Are you exceeding the average Houston household budget?


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

To help you answer this question, has reviewed data compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Spending 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 found in the southern region of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which largely includes Tampa, DFW, Baltimore, Atlanta, Miami, and even Washington, DC.

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 you’re spending more than the average Houston household budget, including on items like clothes, groceries, and rent, among others.

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


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