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Cost of Living

Costs of living comparisons are based on local prices of consumer goods and services.  The farther below 100 a number is, the more the cost is below average.  The farther above 100 a number is, the more the cost is above average.

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

 

Fourth Quarter 2020 (Lake Charles Q4 numbers were unavailable due to hurricane impacts)

Metro Area 100% Composite Index 13.40% Grocery Items

29.34% Housing

8.94% Utilities 9.22% Transportation 4.26% Health Care 34.84% Misc. Goods and Services
Lake Charles -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Lafayette, LA 89.7 99.6 69.4 90.4 98.3 95.1 98.5
Alexandria, LA 90 97.8 74.4 101.4 90.8 93.9 95.3
Baton Rouge, LA 96.7 98 92.8 75.5 95.8 99.1 104.9
New Orleans, LA 109.3 98.8 136.3 77.5 96.5 117.7 103.3
Shreveport, LA 89.1 94.8 78.4 87.7 87.6 97.9 94.9
Monroe, LA 87.9 91 80 80.7 81.6 97.4 95.3
Beaumont, TX 97.1 100.1 97.6 98.3 94.7 91.4 96.4
Houston, TX 93.1 94.5 79.8 109.8 94.1 96.8 97.8
Corpus Christi, TX 97.9 88 95.1 131.9 90.1 79.7 99
Hattiesburg, MS 85.8 100.9 64.9 94.7 87.5 89.1 92.9
Mobile, AL 88.6 96.8 65.1 101.4 92 98.7 98.1
Little Rock, AR 96.6 88.9 88.4 94.4 90.5 87.6 109.1
Fayetteville, AR 85.5 96.5 74.1 93.1 96.3 78.7 85.9
Pensacola, FL 96.6 94.3 91.5 122.2 95.6 93.2 95.2
Daytona Beach, FL 94.1 94.6 88.8 117.5 92.2 94 92.2
Atlanta, GA 101.8 101.6 107.9 84.4 100.8 101.4 102.0
Decatur, IL 86 95.1 67.4 99.5 98.3 83.7 90.4
Grand Rapids, MI 94.2 89.1 87.2 100.3 106.1 95.9 96.6
Winston-Salem, NC 95.6 100 87 92.5 100.4 111.1 98.2
Chattanooga, TN 93.2 101.2 93.7 91 87.9 93.2 91.7

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

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