How Much Salary Do You Need To Buy A Home In Houston's Top Neighborhoods

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How Much Salary Do You Need To Buy A Home In Houston's Top Neighborhoods

Forbes, Money Magazine, and the US Census Bureau, all list Houston as one of the most affordable cities in the country (1).

The cost of living in Houston ranks third lowest among the top 20 most populous US metros. Based on the cost of living data, it's 29.2% cheaper to live here than in the 20 biggest cities in the country (2).

We analyzed median home prices & estimated salary requirements for the 52 best neighborhoods in the Houston area to help you decide where you can best afford to live.

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Table of Contents

  1. Houston Home Salary Requirements Highlights & Data
  2. Annual Salary & Houston Neighborhoods Matrix
  3. Under $80,000: Where can I Afford to Live in Houston?
  4. $80,000 to $150,000: Best Neighborhoods
  5. $150,000 to $250,000: Cost of Luxury Homes
  6. Over $250,000: Most Expensive Areas
  7. Sources, Methodology & Disclosures
  8. The Best Houston Realtor to Sell Your Home

Houston Home Salary Requirements Highlights & Data

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Data Summary

Annual Salary & Houston Neighborhoods Matrix

Annual Salary & Houston Neighborhoods Matrix

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Salary Range Central Houston Suburbs
Under $80k Five Corners, Medical Center South, Sharpstown Area, Winrock Aldine Area, Bacliff/San Leon, Hempstead, Hobby Area, La Marque, Northeast Houston, Pasadena, South Houston, Willis/New Waverly
$80k-$150k Brays Oaks, Briarmeadow/Tanglewilde, Denver Harbor, Downtown Houston, East End Revitalized, Galleria, Medical Center Area, Midtown Houston, Shepherd Park Plaza Area, Spring Branch Clear Lake Area, Cypress North, Cypress South, Fort Bend County North / Richmond, Friendswood, Katy North, Katy Old Towne, Katy Southeast, Pearland, Sugar Land West
$150k-$250k Briargrove Park/Walnutbend, Cottage Grove, Heights/Greater Heights, Knollwood/Woodside, Meyerland Area, Montrose, Oak Forest East, Rice Military/Washington Corridor, Timbergrove/Lazybrook, Washington East/Sabine
$250k+ Bellaire Area, Highland Village / Midlane, Memorial Park, Memorial Villages, Rice / Museum District, River Oaks Area, River Oaks Shopping Area, Rivercrest, Tanglewood Area, West University/Southside Area Tiki Island

Note: We're only displaying the first ten neighborhoods per section here. For the full list, please refer to the tables under each respective salary range below.

Under $80,000: Where can I Afford to Live in Houston?

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Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Stafford Area $260,000 $80,000 40%
Five Corners $246,750 $79,000 50%
Sharpstown Area $233,300 $77,000 26%
Bacliff/San Leon $249,000 $77,000 N/A
Aldine Area $235,000 $76,000 51%
Hobby Area $239,000 $76,000 44%
Northeast Houston $241,735 $76,000 61%
Pasadena $240,000 $76,000 25%
Willis/New Waverly $255,000 $76,000 19%
Medical Center South $238,500 $75,000 43%
La Marque $225,000 $73,000 40%
South Houston $225,000 $72,000 30%
Hempstead $229,999 $71,000 9%
Winrock $161,133 $71,000 -26%

Stafford Area

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Stafford Area $260,000 $80,000 40%

Stafford Area Map

Stafford is a 7-square-mile city about 18 miles southwest of Downtown Houston. It is bound by Houston (north), Sugar Land (west), and Missouri City (southeast). The city is popular for its business-friendliness and close-knit communities and features convenient travel, nearby employment centers, and outdoor spaces.

The neighborhood is famous for its:

Notably, Stafford is the “Island of Business Opportunity.”

Map of Stafford Area

Stafford Area Real Estate Trends

Five Corners

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Five Corners $246,750 $79,000 50%

Five Corners Map

Located just south of the Medical Center Area, Five Corners is a large neighborhood just inside Beltway 8.

The area is popular for its:

Five Corners homes come in a wide variety of architectural styles, including traditional, modern, colonial, and English styles. Price points are similar to neighboring Brays Oaks, starting at around $120,000.

Map of Five Corners

Five Corners Real Estate Trends

Sharpstown Area

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Sharpstown Area $233,300 $77,000 26%

Sharpstown Area Map

Developed in the 1950s, Sharpstown is one of the most historic master-planned neighborhoods in Houston. The community lies between Houston Parkway and Westpark Tollway.

Sharpstown’s appeal includes:

Sharpstown area has approximately 7000 homes. The neighborhood has many subdivisions. These are Sections 1–5, Country Club Estates 1-3, and Country Club Terraces 1-3.

Map of Sharpstown Area

Sharpstown Area Real Estate Trends

$80,000 to $150,000: Best Neighborhoods

Many of Houston’s most popular neighborhoods are also, historically, the best performers in real estate appreciation. Contact us for a custom list of homes in these areas.

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Conroe Northeast $256,000 $81,000 46%
Huffman Area $259,990 $81,000 -16%
Alief $260,000 $82,000 50%
1960/Cypress Creek South $255,990 $83,000 54%
Humble Area East $260,000 $84,000 52%
Humble Area West $260,000 $84,000 52%
Humble Area South $260,000 $85,000 43%
Dickinson $268,495 $85,000 30%
Spring East $258,990 $85,000 48%
Willowbrook South $269,900 $86,000 61%
Northside $268,500 $87,000 28%
Southbelt / Ellington $274,000 $88,000 59%
Porter / New Caney West $250,000 $88,000 20%
La Porte/Shoreacres $275,000 $89,000 49%
Bear Creek South $280,000 $90,000 64%
Crosby Area $277,000 $90,000 51%
Atascocita North $287,500 $91,000 40%
Alvin South $290,000 $93,000 62%
Deer Park $289,000 $94,000 56%
Missouri City Area $295,000 $94,000 38%
1960/Cypress $300,000 $94,000 61%
Mission Bend Area $300,000 $94,000 73%
Conroe Southeast $290,000 $95,000 41%
Medical Center Area $253,250 $95,000 15%
Northwest Houston $301,500 $95,000 66%
Katy North $300,000 $96,000 64%
1960/Cypress Creek North $307,500 $96,000 65%
Atascocita South $301,000 $96,000 43%
Brays Oaks $308,500 $97,000 28%
University Area $310,000 $99,000 19%
Kingwood West $310,000 $99,000 58%
Hockley $291,992 $101,000 38%
Conroe Southwest $315,000 $103,000 16%
Sugar Land North $339,950 $103,000 27%
Willow Meadows Area $340,000 $104,000 6%
Magnolia/1488 West $309,990 $104,000 24%
Copperfield Area $335,000 $106,000 65%
Spring/Klein $332,500 $106,000 51%
Lake Conroe Area $339,000 $106,000 39%
Spring/Klein/Tomball $329,426 $106,000 53%
Kingwood NW/Oakhurst $320,000 $107,000 19%
Denver Harbor $335,000 $107,000 24%
Jersey Village $339,000 $108,000 47%
Porter / New Caney East $320,000 $109,000 24%
Santa Fe $352,320 $110,000 85%
Champions Area $354,950 $111,000 51%
Brookshire $318,490 $111,000 4%
Fort Bend South / Richmond $330,000 $111,000 57%
Oak Forest West $365,500 $113,000 42%
Eldridge North $362,500 $114,000 28%
Clear Lake Area $370,000 $116,000 55%
East End Revitalized $355,000 $116,000 21%
Galleria $307,500 $117,000 3%
League City $374,000 $118,000 55%
Pearland $370,500 $118,000 51%
Friendswood $385,707 $118,000 62%
Kingwood South $375,000 $118,000 67%
Riverside $370,000 $119,000 7%
Waller $369,995 $120,000 59%
Magnolia/1488 East $399,000 $121,000 42%
Cypress North $380,000 $121,000 60%
Tomball $376,140 $124,000 47%
Tomball South/Lakewood $400,000 $129,000 59%
Briarmeadow/Tanglewilde $392,590 $131,000 33%
Summerwood / Lakeshore $379,990 $132,000 41%
Shepherd Park Plaza Area $429,900 $132,000 0%
Katy Old Towne $380,000 $133,000 58%
Katy Southeast $435,000 $136,000 50%
Kingwood East $425,800 $136,000 46%
Downtown Houston $320,000 $137,000 18%
Spring Northeast $417,250 $138,000 77%
Fort Bend County North / Richmond $417,625 $138,000 67%
Charnwood/Briarbend $395,000 $138,000 -10%
Alvin North $400,000 $139,000 69%
Spring Branch $430,000 $139,000 30%
Sienna Area $420,500 $143,000 15%
Midtown Houston $400,000 $143,000 14%
Sugar Land West $455,900 $145,000 44%
Energy Corridor $465,000 $146,000 35%
Tomball Southwest $427,500 $146,000 3%
Fort Bend Southeast $489,000 $147,000 9%
Rosharon $489,000 $147,000 N/A
Cypress South $434,530 $150,000 48%

Conroe Northeast

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Conroe Northeast $256,000 $81,000 46%

Conroe Northeast Map

Conroe Northeast is 45 miles north of Downtown Houston. The neighborhood is along Interstate 45, providing easy access to neighboring areas.

Conroe Northeast is known for its:

Conroe Northeast is a 25-minute drive to The Woodlands, one of Houston's best suburbs. Many big companies have their offices located in the area.

Map of Conroe Northeast

Conroe Northeast Real Estate Trends

Huffman Area

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Huffman Area $259,990 $81,000 -16%

Huffman Area Map

Huffman Area is a 35-minute drive from the northeastern outskirts of Houston. This makes accessing the Medical Center, Downtown, and local shops in Huffman easy.

Huffman Area’s commendable aspects include:

Huffman Area boasts a lower population density. This fosters a closer-knit community atmosphere compared to some other Houston neighborhoods.

Map of Huffman Area

Huffman Area Real Estate Trends


Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Alief $260,000 $82,000 50%

Alief Map

Alief is a neighborhood located in southwest Houston. It’s known for its proximity to major highways, top-notch schools, and recreational parks.

Several factors make this neighborhood appealing, including:

Alief is close to Sugar Land Business Park, home to several businesses. These include Tramontina, Shell, Chevron, and BMC Software.

Map of Alief

Alief Real Estate Trends

$150,000 to $250,000: Cost of Luxury Homes

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Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Sugar Land East $497,425 $151,000 57%
Fulshear/South Brookshire $450,000 $154,000 8%
Meyerland Area $503,500 $156,000 15%
Oak Forest East $513,500 $158,000 48%
Cottage Grove $514,000 $166,000 26%
Katy Southwest $512,291 $168,000 46%
Knollwood/Woodside $552,500 $170,000 15%
Washington East/Sabine $552,250 $176,000 32%
Rice Military/Washington Corridor $555,300 $176,000 17%
The Woodlands $627,000 $191,000 65%
Timbergrove/Lazybrook $618,500 $197,000 51%
Sugar Land South $651,000 $201,000 43%
Greenway Plaza $499,500 $202,000 12%
Briargrove Park/Walnutbend $665,000 $206,000 54%
Heights/Greater Heights $675,000 $212,000 43%
Memorial West $715,000 $227,000 38%
Montrose $757,000 $233,000 16%

Sugar Land East

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Sugar Land East $497,425 $151,000 57%

Sugar Land East Map

Sugar Land East is located in one of Houston’s top suburban neighborhoods. It features easy access to business centers and several recreational spots.

Sugar Land East is popular due to its:

Sugar Land East offers stable real estate values on top of the community’s urban amenities. The continuous growth among business centers in the area contributes to the area’s positive condition.

Map of Sugar Land East

Sugar Land East Real Estate Trends

Fulshear/South Brookshire

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Fulshear/South Brookshire $450,000 $154,000 8%

Fulshear/South Brookshire Map

Fulshear is a small incorporated city in Fort Bend County just 20 miles away from Energy Corridor. It has been featured by American City Business Journal (ACBJ) as one of “Houston’s Most Affluent Communities.”

Fulshear real estate has increased in popularity thanks to its:

Fulshear homes are nestled in large acres of land. The city’s more established neighborhoods mostly feature older ranch-style homes on large lots.

Map of Fulshear/South Brookshire

Fulshear/South Brookshire Real Estate Trends

Meyerland Area

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Meyerland Area $503,500 $156,000 15%

Meyerland Area Map

Nestled just outside Loop 610, Meyerland offers easy access to urban conveniences. Work, entertainment, dining, and shopping are at hand in this neighborhood.

Meyerland gained its popularity, thanks to its:

Meyerland is a deed-restricted neighborhood. It is primarily a residential community with single-family homes.

Map of Meyerland Area

Meyerland Area Real Estate Trends

Over $250,000: Most Expensive Areas

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Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Tiki Island $840,000 $262,000 85%
Highland Village / Midlane $852,500 $264,000 7%
Westchase Area $844,470 $277,000 19%
Garden Oaks $935,000 $287,000 110%
River Oaks Shopping Area $992,583 $300,000 33%
Briar Hollow $777,500 $301,000 52%
Rice / Museum District $1,025,000 $315,000 36%
Royden Oaks/Afton Oaks $1,075,000 $333,000 30%
Briargrove $1,132,500 $346,000 39%
Bellaire Area $1,150,000 $347,000 20%
Upper Kirby $1,171,375 $356,000 49%
Braeswood Place $1,302,000 $401,000 70%
Memorial Park $1,427,000 $455,000 -4%
West University/Southside Area $1,845,223 $564,000 47%
Tanglewood Area $1,985,075 $617,000 24%
Memorial Close In $2,100,000 $657,000 12%
Memorial Villages $2,350,000 $709,000 38%
River Oaks Area $3,157,707 $968,000 50%
Rivercrest $5,226,100 $1,614,000 89%

Tiki Island

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Tiki Island $840,000 $262,000 85%

Tiki Island Map

Tiki Island is a lovely neighborhood situated on a small man-made island with a unique island vibe and beautiful coastal sights in Galveston Bay. It is also close to Houston and Galveston.

Tiki Island is known for its:

Tiki Island has had a stable appreciation of property values. The community compares well with the best Houston neighborhoods in land value appreciation.

Map of Tiki Island

Tiki Island Real Estate Trends

Highland Village / Midlane

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Highland Village / Midlane $852,500 $264,000 7%

Highland Village / Midlane Map

Highland Village / Midlane, a coveted small neighborhood, is located near the Galleria/Uptown area and River Oaks. It is a deed-restricted community just 6 miles west of downtown Houston.

Highland Village is popular for its:

Highland Village / Midlane has an active civic club, the Highland Village Civic Club which enforces the community's deed restrictions, maintains common areas, and provides extra security.

Map of Highland Village / Midlane

Highland Village / Midlane Real Estate Trends

Westchase Area

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Westchase Area $844,470 $277,000 19%

Westchase Area Map

Located southeast of the Energy Corridor, Westchase covers over 4 square miles of land.

Westchase area is well-known due to its:

The Westchase area offers an array of housing options spanning from single-family homes to townhomes, ranging from $300,000 to over $3,000,000.

Map of Westchase Area

Westchase Area Real Estate Trends

Sources, Methodology & Disclosures

Sources, Methodology & Disclosures

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The Best Houston Realtor to Sell Your Home

The Best Houston Realtor to Sell Your Home

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They have been featured on TV and in dozens of publications including: The Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, Reuters, Fox News in the Morning, Money Magazine, Houston Business Journal, Houstonia, and Houston Chronicle.

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