Let’s talk about Texas and where the cheapest place to live might be. Texas has become a hot spot for inward migration for some years now. The cheap places in Texas are going to be out of the way small towns. You won’t find Houston, Dallas, or Austin on the list.
Texas in the last decade has been consistently one of the most moved to states in the country for good reason. They do a lot of things right. Taxes aren’t crazy. They have enticed a lot of big corporations to move to the state, decent schools in most places, and low crime rates on average.
But as people make the move to Texas, prices are going up from housing to lap dances and everything in between all the major cities are seeing a steady climb in the cost of living and housing, not anywhere near what L.A., San Francisco, New York City, but they’re headed in that direction. The good news is there’s plenty of places in Texas that are still really cheap in both housing and cost of living. Some are a good distance from a big city.
So if you could work remotely or you’re retired and really don’t need a job, you could save a lot of money living in one of the towns on this list. Let’s take a look.
10. Plain view, Texas, plain view, a town in Texas with a population of about twenty thousand residents. It’s in what they call the panhandle of Texas between Amarillo and Lubbock. Living in plain view offers the residents kind of a suburb. But it’s also really sparse. It’s weird. It’s kind of spread out. I mean, there are not houses right on top of each other, which is a good thing. Most of the residents own their own home and many families live in plain view, low crime and the public schools in plain view are above average.
So it’s a good place to live. It can get a little hot here in the summers. And as one subscriber explained, it can get really boring, like with A capital B, their words, not mine. Now, I don’t believe that one for a minute. I mean, come on, they have the Jimmy Dean Sausage Museum in town for all you sausage enthusiasts. It’s really just called the Jimmy Dean Museum. But he’s the sausage guy.
the cost of living in plain view is nineteen percent lower than the national average and the housing is actually 50 percent lower than the national average. A decent home can be found for under a hundred and ten thousand, and the nicer ones start off around one sixty-one seventy. They go up a bit. But yeah, you can get a nice home here for about one hundred and sixty-one hundred seventy-five thousand dollars.
9. Elsah, Texas.
Elsah is a suburb of McAllen, Texas, with a population of just a little over seven thousand living in L.A. So you get that suburb and rural feeling again. It’s kind of nice. The houses aren’t right on top of each other. And, you know, just outside of town, there’s open space, Schertz desert, but it’s still open. Now, these stats also go for the nearby suburbs, op-ed couch in Latvia, the LA Villa, if you’re from Connecticut or something, they all have close to the same stats and figures.
The cost of living in L says thirty-two percent lower than the national average and the housing costs are sixty-nine percent lower than the national average. You can buy a home that needs some work for under a hundred fifty thousand dollars and a nice one. We’ll start around two hundred thirty thousand.
7. Del Rio, Texas
Del Rio is a small, quiet, safe town near the Laughlin Air Force Base with a population of thirty-six thousand residents. But really, this place doesn’t seem like it has that many people. Great Mexican food and great culture.
But it’s still nice and it’s still very safe. The cost of living is twenty percent lower than the national average. The housing is 54 percent lower than the national average. Houses here seem to have this magic number one hundred and thirty-nine thousand.
5. Olney, Texas
Only has a cute town with a family orientated vibe. The community has several parks, including one near the public pool. Downtown is great, sort of that country style old school Main Street thing going on. The downside is it’s a little light in the entertainment department and that probably has something to do with only being a dry town, high school football. And that whole Friday Night Lights thing is about it. Pretty much.
That’s it. And a lot of small towns in Texas that they go off on Friday Night Football at the local high school, the cost of living in Olney is twenty-six percent lower than the national average and housing is sixty-five percent lower. You could buy a house for under fifty thousand here. They’re going to need some work, don’t get me wrong. Coat of paint, grass seeds, maybe a new roof, but you get a two to three-bedroom house, front yard backyard for under fifty thousand dollars and it’s livable.
3. Haskell, Texas.
Haskell is a place you end up if you leave Abilene looking for excitement and you go north by mistake instead of E, Haskell has great stats and everything but employment and things to do. So if you work remotely and you’re not looking for a good time and you make over fifty thousand dollars a year, you could live like a king here. If you drive to the town square area of Haskell, nothing has changed in the last 70 years except for the cars parked on the street and the fancy electric sign out in front.
The courthouse costs living in Haskell are twenty-four percent lower than the national average and housing is sixty-five percent lower. Houses are livable right now for as low as twenty-five thousand and they go up to about one hundred and fifty thousand. And when they get into one hundred fifty thousand you might get an acre with the land. There’s one house for sale here for two hundred ninety-four thousand dollars. That would be seven hundred and fifty thousand here in the Portland area and in L.A. it would be over two million dollars.
8. Presidio, Texas.
Presidio is a very small town of about a thousand people. It is a border town on the Rio Grande near Big Bend National Park. That’s Big Bend, as in bending something, not Big Bend like in England. It is small, but there are some positives. The first one is, you know, everyone, if you’ve ever lived in a small town of about a thousand people or less, you tend to know everyone in town or at least you know every family in town, things like that.
There’s no traffic here and there’s no crime, very little crime, I should say. I know I mentioned this before, but if you watch too much political theater these days, you think that any town near the Mexico border is overrun and you need bulletproof windows, bars on the doors, and a guard dog just to be able to watch the mass singer in peace? It’s just not true. There’s very little crime in most border towns. The cost of living is twenty-six percent lower than the national average and the housing is 70 percent lower.
6. Ozona, Texas.
Most Ozana, Texas is just a place to be when you’re driving west from San Antonio to the people that know about Rossana, they know it’s much better than just a place where you relieve your Blätter. The town was organized in nineteen ninety one under an oak tree, which still stands to this day. At the base of the tree is a historical marker describing the events of the day. The town has a large statue of Davy Crockett and a museum dedicated to the politician and frontiersmen from Tennessee.
Nothing else exciting goes on here other than the cost of living is 13 percent lower than the national average and housing is 54 percent lower than the national average. You can get a house here and it is desert. And so it might not be for everyone, but every single house that’s for sale here is under one hundred ninety thousand dollars.
4. Hebbronville, Texas.
By the 1920s, Hebbronville was born and it was the largest cattle shipping point in the United States. It still has cattle, but nothing like it once was. This is a great town with great Tomalis at Hillcrest Tortillas. They have a company that makes tortillas and tamales and it’s great, especially when a business stays in a small town like this. It’s really good. Hebbronville has about 5000 residents and it isn’t far from the middle of the frickin desert.
This place is an hour or two from everywhere. It’s like a geographical oddity. But that’s sort of the appeal for Hebron, though the cost of living here is thirty percent lower than the national average and housing is fifty-eight percent lower. A ready to move in the house that will need a little cleanup will be under one hundred thousand past two hundred thousand. You can get some really nice homes in Hebbronville.
2. Bracketville, Texas.
Brackettville is a town in Texas with a population of 1,831. Brackettville is in Kinney County. Living in Brackettville offers residents a suburban rural mix feel and most residents own their homes. The public schools in Brackettville are highly rated.
The cost of living in Bracketville is twenty-six percent lower than the national average and the housing costs are seventy-one percent lower. That’s crazy cheap.
1. Pampa, Texas
Pampa, Texas is the type of American town that has a homecoming parade downtown and everyone in town shows up that’s America this is a great place to raise a family, it has parks all over the place including a local water park which is surprisingly nice for the size of the town.
The cost of living in Pampa is 25 percent lower than the national average and housing is about 52 percent lower than the national average other than the heat. This is a great place to live. there is a good thing, livable home here starts at under 30,000. That’s great. If you are looking to relocate with a family.
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