These Are The 10 Most Expensive Cities In Texas


We used science and data to determine which cities in Texas that will put a big dent in your wallet.

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Everyone wants a home that mixes affordability with comfort and Texas does this very well. Families love the Lone Star State’s beaches, midlands, and mountains as tourists before moving here and calling it home.

But before you decide to relocate, you have to do some research into the exact cost of living around the state — and that’s how we’re going to help you.

These are the places in Texas that cost a pretty penny — the most expensive cities in the state. After we saved up for months and could finally afford it, we landed on this list of the ten most expensive cities in Texas:

  1. University Park (Photos)
  2. Murphy (Photos)
  3. Highland Village (Photos)
  4. Coppell (Photos)
  5. Addison (Photos)
  6. Southlake (Photos)
  7. Frisco (Photos)
  8. Colleyville (Photos)
  9. Lakeway (Photos)
  10. Plano (Photos)

If you’re wondering, Donna is the most affordable city in Texas.

Read on to see why these places cost so much more than average. Or check out the most affordable places in Texas.

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How We Determined The Most Expensive Cities 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 most expensive.

For reference, the United State averages a cost of living 100. A score below 100 means that the city has a below average cost of living while a score over 100 has a high cost of living for that category.

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.

The city with the highest cost of living index, University Park, rank as being the most expensive.

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1. University Park

University Park, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,761
Services Index: 114
Groceries Index: 107
Housing Index: 439
Healthcare Index: 104
Transportation Index: 90
Utilities Index: 104

2. Murphy

Murphy, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,154
Services Index: 102
Groceries Index: 101
Housing Index: 158
Healthcare Index: 102
Transportation Index: 147
Utilities Index: 102

3. Highland Village

Highland Village, Texas

Source: Flickr

Population: 15,589
Services Index: 102
Groceries Index: 101
Housing Index: 157
Healthcare Index: 102
Transportation Index: 147
Utilities Index: 102

4. Coppell

Coppell, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 40,021
Services Index: 114
Groceries Index: 107
Housing Index: 143
Healthcare Index: 104
Transportation Index: 90
Utilities Index: 104

5. Addison

Addison, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,594
Services Index: 102
Groceries Index: 101
Housing Index: 136
Healthcare Index: 102
Transportation Index: 147
Utilities Index: 102

6. Southlake

Southlake, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,755
Services Index: 115
Groceries Index: 90
Housing Index: 226
Healthcare Index: 102
Transportation Index: 95
Utilities Index: 97

7. Frisco

Frisco, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 130,499
Services Index: 102
Groceries Index: 101
Housing Index: 136
Healthcare Index: 102
Transportation Index: 147
Utilities Index: 102

8. Colleyville

Colleyville, Texas

Source: Flickr

Population: 23,928
Services Index: 115
Groceries Index: 90
Housing Index: 221
Healthcare Index: 102
Transportation Index: 95
Utilities Index: 97

9. Lakeway

Lakeway, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,709
Services Index: 105
Groceries Index: 87
Housing Index: 191
Healthcare Index: 104
Transportation Index: 96
Utilities Index: 98

10. Plano

Plano, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 271,166
Services Index: 102
Groceries Index: 101
Housing Index: 119
Healthcare Index: 102
Transportation Index: 147
Utilities Index: 102

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck

Well there you have it, the places in Texas that have the highest cost of living, with University Park ranking as the most exensive city in the Lone Star State.

If you’re curious, here are the most least expensive cities in Texas:

  1. Donna
  2. Alamo
  3. Alton

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Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Texas

City Rank Population Services Groceries Healthcare Housing Transportation Utilities
University Park 1 23,761 114 107 104 439 90 104
Murphy 2 19,154 102 101 102 158 147 102
Highland Village 3 15,589 102 101 102 157 147 102
Coppell 4 40,021 114 107 104 143 90 104
Addison 5 14,594 102 101 102 136 147 102
Southlake 6 27,755 115 90 102 226 95 97
Frisco 7 130,499 102 101 102 136 147 102
Colleyville 8 23,928 115 90 102 221 95 97
Lakeway 9 12,709 105 87 104 191 96 98
Plano 10 271,166 102 101 102 119 147 102
Flower Mound 11 67,630 115 90 102 149 95 97
Allen 12 89,845 102 101 102 116 147 102
Rockwall 13 39,948 102 101 102 116 147 102
Sachse 14 21,790 102 101 102 112 147 102
Keller 15 41,913 115 90 102 144 95 97
Rowlett 16 57,532 102 101 102 111 147 102
Mckinney 17 144,066 102 101 102 107 147 102
Richardson 18 103,752 102 101 102 106 147 102
Little Elm 19 30,213 102 101 102 104 147 102
Grapevine 20 48,671 115 90 102 121 95 97
Austin 21 864,218 105 87 104 116 96 98
Forney 22 16,017 114 107 104 99 90 104
Corinth 23 20,432 102 101 102 97 147 102
Carrollton 24 124,501 102 101 102 97 147 102
West University Place 25 15,223 101 86 91 368 89 94
Bellaire 26 17,533 101 86 91 267 89 94
Mansfield 27 59,757 115 90 102 108 95 97
The Colony 28 38,690 102 101 102 92 147 102
Midlothian 29 19,590 114 107 104 93 90 104
Lewisville 30 99,039 102 101 102 90 147 102
Glenn Heights 31 11,671 114 107 104 91 90 104
Farmers Branch 32 30,261 114 107 104 90 90 104
Sugar Land 33 82,420 101 86 91 146 89 94
Cedar Hill 34 46,414 114 107 104 88 90 104
Denton 35 122,742 102 101 102 85 147 102
Desoto 36 50,837 114 107 104 85 90 104
Red Oak 37 11,149 114 107 104 85 90 104
Kyle 38 30,664 105 87 104 96 96 98
Irving 39 224,859 114 107 104 83 90 104
Waxahachie 40 31,045 114 107 104 81 90 104
Friendswood 41 37,001 101 86 91 124 89 94
Grand Prairie 42 181,135 114 107 104 78 90 104
Bedford 43 48,104 115 90 102 90 95 97
Cedar Park 44 58,088 96 84 102 108 89 98
Garland 45 232,305 102 101 102 76 147 102
Dallas 46 1,240,985 114 107 104 78 90 104
North Richland Hills 47 65,835 115 90 102 88 95 97
Duncanville 48 39,315 114 107 104 77 90 104
Euless 49 52,649 115 90 102 87 95 97
Georgetown 50 53,007 96 84 102 104 89 98
Cibolo 51 22,744 94 90 95 119 89 87
Pflugerville 52 52,138 96 84 102 102 89 98
Crowley 53 13,762 115 90 102 84 95 97
Leander 54 30,040 96 84 102 101 89 98
Missouri City 55 69,152 101 86 91 109 89 94
Hutto 56 18,839 96 84 102 101 89 98
Lancaster 57 37,731 114 107 104 72 90 104
Longview 58 82,030 103 91 103 73 100 111
Burleson 59 39,335 115 90 102 82 95 97
Boerne 60 11,674 102 83 92 120 85 87
Round Rock 61 106,972 96 84 102 99 89 98
Seabrook 62 12,437 101 86 91 108 89 94
Watauga 63 23,999 115 90 102 81 95 97
Saginaw 64 20,840 115 90 102 81 95 97
Midland 65 119,409 100 93 96 88 106 87
Ennis 66 18,674 114 107 104 70 90 104
Benbrook 67 21,898 115 90 102 80 95 97
Weatherford 68 26,490 115 90 102 80 95 97
Pearland 69 97,427 101 86 91 105 89 94
League City 70 88,979 101 86 91 105 89 94
Hurst 71 38,140 115 90 102 79 95 97
Arlington 72 375,305 115 90 102 79 95 97
Fredericksburg 73 10,707 102 83 92 111 85 87
College Station 74 98,505 96 85 99 98 89 94
Terrell 75 16,146 114 107 104 64 90 104
Fort Worth 76 778,573 115 90 102 75 95 97
Seagoville 77 15,379 114 107 104 64 90 104
Portland 78 15,420 97 83 95 86 92 119
Balch Springs 79 24,693 114 107 104 63 90 104
Azle 80 10,744 115 90 102 72 95 97
Harker Heights 81 27,757 93 83 101 91 96 96
Stafford 82 17,990 101 86 91 95 89 94
Robinson 83 11,051 99 79 99 91 97 91
Lockhart 84 12,966 105 87 104 70 96 98
Katy 85 15,071 101 86 91 94 89 94
Lumberton 86 12,153 90 98 95 85 96 95
Henderson 87 13,723 103 91 103 60 100 111
Hewitt 88 13,905 99 79 99 88 97 91
Greenville 89 25,892 102 101 102 55 147 102
Forest Hill 90 12,612 115 90 102 66 95 97
Stephenville 91 18,387 115 90 102 66 95 97
Lake Jackson 92 27,224 95 83 99 84 90 102
New Braunfels 93 61,712 94 90 95 93 89 87
Nacogdoches 94 33,589 100 98 95 67 96 104
Schertz 95 35,093 102 83 92 96 85 87
Marshall 96 24,424 103 91 103 56 100 111
Port Neches 97 12,877 90 98 95 79 96 95
Tomball 98 11,030 96 85 99 86 89 94
Cleburne 99 29,765 115 90 102 64 95 97
Corsicana 100 23,968 114 107 104 53 90 104

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