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Cost of Living

Cost of Living measures cost-of-living differences between urban areas based on local prices of consumer goods and services.

The farther below 100 a number is, the lower the cost is from the average.  The farther above 100 a number is, the higher the cost is from the average.

This index does not measure inflation. To learn how the Cost of Living Index is calculated, visit Coli.org.  For inflation data, visit The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The chart below shows the cost of living for various urban areas compared to the Lake Charles MSA.

First Quarter 2019

Metro Area 100% Composite Index 13.47% Grocery Items 28.15% Housing 9.90% Utilities 8.99% Transportation 4.57% Health Care 34.92% Misc. Goods and Services
Lake Charles 87.5 99.4 74.7 75.3 95.4 97.1 93.6
Lafayette, LA 90.1 99.4 78.5 88.1 104 87.9 93.3
Alexandria, LA 95.2 92.5 85.6 102.4 115 101.2 96.4
Baton Rouge, LA 98.8 104.9 90 85.3 98.9 100.8 107.2
New Orleans, LA 103.4 103.2 120.7 83 100.8 111.5 93.9
Shreveport, LA 93.8 102 84.9 85.8 93.6 102.9 99.2
Monroe, LA 90.3 97.1 89.8 82.1 90.7 95.4 89.4
Houma, LA 94.7 100.7 87.6 97.6 107.3 91.9 94.7
Beaumont, TX 94.7 87.9 93.6 99.4 94.2 92.2 97.4
Houston, TX 95.4 87.1 90.7 107.3 96.3 92.3 99.6
Odessa, TX 97 93.8 98.4 98.8 106.9 102.3 93.4
Corpus Christi, TX 93.6  85.7 79.5 140.7 93.7 87.1 97.2
Gulfport-Biloxi, MS 84.5 95.7 68.5 98.9 92.1 100 86.2
Hattiesburg, MS 83.6 97.8 71 90.7 89.4 90 84.5
Mobile, AL 92.4 101.9 73.5 111 87.7 106.5 99.5
Dothan, AL 87.9 100.5 72 90.9 89 91.1 95.1
Little Rock, AR 97 97.3 88.2 97.1 96 87.2 105.8
Fayetteville, AR 81.9 90.1 67.4 90.2 84.3 84.3 87.8
Pensacola, FL 93.5 102.2 81.1 116.1 93.7 99.5 93.9
Daytona Beach, FL 90.1 100.1 72.1 99.3 99.2 91.2 96.5
Albany, GA 87 92 71.3 113.5 88.1 86.3 91.4
Decatur, IL 87 92 71.3 113.5 88.1 86.3 91.4
Grand Rapids, MI 93.8 94.9 85.4 97.9 99.5 91.6 98.1
Winston-Salem, NC 91.8 101.9 70.2 96 98 114.4 100.6
Chattanooga, TN 94.7 100 96.7 88.9 89.8 97.9 93.3

 

 

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