Abbeville cost of living index

In the event that the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used. Each cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. If the amount is below 100, it is lower than the national average. If the amount is above 100, it is higher than the national average.
IndexAbbevilleLouisianaNational
Cost of living index8191100
IndexAbbevilleLouisianaNational
Goods & Services index9397100
Groceries index9597100
Health care index8595100
Housing index5382100
Transportation index9494100
Utilities index9588100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Abbeville, LA is displayed above. In Abbeville, LA, the overall cost of living index is 81, which is 11% lower than the Louisiana average and 19% lower than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Abbeville, LA, the city's goods and services are 4% lower than the Louisiana average and 7% lower than the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Abbeville is 11% lower than the Louisiana average.
  • The cost of living in Abbeville is 19% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Abbeville is 47% lower than the national average.
  • Louisiana general sales tax is 21% lower than the national average.
  • Louisiana state income tax is 10% lower than the national average.

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The salary calculator is used in order to provide a comparison of your current salary in Abbeville, LA to another city of your choice. The calculator will inform you of what your salary needs to be in any specific city in order for you to maintain your living standard based on what the city’s cost of living is. As an example, if you are seeking to move to a city that has a higher cost of living compared to Abbeville, LA, you would have to earn a higher income to maintain a standard of living that is similar. To get started with the Abbeville, LA salary calculator, input the new city’s name and then move the slider to indicate your current income. The salary calculator will now process the numbers and show you whether you need to earn more or less in the chosen city. A comprehensive breakdown of the cost of living will also be shown.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$41,393$3,449$966$1,242
Renters$21,689$1,807$506$651
A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living is by simply calculating the maximum that a person should spend on housing in Abbeville, LA, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The safest way to live in the city is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income that one earns on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Abbeville, LA has a median income of about $41,393 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $966 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $21,689. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $506 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

Louisiana Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Louisiana4%11%

Louisiana Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Louisiana2%6%
When you are determining the total cost of living in Abbeville, LA you will want to make sure you consider both the Louisiana sales tax and the Louisiana income tax rates. Sales tax come in the form of taxes levied on both services and goods that are sold. The sales tax rates are different state to state and range from zero sales tax to higher than 7%. The sales tax in Louisiana is 4%, with the highest surtax being 11%. Tax that is on income by the government is income tax. Different states have different income tax rates and these rates can be higher or lower dependent on the corresponding tax bracket. The state income tax rates are different state to state and range from no income tax to more than 9% income tax. The income tax rates in Louisiana have a range from 2% to 6%.

Goods & Services

ItemAbbevilleNational avg.Difference
Haircut $16.00$14.599.6%
Beauty Salon $37.60$34.688.4%
Toothpaste $2.52$2.471.9%
Shampoo $0.95$1.027.0%
Movie $9.00$9.878.8%
Bowling $5.25$4.3919.5%

Groceries

ItemAbbevilleNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.74$4.485.9%
Fried Chicken $1.29$1.4611.9%
Milk $2.60$2.3610.3%
Potatoes $3.16$3.063.2%
Pizza $8.94$9.243.3%
Beer $8.31$8.633.7%

Health Care

ItemAbbevilleNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $79.20$99.7820.6%
Doctor $71.00$105.0332.4%
Dentist $76.40$88.7013.9%
Ibuprofen $9.52$9.411.1%
Lipitor $289.82$298.502.9%

Housing

ItemAbbevilleNational avg.Difference
Home Price $81,500.00$175,700.0053.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $894.89$1,081.0317.2%
Apartment Rent $627.00$920.0031.8%

Transportation

ItemAbbevilleNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.87$2.0910.8%
Tire Balancing $48.00$45.296.0%

Utilities

ItemAbbevilleNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$154.21$170.809.7%
Phone $28.73$28.261.7%
Although the cost of living data is updated regularly, this cost of living information is to be used as estimates only as prices can change on an ongoing basis.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Kaplan, LA4,60479-21%
Delcambre, LA1,97382-18%
Erath, LA2,16782-18%
Cade, LA1,21387-13%
Maurice, LA1,49091-9%
Abbeville, LA12,34181-19%

Cities with similar population

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Mountain Home, AR12,33888-12%
Riverview, MI12,34788-12%
Lone Tree, CO12,32813939%
Marion, AR12,35489-11%
Winfield, KS12,32484-16%
Abbeville, LA12,34181-19%
Source: The Abbeville, LA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.