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    How Much Apartment Can You Afford in Texas vs. California?

    By Nicole Spector,

    15 days ago
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    Though they do have certain things in common, such as mild winters in most regions and diverse economies, Texas and California are wildly dissimilar. The starkest difference between the two is their respective politics. California is as blue as it gets, while Texas is firmly Republican. And then, of course, there’s the discrepancy between costs of living. Texas is a radically cheaper place to live — so much so that droves of Californians are relocating to the Lone Star State.

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    The cost of living in Texas is 7% lower than the national average, according to RentCafe, and the cost of housing is 17% lower. It’s quite a different story in California, where, according to RentCafe, the cost of living is 38% higher than the national average and the cost of housing is 97% higher. Obviously, you can get a bigger, probably nicer place to rent in Texas than you could in most of California for the same price if not less, but let’s get specific.

    GOBankingRates analyzed cities in California and Texas to find the average rent for overall apartments, the average rent for one-bedroom apartments and the average rent for two-bedroom apartments — all sourced from ApartmentList.com.

    Here’s a look at how much apartment you can afford in Texas and California cities with a livability index of 75 and up (as sourced from AreaVibes). Cities are listed in order from lowest to highest livability .

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    Forney, Texas

    • Population: 25,269
    • Livability index: 75
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $1,662
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,445
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $1,887

    Farmers Branch, Texas

    • Population: 35,985
    • Livability index: 75
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $1,767
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,642
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $1,952

    West Hollywood, California

    • Population: 35,358
    • Livability index: 75
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $2,115
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,961
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $2,547

    Rocklin, California

    • Population: 71,676
    • Livability index: 75
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $2,433
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,895
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $2,419

    Abilene, Texas

    • Population: 126,356
    • Livability index: 75
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $1,085
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $845
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $1,083

    Santa Monica, California

    • Population: 92,168
    • Livability index: 75
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $2,472
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $2,340
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $2,805

    Chula Vista, California

    • Population: 276,103
    • Livability index: 75
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $2,367
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,739
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $2,275

    San Francisco

    • Population: 851,036
    • Livability index: 75
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $2,673
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $2,698
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $3,198

    San Diego

    • Population: 1,383,987
    • Livability index: 75
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $2,309
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,968
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $2,466

    Waxahachie, Texas

    • Population: 41,801
    • Livability index: 76
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $1,557
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,478
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $1,451

    Hurst, Texas

    • Population: 40,053
    • Livability index: 76
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $1,353
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,227
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $1,428

    Temple, Texas

    • Population: 83,473
    • Livability index: 76
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $1,028
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $840
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $1,005

    Newport Beach, California

    • Population: 85,159
    • Livability index: 76
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $3,210
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $2,677
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $3,324

    League City, Texas

    • Population: 113,469
    • Livability index: 76
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $1,661
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,360
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $1,720

    Burbank, California

    • Population: 106,389
    • Livability index: 76
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $2,108
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,803
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $2,428

    Hayward, California

    • Population: 160,602
    • Livability index: 76
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $2,503
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $2,251
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $2,532

    Santa Rosa, California

    • Population: 178,221
    • Livability index: 76
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $1,895
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,457
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $1,962

    Irvine, California

    • Population: 304,527
    • Livability index: 76
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $2,959
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $2,511
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $3,079

    Emeryville, California

    • Population: 12,840
    • Livability index: 77
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $2,937
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $2,846
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $3,436

    San Bruno, California

    • Population: 43,218
    • Livability index: 77
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $2,867
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $2,447
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $2,968

    Galveston, Texas

    • Population: 53,265
    • Livability index: 77
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $1,311
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,145
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $1,395

    La Mesa, California

    • Population: 60,888
    • Livability index: 77
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $2,091
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,853
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $2,221

    Allen, Texas

    • Population: 105,444
    • Livability index: 77
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $1,777
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,422
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $1,806

    Carlsbad, California

    • Population: 114,745
    • Livability index: 77
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $2,274
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,894
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $2,244

    Carrollton, Texas

    • Population: 132,284
    • Livability index: 77
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $1,581
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,327
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $1,664

    Roseville, California

    • Population: 148,879
    • Livability index: 77
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $2,095
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,709
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $2,132

    Boerne, Texas

    • Population: 18,475
    • Livability index: 78
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $1,501
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,249
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $1,473

    Aliso Viejo, California

    • Population: 51,896
    • Livability index: 78
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $2,925
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $2,557
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $3,019

    Camarillo, California

    • Population: 70,622
    • Livability index: 78
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $2,591
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $2,108
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $2,537

    San Marcos, Texas

    • Population: 67,143
    • Livability index: 78
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $1,204
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,091
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $1,245

    Berkeley, California

    • Population: 121,385
    • Livability index: 78
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $1,941
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,790
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $2,160

    Midland, Texas

    • Population: 132,490
    • Livability index: 78
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $1,676
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,421
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $1,762

    Frisco, Texas

    • Population: 202,075
    • Livability index: 78
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $1,861
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,489
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $1,944

    Irving, Texas

    • Population: 254,962
    • Livability index: 78
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $1,444
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,270
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $1,563

    Arlington, Texas

    • Population: 393,469
    • Livability index: 78
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $1,347
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,164
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $1,372

    Coppell, Texas

    • Population: 42,513
    • Livability index: 79
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $1,795
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,387
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $1,852

    Bedford, Texas

    • Population: 49,455
    • Livability index: 79
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $1,361
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,191
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $1,538

    Vacaville, California

    • Population: 101,631
    • Livability index: 79
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $2,428
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,884
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $2,313

    Santa Clara, California

    • Population: 128,058
    • Livability index: 79
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $3,014
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $2,740
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $3,140

    Grand Prairie, Texas

    • Population: 197,279
    • Livability index: 79
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $1,431
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,213
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $1,459

    San Jose, California

    • Population: 1,001,176
    • Livability index: 79
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $2,792
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $2,429
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $2,882

    Round Rock, Texas

    • Population: 120,465
    • Livability index: 80
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $1,469
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,193
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $1,443

    Corpus Christi, Texas

    • Population: 317,804
    • Livability index: 80
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $1,249
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,036
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $1,267

    Fort Worth, Texas

    • Population: 924,663
    • Livability index: 80
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $1,381
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,179
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $1,361

    San Antonio

    • Population: 1,445,662
    • Livability index: 80
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $1,209
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,033
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $1,272

    Leander, Texas

    • Population: 62,491
    • Livability index: 81
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $1,640
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,207
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $1,276

    San Mateo, California

    • Population: 104,165
    • Livability index: 81
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $3,178
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $2,815
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $3,526

    Pearland, Texas

    • Population: 124,478
    • Livability index: 81
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $1,572
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,357
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $1,620

    El Paso, Texas

    • Population: 677,181
    • Livability index: 81
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $1,134
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $903
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $1,081

    Dallas

    • Population: 1,300,642
    • Livability index: 81
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $1,354
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,237
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $1,464

    Pflugerville, Texas

    • Population: 64,528
    • Livability index: 82
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $1,628
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,352
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $1,562

    College Station, Texas

    • Population: 120,451
    • Livability index: 82
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $1,200
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,045
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $1,106

    Sunnyvale, California

    • Population: 154,573
    • Livability index: 82
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $3,048
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $2,758
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $3,236

    Grapevine, Texas

    • Population: 50,763
    • Livability index: 83
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $1,858
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,601
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $1,949

    Cedar Park, Texas

    • Population: 76,344
    • Livability index: 83
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $1,575
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,257
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $1,615

    Georgetown, Texas

    • Population: 71,788
    • Livability index: 83
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $1,489
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,226
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $1,508

    New Braunfels, Texas

    • Population: 92,993
    • Livability index: 83
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $1,398
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,284
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $1,389

    Fremont, California

    • Population: 228,795
    • Livability index: 83
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $2,716
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $2,257
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $2,735

    Plano, Texas

    • Population: 284,948
    • Livability index: 83
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $1,731
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,432
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $1,812

    Austin, Texas

    • Population: 958,202
    • Livability index: 83
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $1,470
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,302
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $1,585

    Milpitas, California

    • Population: 79,092
    • Livability index: 84
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $2,952
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $2,661
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $2,949

    Pleasanton, California

    • Population: 78,691
    • Livability index: 84
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $2,733
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $2,146
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $2,767

    Richardson, Texas

    • Population: 118,063
    • Livability index: 84
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $1,696
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,418
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $1,812

    Dublin, California

    • Population: 71,068
    • Livability index: 85
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $3,130
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $2,681
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $3,104

    Redwood City, California

    • Population: 83,077
    • Livability index: 85
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $3,035
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $2,693
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $3,411

    Daly City, California

    • Population: 103,648
    • Livability index: 85
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $2,847
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $2,535
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $3,121

    Denton, Texas

    • Population: 142,262
    • Livability index: 85
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $1,340
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,113
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $1,390

    Livermore, California

    • Population: 87,154
    • Livability index: 86
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $2,573
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,937
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $2,519

    Mountain View, California

    • Population: 82,132
    • Livability index: 86
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $2,944
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $2,699
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $3,282

    The Woodlands, Texas

    • Population: 118,402
    • Livability index: 91
    • Average rent for an apartment overall: $1,737
    • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,272
    • Average rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $1,694

    Methodology: For this study, GOBankingRates analyzed cities in California and Texas to find the average price for apartments by bedroom size; overall, one-bedroom and two-bedroom. First, GOBankingRates found the total population, total households, median household income all sourced from the U.S. Census American Community Survey, the average rent for overall apartments, average rent for one-bedroom apartments, and average rent for two-bedroom apartments all sourced from ApartmentList.com, the livability index as sourced from AreaVibes, the cost of living indexes as sourced from Sperlings BestPlaces, and the average expenditure costs for all residents as sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Expenditure Survey for all residents. Using the cost of living indexes and the average expenditure costs, the average expenditure costs for each city can be calculated. The average rent by bedroom sizes can be added to the expenditure cost to find the average total cost of living for different bedroom sizes. The cities were sorted by total population to show costs of living in different cities at different sizes to find the apartments you can afford in Texas and California. All data was collected on and is up to date as of May 28, 2024.

    This article originally appeared on GOBankingRates.com : How Much Apartment Can You Afford in Texas vs. California?

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