Cost of Living Forum

TexasTraveler92 @texastraveler92
Joined: 9 months ago

Cost of Living in Angleton – Detailed Breakdown Needed

I’m a long-time resident of Angleton and have been considering a job opportunity in another part of Texas. However, before I make any decisions, I want to get a better understanding of how the cost of living in Angleton compares to other areas. I’d appreciate if fellow Angleton residents could provide a detailed breakdown of typical expenses for major categories like housing, groceries, utilities, transportation, healthcare, and entertainment.

My situation is that I’m a single professional in my early 30s, and I currently rent a one-bedroom apartment and own a car. I enjoy going out to restaurants and bars occasionally, and I have a gym membership. I’d love to hear from people with different lifestyles and family situations as well, to get a more well-rounded perspective on the cost of living in our city.

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AngletownLocal @angletownlocal
Joined: 2 years ago

Hey there, TexasTraveler92! I’ve been living in Angleton for over a decade now, and I’d say the cost of living here is relatively affordable compared to some of the bigger cities in Texas.

Housing is one of the more significant expenses, but it’s still quite reasonable. For a decent one-bedroom apartment in the city center, you’re looking at around $1,500 per month on average. If you’re willing to live a bit further out, you can find one-bedrooms for roughly $1,325. Of course, prices can vary depending on the specific neighborhood and amenities.

As for groceries, you can expect to spend around $300-$400 per month for one person if you shop at places like HEB or Walmart. Eating out at mid-range restaurants can add up quickly, with a meal for two costing around $60 on average. But there are also plenty of affordable casual dining options in town.

Utilities like electricity, water, and internet usually run me about $250 per month for a one-bedroom apartment. Transportation costs can vary depending on how much you drive, but gas prices in Angleton are currently around $0.80 per liter.

Entertainment-wise, there are some decent options without breaking the bank. A movie ticket is typically $14.50, and there are a few gyms in town with monthly fees ranging from $30 to $60. Overall, I’d say Angleton offers a comfortable lifestyle without the exorbitant costs of living in a major metropolitan area.

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FamilyOf4Angleton @familyof4angleton
Joined: 2 years ago

I’ve been living in Angleton with my spouse and two kids for the past five years, and our experience with the cost of living has been mixed. On the plus side, housing costs are relatively affordable compared to some nearby areas. We rent a three-bedroom apartment outside of the city center for around $2,100 per month, which is a pretty good deal for the size and location.

However, some other expenses can add up quickly for a family of four. Groceries easily run us $800-$1,000 per month, even when we try to be budget-conscious. And childcare costs are no joke – we pay $800 per month for preschool for our youngest, and the yearly tuition for our older child’s private elementary school is a whopping $16,000.

Utilities are also on the higher end for our larger apartment, usually around $300 per month. And while we try to limit eating out, it’s still an occasional expense, with a casual family dinner costing $50-$70 on average.

On the bright side, entertainment options like movies, mini-golf, and the local park can provide some affordable family fun. And Angleton’s location means we’re within driving distance of bigger cities and attractions when we want a change of scenery.

Overall, I’d say the cost of living in Angleton is manageable for families, but you definitely need to budget carefully, especially when it comes to housing, groceries, and childcare expenses.

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RetiredInAngleton @retiredinangleton
Joined: 2 years ago

As a retired couple living in Angleton, we’ve found the cost of living here to be quite reasonable compared to our previous residence in California. Our main expenses are housing and healthcare, but even those are relatively affordable in this area.

We own our three-bedroom house outright, but similar properties in our neighborhood typically sell for around $2,100 per month if renting. Utilities like electricity, water, and internet run us about $200 per month.

Groceries are also quite inexpensive compared to what we were used to. We spend roughly $400 per month for the two of us, shopping at local supermarkets and taking advantage of senior discounts when available.

Healthcare costs can be a significant factor for retirees, but we’ve found the options in Angleton to be reasonably priced. Our Medicare supplement plan costs us around $300 per month combined, and prescription drug costs are manageable.

Entertainment and dining out are areas where we tend to splurge a bit more. We enjoy trying out local restaurants, which can cost $40-$60 for a nice meal for two. And we take advantage of senior discounts for movies, theater performances, and other local events.

Overall, we’re quite pleased with the cost of living in Angleton. It allows us to enjoy a comfortable retirement lifestyle without breaking the bank, and we appreciate the smaller-town charm and friendliness of the community.

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YoungProfessionalAngleton @youngprofessionalangleton
Joined: 10 months ago

As a young professional in my mid-20s, I’ve found the cost of living in Angleton to be relatively affordable, especially compared to some of the larger cities in Texas. That said, there are still some areas where expenses can add up quickly.

One of the biggest costs for me is housing. While not as astronomical as in places like Austin or Houston, rent for a decent one-bedroom apartment in a safe neighborhood can still run you around $1,300-$1,500 per month. Utilities like electricity, internet, and streaming services tack on another $200 or so.

Transportation is another significant expense. I own a car, and with gas prices around $0.80 per liter, my monthly fuel costs can easily exceed $100, depending on how much I’m driving. Car insurance and maintenance are additional expenses to factor in.

On the plus side, Angleton has some relatively inexpensive options for dining and entertainment. You can grab a casual meal for one at a local restaurant for around $15-$20, and there are some decent bars and breweries in town for a night out. A monthly gym membership will typically cost you $30-$50.

Groceries are also quite reasonable, with my monthly bill for one person usually coming in around $250-$300 if I’m cooking most of my meals at home.

Overall, while Angleton may not be the cheapest place to live, it’s definitely more affordable than many other cities in Texas, especially for young professionals just starting out. With some budgeting and cost-conscious choices, you can enjoy a comfortable lifestyle without breaking the bank.

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AngletownFoodie @angletownfoodie
Joined: 12 months ago

As someone who loves exploring the local food scene, I’d say Angleton offers a good balance when it comes to dining out and groceries. While it’s not a major foodie destination, you can find some great options without spending an arm and a leg.

For groceries, I tend to shop at a mix of supermarkets like HEB and Walmart, as well as local farmer’s markets and specialty stores. My monthly grocery bill for two people typically falls in the $400-$500 range, depending on how much we splurge on higher-end items.

Dining out is where some of our bigger expenses come into play. A casual meal at a local restaurant or food truck can cost $30-$50 for two people, while a fancier date night at one of Angleton’s mid-range restaurants can easily run $80-$100 with drinks and tip.

That said, there are plenty of affordable options too. You can grab a delicious taco plate or burger for under $10 at many casual spots. And happy hour deals at some of the local bars and breweries can provide a great value for drinks and appetizers.

Entertainment-wise, we enjoy checking out new restaurant openings and food festivals in the area. Tickets for these events can range from $10-$50 per person, depending on the scale.

Overall, I’d say the cost of dining and entertainment in Angleton is quite reasonable, especially if you mix in more affordable options with the occasional splurge. And with Houston and Galveston just a short drive away, we have access to even more diverse culinary experiences when we’re in the mood for a road trip.

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AngletownOutdoorEnthusiast @angletownoutdoorenthusiast
Joined: 2 years ago

For those who enjoy an active, outdoor lifestyle, Angleton can be a relatively affordable place to live. While some recreational activities do come with costs, there are also plenty of inexpensive or free options in the area.

One of the biggest expenses for me is transportation, as I frequently drive to nearby parks, hiking trails, and fishing spots. With gas prices hovering around $0.80 per liter, my monthly fuel costs can easily run $150 or more, depending on how many adventures I take.

That said, many of the outdoor activities themselves are quite budget-friendly. Local parks and nature preserves are free to access, and fishing licenses for residents are reasonably priced at around $30 per year.

If you enjoy more structured recreational activities, there are some affordable options as well. Public tennis courts in Angleton charge around $10-$15 per hour, and some of the local golf courses offer discounted rates for residents.

When it comes to gear and equipment, prices can vary widely depending on your needs. A decent mountain bike or kayak can set you back several hundred dollars, but more basic items like hiking shoes, fishing rods, and camping gear can often be found at reasonable prices, especially if you shop secondhand.

Overall, while transportation and some equipment costs can add up, Angleton’s proximity to natural areas and outdoor recreation opportunities make it a relatively inexpensive place to pursue an active lifestyle, especially if you take advantage of the free or low-cost options in the area.

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AngletownArtLover @angletownartlover
Joined: 2 years ago

As someone who appreciates the arts and cultural scene, I’ve found Angleton to be an affordable place to indulge in these interests, albeit with somewhat limited options compared to larger cities.

One of the biggest advantages is the cost of entertainment. Local theater productions and art gallery exhibitions often have ticket prices in the $10-$20 range, making them quite accessible. And the community college frequently hosts free or low-cost events, such as guest lectures, film screenings, and student performances.

That said, some of the more specialized artistic pursuits can get pricey. Private art classes or workshops can cost $50-$100 or more per session, and supplies for hobbies like painting, pottery, or photography can quickly add up.

When it comes to dining and nightlife options related to the arts scene, Angleton has a few decent spots. There are a couple of trendy cafes and wine bars that occasionally host open mic nights or live music, with cover charges usually ranging from $5-$15. And some of the local restaurants offer special prix fixe menus or themed nights tied to cultural events or holidays.

For those seeking a wider range of artistic and cultural experiences, Houston is just a short drive away, offering world-class museums, performing arts venues, and a vibrant arts district. While tickets and transportation can get pricey, it’s a great option for an occasional splurge or day trip.

Overall, while Angleton may not be a major cultural hub, it offers enough affordable options to satisfy those with artistic interests, especially if you’re willing to explore nearby cities for more diverse experiences.

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AngletownHealthNut @angletownhealthnut
Joined: 2 years ago

As someone who prioritizes a healthy lifestyle, I’ve found the cost of living in Angleton to be quite reasonable when it comes to certain expenses, but pricier in other areas.

On the plus side, Angleton has a good selection of affordable grocery stores like HEB and Walmart, where I can stock up on fresh produce, lean proteins, and other healthy staples. My monthly grocery bill for one person typically falls in the $300-$400 range.

Fitness is another area where costs can be manageable. While some of the fancier gyms in town charge $50-$60 per month, there are also more budget-friendly options like the local recreation center, which offers monthly memberships for around $30. And with Angleton’s mild climate, outdoor activities like running, cycling, and hiking are essentially free.

That said, some health-related expenses can get pricey. Organic or specialty health foods can be quite expensive, and I often find myself spending $5-$10 per item at stores like Whole Foods or Sprouts. And while Angleton has some decent healthcare facilities, costs for services like physical therapy, chiropractic care, or alternative medicine can quickly add up if they’re not covered by insurance.

Dining out can also be a challenge for those on a strict healthy diet. While some local restaurants offer decent salads or healthy entrees, prices for these options can be on the higher end, often $15-$20 or more. And finding truly clean, organic, or allergen-friendly options can be hit or miss.

Overall, Angleton offers a reasonably affordable lifestyle for those focused on health and fitness, as long as you’re strategic about where you shop and how you allocate your budget across different areas.

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AngletownTechie @angletowntechie
Joined: 7 months ago

As someone working in the tech industry, I’ve found the cost of living in Angleton to be quite reasonable, especially compared to some of the major tech hubs like Silicon Valley or Seattle.

Housing is probably my biggest expense, but it’s still relatively affordable compared to other parts of the country. I rent a one-bedroom apartment in a decent neighborhood for around $1,400 per month, which is a steal compared to what I’d pay in a city like San Francisco.

Utilities like electricity, internet, and streaming services add another $200 or so to my monthly expenses. And while I don’t have a car, I do rely on ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft quite a bit, which can easily run me $100-$150 per month, depending on how much I’m getting around town.

On the plus side, Angleton has some great options for dining and entertainment that won’t break the bank. There are some solid local breweries and restaurants where you can grab a casual meal or drinks for $20-$30 per person. And the local movie theater charges just $14.50 for a standard ticket, which is a bargain compared to the prices in some bigger cities.

Groceries are also quite affordable, with my monthly bill for one person usually coming in around $250-$300 if I’m cooking most of my meals at home.

One area where I do splurge a bit is on tech and gadgets. While Angleton may not have the same cutting-edge selection as larger cities, I still find myself dropping a few hundred dollars every now and then on the latest smartphones, gaming consoles, or other tech toys.

Overall, Angleton offers a pretty solid value proposition for those in the tech industry, especially if you’re willing to forgo some of the amenities and nightlife options of a major metropolitan area. With a decent income and some budgeting, you can enjoy a comfortable lifestyle without the exorbitant costs of living in a tech hub.

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Detailed Price Insights of Abilene, TX

  • Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant – 18.00 $
  • Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course – 60.00 $
  • McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) – 7.99 $
  • Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) – 6.00 $
  • Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) – 5.75 $
  • Cappuccino (regular) – 5.33 $
  • Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) – 2.35 $
  • Water (0.33 liter bottle) – 1.09 $
  • Milk (regular), (1 liter) – 0.89 $
  • Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) – 3.55 $
  • Rice (white), (1kg) – 2.73 $
  • Eggs (regular) (12) – 3.41 $
  • Local Cheese (1kg) – 13.61 $
  • Chicken Fillets (1kg) – 7.36 $
  • Beef Round (1kg) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) – 11.86 $
  • Apples (1kg) – 5.72 $
  • Banana (1kg) – 1.49 $
  • Oranges (1kg) – 3.57 $
  • Tomato (1kg) – 3.06 $
  • Potato (1kg) – 2.39 $
  • Onion (1kg) – 2.74 $
  • Lettuce (1 head) – 1.89 $
  • Water (1.5 liter bottle) – 1.79 $
  • Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) – 15.00 $
  • Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) – 2.07 $
  • Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) – 3.68 $
  • Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) – 8.00 $
  • One-way Ticket (Local Transport) – 1.00 $
  • Monthly Pass (Regular Price) – 30.00 $
  • Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) – 3.25 $
  • Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) – 1.71 $
  • Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) – 35.00 $
  • Gasoline (1 liter) – 0.80 $
  • Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) – 35,045.00 $
  • Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) – 25,322.50 $
  • Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment – 173.25 $
  • Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data – 61.15 $
  • Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) – 66.20 $
  • Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat – 14.50 $
  • Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child – 800.00 $
  • International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child – 16,000.00 $
  • 1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) – 33.49 $
  • 1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, …) – 29.49 $
  • 1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) – 77.49 $
  • 1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes – 132.87 $
  • Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre – 1,500.00 $
  • Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre – 1,325.00 $
  • Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre – 2,500.00 $
  • Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre – 2,100.00 $
  • Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) – 3,600.00 $
  • Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate – 6.69
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