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Cost of Living in Austin: Discover Your Budget with Our Calculator

Updated: May 7

Moving to Austin, Texas? Calculate Your Cost of Living To Avoid Surprises

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Howdy everyone, it's Or Yochanan here, and in this blog post, I'm going to share details about this amazing tools I built to help my clients budget their move more accurately to mitigate the risk of unexpected expenses while moving, which surprisingly can turn out to be alot

This tool will also help you figure out how much you need to make in order to live in Austin, Texas. Austin is a vibrant city with a booming Tech Hub and a prestigious public education system.And while it's not dirt cheap, you can still afford to live well without breaking the bank. So, let's dive in and explore different scenarios to determine if Austin can be the right fit for you.

Before we start, I want to make it clear that I am not a financial advisor. The numbers provided here are based on research and data, but they may not be 100% accurate for your specific situation. Every family has different preferences and needs, so consider using this information as a starting point and consult a professional for personalized advice.

About The Cost of Living Calculator:

To help you make informed decisions, I've developed a Cost of Living Calculator that takes into account various factors. The tool is divided into three segments:

1. Housing: Depending on the desired size of your house, location (Downtown or suburbs), and whether you're renting or buying, the costs will differ. I've integrated MLS data and other parameters to provide you with accurate estimates.

2. Personal Situation: Input the number of adults, children, and vehicles in your household. This segment also considers if you're filing taxes separately or jointly, providing a comprehensive view of your expenses.

3. Average Baseline: I've gathered data from various sources to give you a baseline of average expenses in Austin.

Example Scenarios:

Let's go through some example scenarios to give you a clearer picture:

1. Young Individual Renting in Downtown Austin:

Based on an average rent of $2,400, you'll need to make about $48,000 annually to rent a small condo downtown.

2. Young Couple Renting in Central Austin:

Renting a place between 1,000 to 1,600 square feet would require a combined income of $78,000. If you own a car, the income needed would be $93,000.

3. Family Renting in Northern Suburbs:

For a larger family with two adults, two children in public school, and one toddler, renting a place between 1,600 to 2,500 square feet would necessitate an income of $129,000.

4. Family Moving from High-Cost Area:

If you're moving from a high-cost area and planning to buy a larger house (2,500 to 4,000 square feet) with a 25% down payment, you'd need to make around $169,000 and have $185,000 in the bank.


Moving to Austin offers plenty of choices for everyone. Whether you're a young individual or a family, you can find a suitable lifestyle based on your preferences and financial situation. Make sure to conduct due diligence and use the Cost of Living Calculator to make informed decisions.

If you want to determine your cost of living in Austin or want access to the Cost of Living Calculator, leave a comment or reach out to me. I'm here to help you make the best choices for your future in Austin.


"Let data be your compass, and you'll never lose your way"



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