Benton 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.
IndexBentonLouisianaNational
Cost of living index8292100
IndexBentonLouisianaNational
Goods & Services index9797100
Groceries index9998100
Health care index9597100
Housing index5681100
Transportation index9397100
Utilities index7594100

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  • The cost of living in Benton is 11% lower than the Louisiana average.
  • The cost of living in Benton is 18% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Benton is 44% lower than the national average.
  • Louisiana general sales tax is 2% 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$51,648$4,304$1,205$1,550
Renters$21,111$1,759$493$633

Louisiana Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Louisiana5%12%

Louisiana Income Tax

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

Goods & Services

ItemBentonNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.51$16.093.6%
Beauty Salon $54.81$37.3346.8%
Toothpaste $2.13$2.4513.0%
Shampoo $1.02$1.001.9%
Movie $9.63$10.286.3%
Bowling $4.96$4.930.5%

Groceries

ItemBentonNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.91$3.8029.0%
Fried Chicken $1.04$1.4025.5%
Milk $2.98$2.0148.4%
Potatoes $3.14$3.014.2%
Pizza $10.99$9.8911.2%
Beer $8.05$8.909.6%

Health Care

ItemBentonNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $76.67$102.1625.0%
Doctor $97.55$108.3610.0%
Dentist $88.42$92.534.4%
Ibuprofen $8.61$9.287.2%
Lipitor $447.55$425.825.1%

Housing

ItemBentonNational avg.Difference
Home Price $90,600.00$184,700.0050.9%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,069.76$1,202.4411.0%
Apartment Rent $684.00$949.0027.9%

Transportation

ItemBentonNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.09$2.247.0%
Tire Balancing $43.77$46.295.5%

Utilities

ItemBentonNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$109.48$165.9634.0%
Phone $24.59$28.6814.3%
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.
Vivian, LA3,64577-23%
Oil City, LA99079-21%
Plain Dealing, LA90380-20%
Mooringsport, LA72280-20%
Lakeview, LA1,26784-16%
Benton, LA1,90982-18%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Warren, OR1,90912121%
Las Animas, CO1,90978-22%
Monon, IN1,90982-18%
Huntington, UT1,90987-13%
Seymour, MO1,90981-19%
Benton, LA1,90982-18%
Source: The Benton, LA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2017.