Do you spend more than the average household budget in Houston?


And how does that compare to the average costs of these necessary monthly expenses in Houston?

To help you answer that question, looked at data compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Expenditure Surveys for 2016-17, the most recent period. The study shows annual spending by consumer units – defined as a household of one to three people – in major metropolitan areas in the Northeast, Midwest, South and West.

The Houston metropolitan area is in the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ southern region, which very largely includes Tampa, DFW, Baltimore, Atlanta, Miami, and even Washington, D.C.

Among this group, Houston has the third lowest income ($80,250) before taxes. Only DFW ($78,842) and Tampa ($60,340) were lower.

Washington, DC had the highest average pre-tax income ($113,834).

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Above, you can click to see that you’re spending more than the average Houston household budget, including items like clothing, groceries, and rent, among others.

Peter Dawson is a digital journalist in Houston. Read it on our news site,, and on our subscriber site, | [email protected] | NEWS WHEN YOU NEED IT: Text CHRON to 77453 for SMS news alerts | Sign up here to receive the latest news alerts by email.


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