Bayou Vista 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.
IndexBayou VistaLouisianaNational
Cost of living index8691100
IndexBayou VistaLouisianaNational
Goods & Services index9597100
Groceries index9597100
Health care index10595100
Housing index6582100
Transportation index10094100
Utilities index8088100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Bayou Vista, LA is displayed above. In Bayou Vista, LA, the overall cost of living index is 86, which is 6% lower than the Louisiana average and 14% 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 Bayou Vista, LA, the city's goods and services are 1% lower than the Louisiana average and 5% lower than the U.S. average.

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  • The cost of living in Bayou Vista is 6% lower than the Louisiana average.
  • The cost of living in Bayou Vista is 14% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Bayou Vista is 35% 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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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Bayou Vista, LA by the percentage of a person’s income that he or she spends on the monthly housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). To stay on the safe side and keep one’s head above the water, a consumer should never spend more than 28 percent of his or her gross income on housing-related expenses and costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. Homeowners in Bayou Vista, LA have a median income of $52,885. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $1,234 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $22,656, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $529.

Louisiana Sales Tax

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Louisiana Income Tax

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One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in Bayou Vista, LA is the Louisiana sales tax and Louisiana income tax rates. Sales taxes are taxes that are collected on most goods or services sold. Sales taxes can vary by state and can be as high as 7% and as low as 0% as not every state imposes a sales tax. The Louisiana sales tax rate is 4% and the maximum surtax that can be charged is 11%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by both the federal and state government. The income tax rates varies by individual state and will also be higher or lower depending on the applicable tax bracket. The rates of state income tax can vary from 0% to more than 9%. The Louisiana income tax rates range from 2% to 6%.

Goods & Services

ItemBayou VistaNational avg.Difference
Haircut $16.00$14.599.6%
Beauty Salon $30.00$34.6813.5%
Toothpaste $1.96$2.4720.8%
Shampoo $0.97$1.025.1%
Movie $10.34$9.874.8%
Bowling $4.25$4.393.2%


ItemBayou VistaNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $5.07$4.4813.3%
Fried Chicken $1.38$1.465.7%
Milk $2.45$2.364.0%
Potatoes $3.84$3.0625.4%
Pizza $8.49$9.248.1%
Beer $7.88$8.638.7%

Health Care

ItemBayou VistaNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $109.50$99.789.7%
Doctor $94.00$105.0310.5%
Dentist $95.00$88.707.1%
Ibuprofen $11.99$9.4127.4%
Lipitor $335.03$298.5012.2%


ItemBayou VistaNational avg.Difference
Home Price $102,100.00$175,700.0041.9%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $881.52$1,081.0318.5%
Apartment Rent $748.00$920.0018.7%


ItemBayou VistaNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.05$2.092.2%
Tire Balancing $47.90$45.295.8%


ItemBayou VistaNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$127.35$170.8025.4%
Phone $24.91$28.2611.8%
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.

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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Siracusaville, LA60272-28%
Bayou L'Ourse, LA1,37578-22%
Amelia, LA2,29079-21%
Franklin, LA7,48381-19%
Berwick, LA4,85784-16%
Bayou Vista, LA5,09286-14%

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Bayou Vista, LA5,09286-14%
Source: The Bayou Vista, LA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.