Baton Rouge 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.
IndexBaton RougeLouisianaNational
Cost of living index9190100
IndexBaton RougeLouisianaNational
Goods & Services index9797100
Groceries index9997100
Health care index10195100
Housing index8579100
Transportation index8594100
Utilities index8388100

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  • The cost of living in Baton Rouge is 1% higher than the Louisiana average.
  • The cost of living in Baton Rouge is 9% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Baton Rouge is 15% 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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Louisiana Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Louisiana4%11%

Louisiana Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Louisiana2%6%

Goods & Services

ItemBaton RougeNational avg.Difference
Haircut $18.40$14.5926.1%
Beauty Salon $43.79$34.6826.3%
Toothpaste $3.92$2.4758.5%
Shampoo $2.31$1.02126.0%
Movie $9.13$9.877.5%
Bowling $3.91$4.3911.0%

Groceries

ItemBaton RougeNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.97$4.4811.0%
Fried Chicken $1.55$1.465.9%
Milk $2.77$2.3617.5%
Potatoes $3.11$3.061.6%
Pizza $7.99$9.2413.6%
Beer $7.92$8.638.3%

Health Care

ItemBaton RougeNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $141.25$99.7841.6%
Doctor $109.50$105.034.3%
Dentist $86.60$88.702.4%
Ibuprofen $9.48$9.410.7%
Lipitor $270.45$298.509.4%

Housing

ItemBaton RougeNational avg.Difference
Home Price $153,400.00$181,400.0015.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $912.28$1,081.0315.6%
Apartment Rent $773.00$889.0013.0%

Transportation

ItemBaton RougeNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.80$2.0913.9%
Tire Balancing $36.98$45.2918.3%

Utilities

ItemBaton RougeNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$138.15$170.8019.1%
Phone $24.01$28.2615.0%
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.
Crescent, LA89875-25%
Erwinville, LA2,22580-20%
St. Gabriel, LA6,65180-20%
Plaquemine, LA7,09882-18%
Merrydale, LA9,73185-15%
Baton Rouge, LA229,17491-9%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Glendale, AZ229,33193-7%
Lubbock, TX229,42884-16%
Durham, NC229,96397-3%
Winston-Salem, NC230,03099-1%
Garland, TX227,64199-1%
Baton Rouge, LA229,17491-9%
Source: The Baton Rouge, LA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.