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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.

Third Quarter 2018

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 89.3 97.7 83.7 76.9 104.6 98.7 88.9
Lafayette, LA 90.6 103 78.4 88 104.4 88.3 93.2
Alexandria, LA 92 91.3 87.8 103.1 88.4 102.3 92.1
Baton Rouge, LA 99.8 104.3 91.3 87.2 99 107.2 107.7
Shreveport, LA 90 97.5 81.3 73 96.4 97.8 96.4
Monroe, LA 89.7 96.5 88.9 84.9 82.7 82.5 91.9
Houma, LA 95.1 101.4 86.9 99.8 100.2 87 97.8
Beaumont, TX 93.7 88.3 94.1 97.4 103.6 86.2 92.9
Houston, TX 91 83.8 88.1 90.2 95.3 98.1 94.3
Austin, TX 99.7 89.7 103.3 96.6 96.6 106.1 101.6
Dallas, TX  103.7 102.7 107.5 104.4 95.7 105.1 102.8
Corpus Christi, TX 95.8  85.6 88.8 135.6 99.4 86 94.5
Gulfport-Biloxi, MS 88.3 100 71.5 98.9 95.8 98.5 91.2
Hattiesburg, MS 84.5 99.9 72 90.2 88.3 92.4 85
Mobile, AL 93.8 99 74.3 106 95.4 105.8 102
Montgomery, AL 90.9 101.5 80.2 102.2 94.8 85.8 92
Little Rock, AR 99.4 96.1 86.3 96.4 94.3 83.4 115.5
Los Angeles, CA 146.8 115.2 233.7 108.1 126.5 107.6 110.3
Denver, CO 114.3 100.5 140.5 79.3 106.4 102.6 111.9
Jacksonville, FL 91.1 101.3 83.5 96.2 84.5 82 94.6
Atlanta, GA 102.7 99.9 108.1 87 100.8 108.8 103.5
Chicago, IL 120.8 99.7 154.9 92.8 125.9 101.3 110.6
Boston, MA 150.4 108.9 218.7 121.3 114.9 133.8 130.9
Charlotte, NC 97.2 96 85.2 93 90.6 107.8 108.7
Chattanooga, TN 96.3 96.5 102.7 90.9 93.4 99.4 92.8
Nashville, TN 98.2 94.6 94.2 97.6 94.5 87.7 105.3

 

 

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