102
Greenville 125 25,572 102 101 102
Henderson 126 13,614 103 91 103
Hewitt 127 13,505 99 79 99
Lumberton 128 11,850 90 98 95
Katy 129 14,363 101 86 91
Robinson 130 10,524 99 79 99
Stafford 131 17,565 101 86 91
Lockhart 132 12,785 105 87 104
Harker Heights 133 26,579 93 83 101
Azle 134 10,788 115 90 102
Portland 135 15,243 97 83 95
Balch Springs 136 23,853 114 107 104
College Station 137 93,663 96 85 99
Terrell 138 15,862 114 107 104
Fort Worth 139 743,865 115 90 102
Seagoville 140 14,829 114 107 104
Fredericksburg 141 10,556 102 83 92
Hurst 142 37,572 115 90 102
Arlington 143 367,154 115 90 102
League City 144 83,026 101 86 91
Pearland 145 90,347 101 86 91
Weatherford 146 25,417 115 90 102
Benbrook 147 21,433 115 90 102
Midland 148 112,618 100 93 96
Ennis 149 18,531 114 107 104
Saginaw 150 19,793 115 90 102
Watauga 151 23,600 115 90 102
Longview 152 80,931 103 91 103
Round Rock 153 100,764 96 84 102
Boerne 154 10,618 102 83 92
Seabrook 155 11,955 101 86 91
Burleson 156 36,879 115 90 102
Hutto 157 15,882 96 84 102
Missouri City 158 67,173 101 86 91
Leander 159 26,818 96 84 102
Lancaster 160 36,271 114 107 104
Pflugerville 161 47,602 96 84 102
Crowley 162 12,878 115 90 102
Georgetown 163 48,220 96 84 102
Cibolo 164 15,541 94 90 95
Euless 165 51,526 115 90 102
North Richland Hills 166 63,605 115 90 102
Duncanville 167 38,590 114 107 104
Bedford 168 47,385 115 90 102
Dallas 169 1,207,202 114 107 104
Cedar Park 170 51,664 96 84 102
Grand Prairie 171 174,631 114 107 104
Garland 172 227,641 102 101 102
Friendswood 173 35,853 101 86 91
Waxahachie 174 29,760 114 107 104
Irving 175 217,021 114 107 104
Red Oak 176 10,663 114 107 104
Desoto 177 49,011 114 107 104
Kyle 178 27,886 105 87 104
Denton 179 115,098 102 101 102
Sugar Land 180 79,475 101 86 91
Cedar Hill 181 44,970 114 107 104
Farmers Branch 182 28,681 114 107 104
Glenn Heights 183 11,226 114 107 104
Lewisville 184 95,989 102 101 102
Midlothian 185 18,026 114 107 104
The Colony 186 36,718 102 101 102
Mansfield 187 55,818 115 90 102
Bellaire 188 16,935 101 86 91
West University Place 189 14,866 101 86 91
Carrollton 190 120,727 102 101 102
Corinth 191 19,736 102 101 102
Forney 192 14,692 114 107 104
Austin 193 799,939 105 87 104
Grapevine 194 46,756 115 90 102
Little Elm 195 25,916 102 101 102
Richardson 196 100,057 102 101 102
Mckinney 197 131,882 102 101 102
Keller 198 39,763 115 90 102
Rowlett 199 55,970 102 101 102
Sachse 200 20,215 102 101 102
Allen 201 84,387 102 101 102
Flower Mound 202 65,330 115 90 102
Rockwall 203 37,842 102 101 102
Plano 204 263,122 102 101 102
Colleyville 205 23,009 115 90 102
Lakeway 206 11,517 105 87 104
Addison 207 13,643 102 101 102
Southlake 208 26,454 115 90 102
Frisco 209 116,944 102 101 102
Coppell 210 39,212 114 107 104
Highland Village 211 15,144 102 101 102
Murphy 212 17,496 102 101 102
University Park 213 23,241 114 107 104

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