Anyone who has ever relocated to another city knows that number crunching before packing up the moving van is the first step. After all knowing how far your paycheck can stretch once you’re in your new city is an important consideration for any relocating family.

If you’re used to affordable housing prices reasonable grocery bills and inexpensive health care you don’t want to be surprised if your new city is much pricier. The good news for relocating families is that the Dallas/Fort Worth area still ranks among one of the most affordable large metropolitan cities to live work play and do business.

Cost of Living in DFW

ACCRA is a national organization dedicated to economic development  and policy research, and it published  an  annual Cost of Living Index that ranks a range of living expenses in major  cities. The index measures differences between areas in the cost of consumer goods and services, minus taxes and non-consumer expenditures.

It  also  measures   relative   price   levels for consumer goods and services in participating areas. The average for a participating  place—both  metropolitan and non-metro—is 100, and each city’s index is read as a percentage of the average for all places. See the chart below to see how Dallas measures up against other large metro areas, and  you’ll  see that it’s much less expensive, in just about every category measured, to hang your hat right here.

For example, when comparing  the ACCRA Cost  of  Living  Index  for  the last several years, housing in the DFW area has consistently been one  of  the most affordable metropolitan markets in the United States With an average 2019 score of 112.8, housing in the Dallas/Fort Worth area just slightly over the United States average of 100.

Whether you’re thinking about moving here, or have just made the move, it’s easy to see that the Dallas/Fort Worth area is a thriving community that measures up not only with its quality of life – but also with its affordability. And that’s good  news from any perspective

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