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Houston offers a low cost of living while maintaining a high quality of life with the amenities expected in a world-class city.
Published on 11/5/19
Cost of Living Comparison - Q3 '19

Cost of Living Comparison Q3 19

*Metro areas represented by most dominant urban area. Riverside, California is among the 20 most populous metros, but did not submit COLI data.
Source: Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER), Cost of Living Index, Q3 2019 (Data based on a survey of 255 urban areas, published October 2019).


The C2ER Cost of Living Index for Q3 ’19 indicates that Houston’s living costs are 4.0 percent below the nationwide average and 26.3 percent below the average of the nation’s 20 most populous metropolitan areas, ranking it third most affordable among its peers. 


Elizabeth Balderrama
Manager, Research

Patrick Jankowski, CERP
Senior Vice President, Research

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Houston is the 3rd most affordable among the nation's 20 biggest metros


Houston's living costs are 26.3% below the top 20 metro average

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