These Are The 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Texas For 2018


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

Here are the 10 cheapest places to live in Texas for 2018:

  1. Donna (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Alamo (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Alton (Homes For Sale)
  4. Rio Grande City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Weslaco (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Pharr (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Hidalgo (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Mission (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Edinburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. 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 the best places to live in Texas or the most expensive.

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:

  • 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 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.

1. Donna

Donna, Texas

Source: Public domain

Population: 15,924
Services: 76
Groceries: 79
Health Care: 81
Housing: 39
Transportation: 86
Utilities: 79
More on Donna: Homes For Sale | Data
Donna is a city in Hidalgo County, Texas, United States. The population was 15,798 at the 2010 census.

2. Alamo

Alamo, Texas

Source: Public domain

Population: 18,345
Services: 76
Groceries: 79
Health Care: 81
Housing: 42
Transportation: 86
Utilities: 79
More on Alamo: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

3. Alton


Population: 13,298
Services: 76
Groceries: 79
Health Care: 81
Housing: 44
Transportation: 86
Utilities: 79
More on Alton: Homes For Sale | Data
Alton is a city in Hidalgo County, Texas, United States. The population was 12,341 at the 2010 census.

4. Rio Grande City

Rio Grande City, Texas

Population: 13,826
Services: 76
Groceries: 79
Health Care: 81
Housing: 45
Transportation: 86
Utilities: 79
More on Rio Grande City: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

5. Weslaco

Weslaco, Texas

Population: 35,720
Services: 76
Groceries: 79
Health Care: 81
Housing: 47
Transportation: 86
Utilities: 79
More on Weslaco: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

6. Pharr

Pharr, Texas

Population: 70,119
Services: 76
Groceries: 79
Health Care: 81
Housing: 50
Transportation: 86
Utilities: 79
More on Pharr: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

7. Hidalgo

Hidalgo, Texas

Population: 11,190
Services: 76
Groceries: 79
Health Care: 81
Housing: 56
Transportation: 86
Utilities: 79
More on Hidalgo: Homes For Sale | Data
Hidalgo is a city in Hidalgo County, Texas, United States. The population was 11,198 at the 2010 census.

8. Mission

Mission, Texas

Population: 76,784
Services: 76
Groceries: 79
Health Care: 81
Housing: 59
Transportation: 86
Utilities: 79
More on Mission: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

9. Edinburg

Edinburg, Texas

Population: 77,174
Services: 76
Groceries: 79
Health Care: 81
Housing: 60
Transportation: 86
Utilities: 79
More on Edinburg: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

10. Laredo

Laredo, Texas

Population: 236,063
Services: 76
Groceries: 79
Health Care: 81
Housing: 68
Transportation: 86
Utilities: 79
More on Laredo: Homes For Sale | Data
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. 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.

Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In Texas

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

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