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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.

2018 Annual Average Data

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 92 98.3 85 78.1 99.9 97.1 96.4
Lafayette, LA 90.1 99.4 78.5 88.1 104 87.9 93.3
Alexandria, LA 94.7 93.8 89.4 103.4 96.5 106.7 95.2
Baton Rouge, LA 100.3 106.7 92.6 87.4 103.5 110.5 105.4
New Orleans, LA 100.7 104.3 116.6 81.5 109.7 103.4 88.1
Shreveport, LA 89.8 101.1 78.8 74.4 90.7 95.2 97.7
Monroe, LA 89.2 97.7 88.2 85.7 83.4 82.2 90.1
Houma, LA 96.6 102.3 87.5 98 94 93.6 102.8
Beaumont, TX 94.5 90.2 91.8 100 102.4 88 95.8
Houston, TX 96.2 85.7 96.9 109.8 98.9 93.5 95.8
Odessa, TX 94.3 92.1 92 96.9 102.5 101.9 93.4
Corpus Christi, TX 95.9  85.5 89.1 136.8 99.3 84.5 95.7
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 92.7 100 73.4 107.7 97.1 101.7 100.1
Dothan, AL 84.8 98.8 69.8 90.6 87.4 87.5 89.6
Little Rock, AR 97.3 94.9 88.6 95.5 99.1 87.4 106.8
Fayetteville, AR 86.5 92.5 73 89.6 93 87 93.1
Pensacola, FL 97 105.8 80.3 116.4 93.6 85.7 105
Daytona Beach, FL 90 97.8 74.7 97.4 98.3 91.1 95.6
Albany, GA 91 100.9 73.6 93.7 107.3 101.5 95.6
Decatur, IL 88.6 93.1 74.5 106.5 94.4 86.8 92.9
Grand Rapids, MI 97 89.7 90.3 98.2 102.5 93.3 104
Winston-Salem, NC 92.8 95.5 67.1 94.6 104.2 117.2 106.9
Chattanooga, TN 96.7 96.9 103.6 89.9 91.9 100.2 93.4

 

 

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