More money in Big D

Dallas deemed one of the most affordable places to live and work in 2019

Dallas deemed one of most affordable places to live and work in 2019

Dallas skyline featuring Margaret Hunt Bridge and Trinity River
It pays to live and work in Dallas. DreamPictures/Shannon Faulk/Getty Images

A new study indicates you can sock away some cash if you live and work in Big D.

The study, done by BusinessStudent.com, puts Dallas at No. 22 among the country’s 25 most affordable places to live and work for 2019. Four other Texas cities appear in the top 25:

  • Fort Worth (No. 7)
  • College Station (No. 18)
  • Irving (No. 21)
  • Houston (No. 24)

Noticeably absent from the top 25 are Austin and San Antonio.

“Making a high salary is great,” BusinessStudent.com points out, “but if rents are so high that you have very little disposable income left over, are you going to be able to put money away for a rainy day?”

“Obviously,” the website adds, “a person’s individual cultural and social tastes should also be considered, but from a purely financial standpoint, it would be wise to consult this list ... before you begin your next job or home search.”

To come up with its list, BusinessStudent.com examined salaries for 100 business-related jobs on Indeed.com and compared them with the average rent of a two-bedroom apartment listed on Rentjungle.com. In the top three positions on BusinessStudent.com’s affordability list are Tulsa, Oklahoma; Lexington, Kentucky; and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

The study found that in Dallas, residents had 79 percent of their salary left after paying rent. The average salary ($82,609) and average rent ($1,422) in Dallas were considerably higher than in nearby Fort Worth or Irving.

Fort Worth residents have it the best in Texas, with 82 percent of their salary left after paying rent. That’s based on an average annual salary of $75,797 and average monthly rent of $1,108. In Irving, 79 percent of the average annual salary ($77,527) was left after paying rent ($1,327 a month). 

In College Station, 80 percent of the average salary ($55,086) remained after paying rent ($906 a month). Houston, like Dallas and Irving, also checked in at 79 percent of the average annual salary ($79,579) left after paying the average rent ($1,401).