Fort Bend County’s $3,480-per-month cost of living is the highest in Texas

The highest cost of living– or the most expensive place to live in Texas– is in Fort Bend County, just west of Harris County, which encompasses Houston. The wealthiest residents live in Sugarland.

Fort Bend County residents need to make $3,480 every month to maintain “a modest standard of living,” according to a new analysis from 24/7 Wall St., which examined the most expensive counties in all 50 states.

To determine local cost of living the report relied on the Economic Policy Institute’s Family Budget Calculator, which includes housing, food, health care, transportation and other necessities.

The the median household income in the county is $93,645, with a 4 percent jobless rate in 2018.

The 24/7 Wall St. analysis ranked counties by estimating the cost of living for a single adult resident to have a modest quality of life.

Counties that ranked the most expensive to live in tended to have strong economies, low jobless rates and higher household incomes, according to the study.

Most Expensive Regions in Each State

State  County / Jurisdiction Monthly Cost of Living Monthly Housing Costs Median Household Income 2018 Jobless Rate
Alabama Shelby $3,429 $806 $74,063 2.9%
Alaska Denali Borough $4,182 $1,042 $83,295 7.8%
Arizona Coconino $3,462 $782 $53,523 5.5%
Arkansas Saline $2,939 $616 $58,985 3.1%
California San Mateo $6,127 $2,136 $105,667 2.2%
Colorado Douglas $4,150 $1,249 $111,154 2.9%
Connecticut Fairfield $3,814 $1,052 $89,773 4%
Delaware New Castle $3,377 $837 $68,336 3.7%
Florida Monroe $3,835 $960 $63,030 2.6%
Georgia Forsyth $3,828 $1,040 $96,445 3.1%
Hawaii Kalawao $4,377 $1,126 $61,750 N/A
Idaho Blaine $3,558 $747 $58,835 2.4%
Illinois McHenry $3,650 $940 $82,230 3.5%
Indiana Hamilton $3,178 $742 $90,582 2.7%
Iowa Story $3,083 $607 $52,671 1.6%
Kansas Riley $3,316 $775 $48,428 2.9%
Kentucky Oldham $3,004 $644 $92,237 3.3%
Louisiana St. Tammany Parish $3,215 $758 $66,539 4.2%
Maine Cumberland $3,614 $934 $65,702 2.7%
Maryland Calvert $4,665 $1,459 $100,350 3.5%
Massachusetts Nantucket $4,158 $1,229 $91,942 4.4%
Michigan Leelanau $3,447 $660 $62,646 4.2%
Minnesota Washington $3,404 $866 $89,598 2.5%
Mississippi Madison $3,198 $708 $68,600 3.7%
Missouri Andrew $3,075 $552 $56,658 2.7%
Montana Madison $3,478 $690 $47,900 3.5%
Nebraska Arthur $3,492 $526 $41,250 5%
Nevada Churchill $3,329 $703 $46,914 3.9%
New Hampshire Rockingham $3,381 $904 $85,619 2.8%
New Jersey Hunterdon $3,939 $1,044 $110,969 3.3%
New Mexico Harding $3,082 $541 $35,096 5.3%
New York Putnam $4,968 $1,449 $99,608 3.7%
North Carolina Camden $3,829 $844 $68,327 3.7%
North Dakota Dunn $3,806 $962 $68,594 1.6%
Ohio Hocking $3,020 $582 $48,073 5.1%
Oklahoma Ellis $3,266 $542 $50,594 2.2%
Oregon Clackamas $3,801 $1,069 $72,408 3.8%
Pennsylvania Chester $3,675 $966 $92,417 3.2%
Rhode Island Newport $3,359 $904 $75,463 3.5%
South Carolina Beaufort $3,499 $842 $60,603 3.2%
South Dakota Custer $3,081 $567 $56,449 4%
Tennessee Williamson $3,583 $971 $103,543 2.5%
Texas Fort Bend $3,480 $1,005 $93,645 4%
Utah Summit $3,464 $793 $94,952 3%
Vermont Grand Isle $3,834 $905 $66,111 3.2%
Virginia Fairfax $4,754 $1,637 $117,515 2.4%
Washington King $3,631 $1,119 $83,571 3.5%
West Virginia Jefferson $3,358 $729 $72,526 3.3%
Wisconsin St. Croix $3,274 $668 $77,768 3%
Wyoming Teton $3,779 $846 $80,049 3%

Source: 24/7 Wall St.

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