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Housing Cost Comparison

Houston’s housing costs are among the lowest of the major U.S. metro areas.
Published on 11/2/22

*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 ‘22 (Data based on a survey of 265 urban areas, published October 2022)

  • At 18.1 percent below the national average, Houston’s housing costs are the second most affordable among the most populous U.S. metros, according to the C2ER Cost of Living Index for Q3 ‘22. Furthermore, housing costs in Houston are 89.8 percent below the average of the most populous U.S. metros. Lower housing costs are one of the reasons Houston’s overall living costs are 35.5 percent below the large-metro average. (This housing index is based 69.7 percent on homeownership and 30.3 percent on rental occupancy).
  • Excluding the two most expensive housing markets—New York and San Francisco—which tend to skew the average, Houston’s housing costs are still 63.0 percent below the major metro average.
Living in Houston
-18.1 percent

Houston’s housing costs are 18.1 percent below the nationwide average


Housing costs in Houston are the 2nd lowest among the top 20 U.S. metros

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