These Are The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In Texas For 2018


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 for 2018:

  1. University Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Coppell (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Murphy (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Highland Village (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Addison (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Frisco (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Plano (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Forney (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Rockwall (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Allen (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So hopefully Donna (the cheapest place to live in Texas) can show these guys how to live on a budget in the coming years. Read on for how these places had costs rise faster than inflation.

And if you already knew these places were expensive, check out the best places to live in Texas or the cheapest.

1. University Park

University Park, Texas

Population: 23,241
Services: 114
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 104
Housing: 439
Transportation: 90
Utilities: 104
More on University Park: Homes For Sale | Data
University Park is a city in Dallas County, Texas, United States, an inner northern suburb of Dallas. The population was 23,068 at the 2010 census. The city is home to Southern Methodist University.

2. Coppell

Coppell, Texas

Population: 39,212
Services: 114
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 104
Housing: 143
Transportation: 90
Utilities: 104
More on Coppell: Homes For Sale | Data
Coppell is a city in the northwest corner of Dallas County in the U.S. state of Texas. It is a suburb of Dallas and a bedroom community in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. The population was 38,659 at the 2010 census. A small area in the far northern portion of the city extends into neighboring Denton County.

3. Murphy

Murphy, Texas

Population: 17,496
Services: 102
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 102
Housing: 158
Transportation: 147
Utilities: 102
More on Murphy: Homes For Sale | Data
Murphy is a city in suburban Collin County, Texas, United States. The 2010 census reported the population as 17,708, compared to 3,099 in 2000. Murphy is located northeast of Dallas and has a history that goes back to the late 1800s.

4. Highland Village

Highland Village, Texas

Population: 15,144
Services: 102
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 102
Housing: 157
Transportation: 147
Utilities: 102
More on Highland Village: Homes For Sale | Data
Highland Village is a city in Denton County, Texas, United States. It is a suburb of Dallas, hugging the south side of the far western branch of Lewisville Lake. As of the 2010 United States Census the city’s population was 15,056.

5. Addison

Addison, Texas

Population: 13,643
Services: 102
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 102
Housing: 136
Transportation: 147
Utilities: 102
More on Addison: Homes For Sale | Data
Addison is an incorporated town in Dallas County, Texas, in the United States. Addison is situated to the immediate north of the city of Dallas. The town’s population was 13,056 at the 2010 census. Addison and Flower Mound were the only two Texas towns with a population greater than 10,000 in the 2010 census; since then the towns of Prosper and Trophy Club have also exceeded 10,000 in population estimates. Addison is best-known within the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex region for its abundance of restaurants and nightlife.

6. Frisco

Frisco, Texas

Population: 116,944
Services: 102
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 102
Housing: 136
Transportation: 147
Utilities: 102
More on Frisco: Homes For Sale | Data
Frisco is a city in Collin and Denton counties in Texas. It is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, and is approximately 25 miles from both Dallas Love Field and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

7. Plano

Plano, Texas

Population: 263,122
Services: 102
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 102
Housing: 119
Transportation: 147
Utilities: 102
More on Plano: Homes For Sale | Data
Plano is a city in the U.S. state of Texas, located twenty miles northeast of downtown Dallas. The city of Plano is a part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. Plano lies mostly within Collin County, but with a small portion that extends into Denton County.

8. Forney

Forney, Texas

Population: 14,692
Services: 114
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 104
Housing: 99
Transportation: 90
Utilities: 104
More on Forney: Homes For Sale | Data

9. Rockwall

Rockwall, Texas

Population: 37,842
Services: 102
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 102
Housing: 116
Transportation: 147
Utilities: 102
More on Rockwall: Homes For Sale | Data
Rockwall is a city in Rockwall County, Texas, United States, which is part of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. It is the county seat of Rockwall County. The population was 37,490 at the 2010 census. The name Rockwall is derived from a naturally jointed geological formation, which has the appearance of an artificial wall.

10. Allen

Allen, Texas

Population: 84,387
Services: 102
Groceries: 101
Health Care: 102
Housing: 116
Transportation: 147
Utilities: 102
More on Allen: Homes For Sale | Data
Allen is a city in Collin County, Texas, a northern suburb of Dallas. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city had a total population of 84,246.

How We Determined The Most Expensive Places To Live In The Lone Star State For 2018

Cheapest And Most Expensive Places To Live In Texas Map
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.

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.

San Francisco has a score of 243 meaning it’s almost 2.5 times as expensive as the average place in the country.

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 expensive city in the Lone Star State.

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

  1. Donna
  2. Alamo
  3. Alton

For more Texas reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Texas

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

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