Belle Chasse 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.
IndexBelle ChasseLouisianaNational
Cost of living index10491100
IndexBelle ChasseLouisianaNational
Goods & Services index9397100
Groceries index9897100
Health care index9995100
Housing index13182100
Transportation index8694100
Utilities index8488100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Belle Chasse, LA. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Belle Chasse, LA being 104, that puts it 14% higher than the average of Louisiana and 4% higher than our nation's average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city's goods. In the case of Belle Chasse, LA, the price of goods and services are 4% lower than the average of Louisiana as well as 7% lower than the nation's average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Belle Chasse is 14% higher than the Louisiana average.
  • The cost of living in Belle Chasse is 4% higher than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Belle Chasse is 31% higher 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)
Owners$86,657$7,221$2,022$2,600
Renters$46,540$3,878$1,086$1,396
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Belle Chasse, LA, as well as what the average cost of living is. Generally, a good rule to follow is that the debt-to-income (DTI) level you want to maintain is 28 percent or less of your income on your rent or mortgage payment and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. In Belle Chasse, LA homeowners have a median income of $86,657. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $2,022 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $46,540, which means there is a maximum of $1,086 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

Louisiana Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Louisiana4%11%

Louisiana Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Louisiana2%6%
When assessing the complete cost of living in Belle Chasse, LA, the Louisiana income tax and the Louisiana sales tax percentages should unquestionably be taken into consideration. Sales taxes aren't just levies imposed onto sold goods, but they also include taxes that are charged when services are provided for a fee. The rates are different from state to state and can run has high as 7 percent. Some states have no sales tax at all. The Louisiana maximum surtax is 11%, and the Louisiana sales tax is 4%. By contrast, income tax is an unfortunate obligation that is charged by the government against earnings. Just like sales taxes, the rates for income taxes differ from state to state. They also decrease or increase according to the individual's tax bracket. Tax rates can run as high as 9 percent, with a minimum of zero. Income tax rates range from 2% to 6% in Louisiana.

Goods & Services

ItemBelle ChasseNational avg.Difference
Haircut $13.33$14.598.7%
Beauty Salon $35.00$34.680.9%
Toothpaste $2.05$2.4717.1%
Shampoo $0.92$1.0210.0%
Movie $10.60$9.877.4%
Bowling $8.00$4.3982.2%

Groceries

ItemBelle ChasseNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.23$4.485.5%
Fried Chicken $1.32$1.469.8%
Milk $2.63$2.3611.6%
Potatoes $3.65$3.0619.2%
Pizza $8.99$9.242.7%
Beer $7.58$8.6312.2%

Health Care

ItemBelle ChasseNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $75.67$99.7824.2%
Doctor $81.90$105.0322.0%
Dentist $97.50$88.709.9%
Ibuprofen $10.62$9.4112.8%
Lipitor $323.59$298.508.4%

Housing

ItemBelle ChasseNational avg.Difference
Home Price $239,400.00$175,700.0036.3%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,015.20$1,081.036.1%
Apartment Rent $1,090.00$920.0018.5%

Transportation

ItemBelle ChasseNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.82$2.0913.2%
Tire Balancing $38.32$45.2915.4%

Utilities

ItemBelle ChasseNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$125.82$170.8026.3%
Phone $28.01$28.260.9%
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.
Pleasure Bend, LA33279-21%
Poydras, LA2,30984-16%
Bridge City, LA7,16384-16%
Barataria, LA90885-15%
Lafitte, LA1,27685-15%
Belle Chasse, LA13,1711044%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
King City, CA13,1711055%
Claremont, NH13,1691055%
Weigelstown, PA13,17498-2%
Wauconda, IL13,1891088%
Streator, IL13,15285-15%
Belle Chasse, LA13,1711044%
Source: The Belle Chasse, LA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.