Cost of Living in California VS Texas 【2022】 – DATAROMA

Average cost of living in Texas is $800 less than in California

cost of living in california vs texas

We use a US average of 100 to calculate our cost of living indexes. Anything below 100 indicates California VS Texas is more affordable than the US average. Whereas California VS Texas is more expensive than the US average because the cost of living index is above 100.

Average Cost of living California Vs Texas 2022

CategoryCalifornia City, CATexas City, TXUnited States
 Overall95.282.0100
 Food & Groceries97.394.9100
 Health88.8101.0100
 Housing69.052.1100
 Median Home Cost$159,600$120,500$231,200
 Utilities117.791.9100
 Transportation121.385.5100
 Miscellaneous102.2102.9100
When compared side to side, California is clearly more expensive than Texas. While the rent in California is cheaper, around 23% cheaper, owning a home in Cali is much more expensive. The utility bill is almost 22% higher in Cali when compared to Texas. Not to mention the transportation cost, which is a lot higher in Cali than it is in Texas.

Detailed Cost of living Texas VS California 2022

Utilities (Monthly)
Sacramento, CAAustin, TXDifference (%)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage)181.55 $142.00 $     -21.79 %
Local Prepaid Mobile Tariff0.18 $0.06 $     -68.57 %
Internet57.59 $63.07 $     +9.52 %
Clothing And Shoes
Sacramento, CAAustin, TX
Pair of Jeans41.85 $46.95 $     +12.21 %
Summer Dress35.00 $36.32 $     +3.77 %
Pair of Nike Running Shoes72.54 $84.27 $     +16.18 %
Pair of Men’s Leather Shoes95.30 $104.70 $     +9.86 %
Rent Per Month
Sacramento, CAAustin, TX
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City1,609.71 $1,990.70 $     +23.67 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of the City1,369.20 $1,322.77 $     -3.39 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City2,757.69 $3,377.59 $     +22.48 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of the City2,137.50 $2,263.32 $     +5.89 %
Buy Apartment Price
Sacramento, CAAustin, TX
Price / Square Meter9,509.15 $5,766.29 $     -39.36 %
Price / Square Meter2,634.95 $2,497.53 $     -5.22 %
Salaries And Financing
Sacramento, CAAustin, TX
Average Monthly Salary3,915.25 $5,763.27 $     +47.20 %
Mortgage Interest Rate (%), Yearly,  Fixed-Rate3.453.32     -3.84 %

Overview of Cost of Living in California VS Texas

In terms of rent and utilities, the cost of living in Texas is higher than in California. The prices are an average comparison of the capital cities of both states.