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Affordability

Harlingen has been named the #1 Least Expensive Urban Area in the United States

Named #1 Least Expensive Urban Area in the United States in 2018 by the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER), Harlingen affordability makes it easy for you to make a move to our city no matter where you are coming from.

The Cost of Living Index measures relative price levels for consumer goods and services in participating areas.

18%
Lower COL than the Texas average
26%
Lower COL than US average
45%
Lower Cost of Housing than US Average

The average for all participating places, both metropolitan and non-metropolitan, equals 100, and each participant’s index is read as a percentage of the average for all places.  In all categories, Harlingen was over 20% less expensive than the average cost of living expense for the rest of the participating communities.

Want to compare your cost of living to Harlingen?

Click below to learn a little more about how your current cost of living compares to our community through Payscale.