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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.

 

First Quarter 2020

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 86.2 97.2 75.8 74.5 97.5 92.5 89.4
Lafayette, LA 90.3 102.1 72.8 90.4 103.2 93.1 95.5
Alexandria, LA 90.2 90.1 81.9 100.4 97.6 107.3 104.8
Baton Rouge, LA 98.1 99.3 94.6 78 100.4 104.4 106.4
New Orleans, LA 111.1 100.3 137.3 75.6 103.2 115.1 106.1
Shreveport, LA 91.9 98.4 79.6 87.8 95.3 101.1 98.1
Monroe, LA 88.5 94.3 83.3 80.4 91.4 93.5 91
Beaumont, TX 95 89.9 92.3 97.2 94.4 96.3 98.5
Houston, TX 95.6 88.4 87.1 112 96.7 94.6 100.5
Corpus Christi, TX 95.3 84.4 88.8 138.9 94.6 83.1 94.6
Hattiesburg, MS 86.6 102.6 66.6 94.8 91.4 91.1 91.9
Mobile, AL 90.6 96 69.8 101.3 91.5 103.2 99.9
Little Rock, AR 96.3 93.8 88.2 96 94.2 98 104.1
Fayetteville, AR 83.1 84.3 72.3 97.5 92.9 77.1 85.2
Pensacola, FL 97 104.2 89 119.7 97.3 92.7 94.6
Daytona Beach, FL 94.6 108.1 81.3 117.2 94.5 94.1 93.5
Atlanta, GA 99.9 103.2 96.2 84.5 103.1 103.3 104.3
Decatur, IL 86.9 90.9 63.5 96.5 106.5 95.5 94.8
Grand Rapids, MI 94.1 90.4 87.3 99.8 108.2 95 95.6
Winston-Salem, NC 92.6 102.2 71.7 94.3 98.2 121.6 99.5
Chattanooga, TN 93.5 100.7 92.4 89.3 90 96.6 93.1

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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