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 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

Map Of The Cheapest Places To Live In Texas
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.

Donna, TX

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

1
/10

Population: 15,924
Services: 76
Groceries: 79
Health Care: 81
Housing: 39
Transportation: 86
Utilities: 79
More on Donna: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Donna is a city in Hidalgo County, Texas, United States. The population was 15,798 at the 2010 census.

Alamo, TX

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 18,345
Services: 76
Groceries: 79
Health Care: 81
Housing: 42
Transportation: 86
Utilities: 79
More on Alamo: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 13,298
Services: 76
Groceries: 79
Health Care: 81
Housing: 44
Transportation: 86
Utilities: 79
More on Alton: Real Estate | Data

Alton is a city in Hidalgo County, Texas, United States. The population was 12,341 at the 2010 census.

Rio Grande City, TX

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 13,826
Services: 76
Groceries: 79
Health Care: 81
Housing: 45
Transportation: 86
Utilities: 79
More on Rio Grande City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, TX

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 35,720
Services: 76
Groceries: 79
Health Care: 81
Housing: 47
Transportation: 86
Utilities: 79
More on Weslaco: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, TX

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 70,119
Services: 76
Groceries: 79
Health Care: 81
Housing: 50
Transportation: 86
Utilities: 79
More on Pharr: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, TX

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 11,190
Services: 76
Groceries: 79
Health Care: 81
Housing: 56
Transportation: 86
Utilities: 79
More on Hidalgo: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hidalgo is a city in Hidalgo County, Texas, United States. The population was 11,198 at the 2010 census.

Mission, TX

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 76,784
Services: 76
Groceries: 79
Health Care: 81
Housing: 59
Transportation: 86
Utilities: 79
More on Mission: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, TX

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 77,174
Services: 76
Groceries: 79
Health Care: 81
Housing: 60
Transportation: 86
Utilities: 79
More on Edinburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, TX

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 236,063
Services: 76
Groceries: 79
Health Care: 81
Housing: 68
Transportation: 86
Utilities: 79
More on Laredo: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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:

  1. University Park
  2. Coppell
  3. Murphy

For more Texas reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In Texas

Rank City CheapScore Population Services Groceries Health Care
1 Donna 8.83 15,924 76 79 81
2 Alamo 9.17 18,345 76 79 81
3 Alton 9.58 13,298 76 79 81
4 Rio Grande City 9.92 13,826 76 79 81
5 Weslaco 10.75 35,720 76 79 81
6 Pharr 11.83 70,119 76 79 81
7 Hidalgo 16.42 11,190 76 79 81
8 Mission 18.17 76,784 76 79 81
9 Edinburg 19.17 77,174 76 79 81
10 Laredo 23.42 236,063 76 79 81
11 Mercedes 47.33 15,803 74 82 91
12 Raymondville 47.58 11,182 74 82 91
13 San Benito 48.25 24,355 74 82 91
14 Uvalde 50.83 15,849 102 83 92
15 Vernon 50.83 11,041 90 99 93
16 Brownsville 51.42 175,210 74 82 91
17 Harlingen 52.42 64,947 74 82 91
18 Del Rio 54.42 35,471 102 83 92
19 Eagle Pass 57.33 26,383 102 83 92
20 Burkburnett 60.0 10,773 90 99 93
21 Wichita Falls 61.0 104,152 90 99 93
22 Plainview 61.67 22,098 94 91 101
23 Paris 65.17 25,180 89 91 87
24 San Antonio 66.25 1,335,287 102 83 92
25 South Houston 67.75 16,997 101 86 91
26 Denison 67.83 22,655 89 91 87
27 Levelland 68.17 13,558 94 91 101
28 Jacksonville 68.5 14,550 96 95 91
29 Live Oak 68.83 13,269 102 83 92
30 Jacinto City 69.5 10,572 101 86 91
31 Bonham 69.75 10,147 89 91 87
32 Kerrville 69.92 22,344 102 83 92
33 Leon Valley 69.92 10,271 102 83 92
34 Galena Park 70.42 10,907 101 86 91
35 Borger 70.5 13,144 92 98 100
36 Seguin 71.08 25,477 94 90 95
37 Pampa 71.75 18,122 92 98 100
38 Athens 72.25 12,728 96 95 91
39 La Marque 72.25 14,626 101 86 91
40 Universal City 72.33 18,502 102 83 92
41 Gainesville 72.5 16,012 89 91 87
42 Hereford 72.75 15,284 92 98 100
43 Converse 72.83 18,349 102 83 92
44 Palestine 73.25 18,647 96 95 91
45 Sherman 73.83 38,499 89 91 87
46 Sulphur Springs 74.17 15,461 96 95 91
47 Baytown 74.17 71,790 101 86 91
48 Richmond 74.17 11,703 101 86 91
49 Lubbock 74.33 229,428 94 91 101
50 Texas City 74.75 45,235 101 86 91
51 Rosenberg 75.67 30,665 101 86 91
52 Alvin 76.33 24,582 101 86 91
53 Humble 76.33 15,155 101 86 91
54 Dumas 76.5 14,618 92 98 100
55 Schertz 77.0 31,934 102 83 92
56 Bryan 78.33 76,082 96 85 99
57 San Marcos 78.5 46,131 94 90 95
58 Freeport 78.67 12,107 95 83 99
59 Webster 79.33 10,454 101 86 91
60 Fredericksburg 80.17 10,556 102 83 92
61 Dickinson 80.17 18,748 101 86 91
62 Huntsville 80.17 38,682 96 85 99
63 Houston 80.17 2,107,449 101 86 91
64 Brenham 81.33 15,785 96 85 99
65 Boerne 81.42 10,618 102 83 92
66 Clute 81.42 11,202 95 83 99
67 Amarillo 82.17 191,118 92 98 100
68 Port Lavaca 82.42 12,224 95 83 99
69 Galveston 82.5 48,352 101 86 91
70 La Porte 82.5 33,859 101 86 91
71 Gatesville 82.58 15,779 93 83 101
72 Conroe 83.25 57,380 96 85 99
73 Waco 83.5 124,843 99 79 99
74 Deer Park 83.67 32,098 101 86 91
75 Santa Fe 83.67 12,322 101 86 91
76 Bay City 84.33 17,588 95 83 99
77 El Campo 85.17 11,551 95 83 99
78 Tyler 85.67 97,125 96 95 91
79 Socorro 85.75 31,912 93 103 89
80 Canyon 85.83 13,452 92 98 100
81 New Braunfels 86.0 57,776 94 90 95
82 Sweetwater 86.33 10,824 101 92 94
83 Tomball 87.33 10,732 96 85 99
84 Katy 87.92 14,363 101 86 91
85 Stafford 88.08 17,565 101 86 91
86 Beeville 89.67 13,058 97 83 95
87 Angleton 89.83 18,897 95 83 99
88 Pearland 90.33 90,347 101 86 91
89 Robstown 90.33 11,566 97 83 95
90 League City 90.33 83,026 101 86 91
91 Snyder 90.42 11,169 101 92 94
92 Cibolo 90.83 15,541 94 90 95
93 Seabrook 90.92 11,955 101 86 91
94 College Station 90.92 93,663 96 85 99
95 Missouri City 91.25 67,173 101 86 91
96 Port Arthur 91.33 54,022 90 98 95
97 Vidor 91.92 10,735 90 98 95
98 Kingsville 91.92 26,103 97 83 95
99 Alice 91.92 19,222 97 83 95
100 Texarkana 92.17 36,548 114 92 86

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