10 of the Cheapest Places to Live in Texas

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Are you planning to move to Texas? If so, you are in good company. The Lone Star State is a magnet for people from elsewhere in the United States.

Since the start of 2020, more than 380,000 newcomers have arrived, the state’s center for demography said. The growth of foreign immigrants and new births has slowed, but “net inward migration” has exploded, accounting for 55% of state growth since 2020.

What is it about? Three things, mainly, the state of the controller office found:

Here are several major cities in and around Texas where the cost of living is 15% or more lower than the U.S. average, according to Salaire.com.

Abilene

Abilene, Texas
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Comparison of the cost of living with the national average: 15% lower

Population at the 2021 census: 125,070

Abilene, Texas, was created in 1881. The town is named after Abilene, Kansas, a cattle shipping center located at the end of the 800-mile Chisholm Trail. In the mid-1800s, cowboys herded cattle from San Antonio on this three-month journey, according to Clio.

Amarillo

Amarillo, TX
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Comparison of the cost of living with the national average: 15.4% lower

Population at the 2021 census: 201 234

Refuel in this bustling city along the famous Route 66.

Fun aside, life is just a lot cheaper in Amarillo. Housing prices, for example, are 34.8% lower than the national average and food prices are 18.6% lower.

Brownsville

Brownville, TX
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Comparison of the cost of living with the national average: 22.6% lower

Population at the 2021 census: 187 831

Brownsville is on the Gulf Coast of Texas at the southernmost tip of Texas. The city was built on the north bank of the Rio Grande.

Brownsville is only a few miles from South Padre Island, a popular vacation spot on the Gulf Coast of Texas.

El Paso

El Paso, TX
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Comparison of the cost of living with the national average: 15.8% lower

Population at the 2021 census: 678 415

The city of El Paso holds 7th place on US News & World Report ranking of the best places to live in Texas.

Among the reasons: US News gives El Paso a 6.6 (out of 10) for quality of life. There are local sports like white water rafting, canoeing and fishing on the Rio Grande and hiking and rock climbing in nearby state parks and in the high desert. Franklin Mountains.

Harlingen

Harlingen, TX
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Comparison of the cost of living with the national average: 26.6% less

Population at the 2021 census: 71,925

Harlingen is Brownsville’s close cousin, with Harlingen about 26 miles north via the Interstate.

The Brownsville-Harlingen subway station is in the “subtropical valley of the lower Rio Grande, a vast area stretching 60 miles west and 30 miles north”, with cross-border trade and manufacturing contributing to a thriving economy.

Killine

Houses in Killeen, Texas
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Comparison of the cost of living with the national average: 18.2% lower

Population at the 2021 census: 156 261

One of Killeen’s defining features is the huge nearby US Army base of Fort Hood. The 214,968 acre military facility is one of the largest in the United States. Its website calls Killeen and other surrounding towns “a model of support” for Army families.

Laredo

Laredo, Texas
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Comparison of the cost of living with the national average: 19.4% less

Population at the 2021 census: 256 153

The streets of Laredo are busier and the economy much more diverse than in 1969 when Marty Robbins and Johnny Cash sang a version of this sad song on the town’s cowboy days.

Laredo, like Brownsville, is located on the Rio Grande River on the US-Mexico border with its twin city, Nuevo Laredo, across the river on the Mexican side.

McAllen

Rio Grande River, McAllen, Texas
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Comparison of the cost of living with the national average: 23.6% less

Population at the 2021 census: 143,920

Even though McAllen the median house price has increased almost 21% from June 2021 to July 2022, reaching $208,218, home ownership is still very affordable there compared to the current national median house price of $355,852.

Temple

Temple, Texas
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Comparison of the cost of living with the national average: 18% lower

Population at the 2021 census: 85,416

The city of Temple is in the middle of plan for growth in its ten districts. Together with residents, planners develop long-term goals for planned projects and investments.

waco

Waco, TX
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Comparison of the cost of living with the national average: 19.1% less

Population at the 2021 census: 139 594

Waco, located along the Brazos Riveris halfway between Austin and Dallas.

The city is home to Baylor University, a private Christian school with 20,626 students as of fall 2021, with more than 5,000 enrolled in graduate programs. Baylor recently received recognition for its achievements as a research center university.

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