How much do you have to earn to scrape by in Austin, Texas? How much to live comfortably?

Hello. I'm looking at taking a job in Austin, Texas, but I'm having a hard time deciding if the salary is enough or not. I hear from one study that says Austin is one of the best cities in the country for value, and I've talked to several people who said it was cheap for a city, but then I'm getting conflicting information from other people who say it's really expensive, and you can barely scrape by on $60,000. I'm single, don't go out much, and only need an apartment--can anyone tell me what you need to earn to get by in Austin? How much to live comfortably? Thanks.

Asked By: Jerry Garcia - 5/9/2007
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One of the quickest ways to determine cost of living there is to visit Apartment Guide on line, or For Rent Magazine (there are other smaller sites, but these are National ones and they are the primary advertising spots for management companies that are leasing apartments. There are listings according to the area of... More
Answered By: kathy s - 5/10/2007
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Hi, Austin has a daily newspaper called Austin American-Statesman. Go to, click on homes, click on apartments, click city area where you'd like to live, or just leave in "no preference". You'll see prices and video tours. There are some inexpensive 1-bedrooms there. Good luck. ☺
Answered By: billie - 5/9/2007
I grew up in Austin, went to college there, and am currently living in Washington, D.C. This isn't very scientific, but I think $60,000 would be enough to live comfortably. It may be more difficult if you have a lot of student debt or want to save up and buy a house. I am considering moving back to Austin and would... More
Answered By: emmaline - 5/9/2007
I think if you get a decent place to live and are making anywhere in the $60-70 range you will be fine. Rent will probably be the largest expense of yours ranging from $700-900 for a 1/1 (depending on what side of town, apt community, management & amenities) but everything else is more or less decent. Food is cheap... More
Answered By: A O - 5/10/2007
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