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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.

 

2019 Annual Average Data

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 87.2 98.2 75 74.7 93.9 93.6 93.3
Lafayette, LA 88.7 101.6 71.3 88.1 104.6 88 93.2
Alexandria, LA 92.8 93.1 83 103.6 99.6 100.4 94.8
Baton Rouge, LA 99 102.3 91.3 85.4 100.4 104.4 106.4
New Orleans, LA 104.5 102.4 124.1 81.6 101.1 115.1 96
Shreveport, LA 91 99.2 80.7 85.9 92.2 100.4 95.7
Monroe, LA 87.4 94.5 80 81.4 93.8 94.2 89.8
Beaumont, TX 95.6 89.4 93.9 96.8 98.1 93.9 98.6
Houston, TX 95.5 88.2 90.2 105.9 95.1 92 100.2
Odessa, TX 96.8 91 100.6 97.2 101.2 103 94.1
Corpus Christi, TX 94.1  85.7 82.5 140.8 91.1 85 95.8
Hattiesburg, MS 83.1 100.4 67 90.5 90.2 88.2 84.5
Mobile, AL 94.3 101.1 73.9 106.8 92 106.1 103.2
Dothan, AL 89.6 104 71.7 90.6 89.4 96.4 96.9
Little Rock, AR 95.6 94.8 87.1 97.5 94.6 99.6 103.1
Fayetteville, AR 83.4 90.1 68.6 89.9 89.5 81.5 89.1
Pensacola, FL 95.6 101.3 85.9 116.9 96.5 97.4 94.8
Daytona Beach, FL 89.9 95.8 72.8 98.3 99.7 92.5 95.7
Atlanta, GA 102.4 103.1 102.4 85.2 103.4 107 105.9
Decatur, IL 87.8 93.3 70.2 111.9 95.6 85.9 91.1
Grand Rapids, MI 93.8 92.5 86.4 98.6 103.9 92.2 96.2
Winston-Salem, NC 90.5 101.2 66 94.7 91.8 119.4 100.4
Chattanooga, TN 94.7 99.5 95.9 91 90.9 97.2 93.5

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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