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 second lowest among the top 20 most populous US metros. Based on the cost of living data, it's 36% 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 Medical Center South, Sharpstown Area, Winrock Aldine Area, Hempstead, Hobby Area, La Marque, Northeast Houston, South Houston, Willis/New Waverly
$80k-$150k Brays Oaks, Downtown Houston, East End Revitalized, Galleria, Gulfton, Medical Center Area, Midtown Houston, Shepherd Park Plaza Area, Spring Branch, Willow Meadows Area Clear Lake Area, Cypress North, Friendswood, Fulshear/South Brookshire, Katy North, Missouri City Area, Pearland, Sienna Area, Stafford Area, Sugar Land East
$150k-$250k Briargrove Park/Walnutbend, Cottage Grove, Garden Oaks, Heights/Greater Heights, Meyerland Area, Montrose, Oak Forest East, Rice Military/Washington Corridor, Timbergrove/Lazybrook, Washington East/Sabine
$250k+ Bellaire Area, Highland Village / Midlane, Memorial Close In, Memorial Park, Memorial Villages, Rice / Museum District, River Oaks Area, River Oaks Shopping Area, Tanglewood Area, West University/Southside Area

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 %
Pasadena $244,900 $80,000 28%
Bacliff/San Leon $248,900 $80,000 N/A
Aldine Area $240,000 $79,000 50%
Winrock $185,000 $78,000 -1%
La Marque $237,000 $78,000 55%
Hobby Area $239,300 $77,000 45%
Sharpstown Area $236,057 $76,000 32%
Willis/New Waverly $249,400 $76,000 14%
Medical Center South $237,500 $76,000 44%
Northeast Houston $234,820 $76,000 56%
South Houston $225,000 $73,000 32%
Hempstead $210,000 $68,000 -24%


Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Pasadena $244,900 $80,000 28%

Pasadena Map

Located southeast of downtown Houston, Pasadena is the second largest city in Harris County. Covering a 44.5 square mile area south of the Houston Ship Channel, the city is made up of several neighborhoods.

Pasadena is known for its:

Pasadena is around 20 minutes away from the Armand Bayou Center, one of the country’s largest urban wilderness preserves. Visitors can explore walking trails, engage in bird-watching, and participate in educational programs.

Map of Pasadena

Pasadena Real Estate Trends

Bacliff/San Leon

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Bacliff/San Leon $248,900 $80,000 N/A

Bacliff/San Leon Map

Nestled on the shores of Galveston Bay, Bacliff/San Leon boasts of homes with scenic waterfront views and easy access to a variety of recreational activities.

Bacliff/San Leon neighborhood is known for its:

Bacliff/San Leon homes vary in lot sizes from 2,500 sq. ft. to over 1 acre, with a price range that spans from $100,000 to over $2,000,000.

Map of Bacliff/San Leon

Bacliff/San Leon Real Estate Trends

Aldine Area

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Aldine Area $240,000 $79,000 50%

Aldine Area Map

Nestled just north of Houston, Aldine spans 7.92 square miles and is home to several communities.

The Aldine area is very popular due to its:

The Aldine real estate market has had impressive appreciation rates over the last decade. Homes in the area come in varied styles, including traditional, modern, ranch, and Spanish styles.

Map of Aldine Area

Aldine 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 %
Alief $253,500 $82,000 41%
Humble Area West $247,000 $82,000 45%
Northside $249,450 $82,000 24%
Humble Area East $247,000 $82,000 45%
Five Corners $255,000 $83,000 46%
1960/Cypress Creek South $250,000 $83,000 58%
Willowbrook South $255,000 $83,000 50%
Conroe Northeast $269,691 $84,000 60%
Stafford Area $267,000 $86,000 44%
Spring East $255,999 $86,000 52%
Huffman Area $269,990 $86,000 -12%
Humble Area South $258,000 $86,000 37%
Dickinson $269,000 $87,000 39%
Southbelt / Ellington $265,750 $87,000 50%
Spring Northeast $259,000 $87,000 60%
Medical Center Area $225,000 $88,000 -16%
Alvin South $271,840 $90,000 55%
Crosby Area $271,495 $90,000 45%
Bear Creek South $280,000 $93,000 65%
Brookshire $280,000 $93,000 15%
Mission Bend Area $289,900 $93,000 73%
Fort Bend South / Richmond $275,000 $93,000 40%
Brays Oaks $290,000 $93,000 20%
Conroe Southeast $282,445 $94,000 37%
La Porte/Shoreacres $285,000 $94,000 55%
Northwest Houston $295,000 $95,000 67%
Kingwood West $300,000 $97,000 63%
Katy North $300,000 $98,000 71%
1960/Cypress Creek North $305,997 $98,000 74%
Atascocita North $300,000 $98,000 60%
1960/Cypress $307,500 $98,000 70%
Waller $322,245 $99,000 19%
Sugar Land North $318,000 $99,000 32%
Missouri City Area $304,990 $101,000 39%
Atascocita South $305,000 $101,000 49%
Porter / New Caney East $285,000 $101,000 16%
Santa Fe $318,500 $102,000 55%
Hockley $287,975 $103,000 27%
Magnolia/1488 West $310,000 $106,000 17%
Porter / New Caney West $305,000 $106,000 20%
Lake Conroe Area $335,220 $108,000 28%
Copperfield Area $330,000 $108,000 67%
Spring/Klein $331,750 $109,000 45%
Eldridge North $340,250 $110,000 23%
Champions Area $340,000 $110,000 44%
Spring/Klein/Tomball $335,000 $110,000 64%
Magnolia/1488 East $360,000 $110,000 40%
University Area $350,000 $111,000 34%
Kingwood NW/Oakhurst $329,900 $112,000 28%
Jersey Village $345,000 $112,000 57%
Denver Harbor $350,000 $113,000 48%
Conroe Southwest $340,000 $113,000 38%
Clear Lake Area $350,000 $113,000 62%
Briarmeadow/Tanglewilde $338,750 $114,000 33%
Oak Forest West $365,500 $114,000 62%
Galleria $306,750 $116,000 -7%
Willow Meadows Area $371,250 $116,000 25%
Kingwood South $377,500 $122,000 75%
East End Revitalized $359,000 $122,000 29%
Pearland $370,000 $123,000 63%
Summerwood / Lakeshore $351,000 $124,000 32%
Kingwood East $381,500 $124,000 36%
Riverside $394,000 $126,000 12%
Katy Old Towne $360,000 $129,000 48%
Tomball South/Lakewood $389,500 $129,000 64%
Sugar Land East $412,000 $129,000 43%
Tomball $393,500 $131,000 65%
Katy Southeast $416,000 $133,000 48%
Shepherd Park Plaza Area $429,900 $134,000 7%
Fort Bend County North / Richmond $400,000 $134,000 67%
Energy Corridor $425,000 $136,000 31%
Sienna Area $392,387 $137,000 15%
Alvin North $385,390 $138,000 75%
Friendswood $441,500 $139,000 60%
Downtown Houston $330,000 $142,000 27%
Midtown Houston $370,000 $142,000 15%
Cypress North $420,000 $143,000 65%
Fulshear/South Brookshire $416,343 $145,000 2%
Spring Branch $445,000 $145,000 53%
Charnwood/Briarbend $416,500 $146,000 19%


Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Alief $253,500 $82,000 41%

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

Humble Area West

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Humble Area West $247,000 $82,000 45%

Humble Area West Map

Nestled west of I-69, Humble Area West is made up of smaller communities near the George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

Humble Area West residents enjoy:

Humble Area West features a great mix of residential communities, commercial areas, and green spaces. Golf courses, job centers, and parks are highly accessible from the area.

Map of Humble Area West

Humble Area West Real Estate Trends


Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Northside $249,450 $82,000 24%

Northside Map

Located directly north of downtown Houston, Northside is known for its established neighborhoods and great location.

The neighborhood is an appealing option for those looking for:

Northside homes include single-family, townhomes, and multi-family units. Homes in the area typically sit on lots ranging from 1,000 sq. ft. to over 4 acres.

Map of Northside

Northside Real Estate Trends

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

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Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Oak Forest East $485,000 $151,000 46%
League City $451,495 $152,000 64%
Meyerland Area $485,000 $153,000 15%
Cypress South $432,695 $153,000 54%
Sugar Land West $477,500 $155,000 54%
Knollwood/Woodside $490,000 $157,000 12%
Tomball Southwest $441,580 $157,000 21%
Katy Southwest $481,998 $165,000 43%
Cottage Grove $510,000 $166,000 30%
Washington East/Sabine $537,500 $174,000 31%
Fort Bend Southeast $505,000 $174,000 59%
Rosharon $570,500 $176,000 N/A
The Woodlands $570,500 $178,000 58%
Rice Military/Washington Corridor $570,000 $182,000 23%
Timbergrove/Lazybrook $574,000 $183,000 42%
Greenway Plaza $433,187 $183,000 -17%
Briargrove Park/Walnutbend $602,500 $190,000 58%
Sugar Land South $630,000 $199,000 41%
Memorial West $616,250 $203,000 16%
Heights/Greater Heights $685,000 $217,000 53%
Garden Oaks $702,750 $219,000 76%
Montrose $738,000 $235,000 21%
Tiki Island $750,000 $240,000 91%
Briar Hollow $610,000 $250,000 8%

Oak Forest East

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Oak Forest East $485,000 $151,000 46%

Oak Forest East Map

Located about 10 miles from downtown Houston, Oak Forest East is one of Houston’s best neighborhoods in land value appreciation.

Oak Forest East is known for its:

One of Houston’s older neighborhoods, Oak Forest features a mix of older ranch-style homes from the 1950s and 1960s and newer custom-built homes. The neighborhood also has an HOA that enforces deed restrictions.

Map of Oak Forest East

Oak Forest East Real Estate Trends

League City

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
League City $451,495 $152,000 64%

League City Map

Located 30 minutes from Downtown, League City is a 53-square-mile area south of Clear Lake City and Pearland. It features a variety of homes, from 5-bedroom estates to 2-bedroom ranch-style homes.

The city is known for its:

Residents enjoy various recreational options within League City. Key hotspots include the Perry Family YMCA, the Beacon Lakes Golf Club, and the League City Towne Center.

Map of League City

League City Real Estate Trends

Meyerland Area

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Meyerland Area $485,000 $153,000 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 %
Westchase Area $830,000 $276,000 17%
Briargrove $910,500 $288,000 16%
River Oaks Shopping Area $944,500 $300,000 29%
Rice / Museum District $1,052,000 $332,000 39%
Highland Village / Midlane $1,075,000 $337,000 50%
Royden Oaks/Afton Oaks $1,098,000 $345,000 38%
Upper Kirby $1,100,000 $351,000 32%
Bellaire Area $1,199,000 $372,000 29%
Braeswood Place $1,337,500 $417,000 78%
West University/Southside Area $1,712,500 $523,000 48%
Memorial Villages $1,763,000 $548,000 13%
Memorial Close In $1,740,000 $564,000 -20%
Memorial Park $1,812,000 $579,000 42%
Tanglewood Area $2,166,837 $680,000 23%
River Oaks Area $2,674,000 $840,000 40%

Westchase Area

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Westchase Area $830,000 $276,000 17%

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:

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

Map of Westchase Area

Westchase Area Real Estate Trends


Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
Briargrove $910,500 $288,000 16%

Briargrove Map

Briargrove is a deed-restricted community located about 2 miles west of the Galleria and east of Memorial.

Briargrove is a popular option due to its:

Established in the 1950s, Briargrove is made up of around 900 homes. While the neighborhood is known for its traditional one-story houses on large lots, it also features updated homes and newer custom-built properties.

Map of Briargrove

Briargrove Real Estate Trends

River Oaks Shopping Area

Area Median Home Price Salary Required* 10 Year %
River Oaks Shopping Area $944,500 $300,000 29%

River Oaks Shopping Area Map

River Oaks Shopping Area is nestled between River Oaks and Montrose. Rice Military borders the north side, while Upper Kirby is on the southwest of the neighborhood.

The district is highly in demand thanks to its:

River Oaks Shopping Area is near major thoroughfares, including Katy Freeway (I-10), Loop 610, and Southwest Freeway (US 59).

Map of River Oaks Shopping Area

River Oaks Shopping 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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