Bogalusa 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.
IndexBogalusaLouisianaNational
Cost of living index8392100
IndexBogalusaLouisianaNational
Goods & Services index10297100
Groceries index9698100
Health care index9397100
Housing index4381100
Transportation index9997100
Utilities index10694100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Bogalusa, LA cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Louisiana and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Bogalusa, LA is 83, which is 10% lower than the Louisiana average and 17% lower than that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in Bogalusa, LA are 5% higher than the average for Louisiana and 2% higher than the rest of the country.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Bogalusa is 10% lower than the Louisiana average.
  • The cost of living in Bogalusa is 17% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Bogalusa is 57% 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$27,239$2,270$636$817
Renters$16,071$1,339$375$482
One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Bogalusa, 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 Bogalusa, LA have a median income of $27,239. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $636 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $16,071, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $375.

Louisiana Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Louisiana5%12%

Louisiana Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Louisiana2%6%
When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Bogalusa, LA, it's important to take into account the sales tax for Louisiana, as well as the rate for income tax in Louisiana. Goods and services sold to consumers in any state have some form of sales tax. Each state has its own tax code, which means that sales tax rates vary from state to state, ranging from over 7% in some states to as low as 0% in others. The maximum surtax for Louisiana is 12%, and the sales tax in the state of Louisiana is 5%. Alternatively, the tax imposed on your income by the state government is known as income tax. The rate for this tax also varies from state to state, and your rate is affected by your tax bracket, which is determined by your level of income. Income tax rates might be as high as 9%, down to as low as 0%. The range for income tax rates in Louisiana starts from 2% and goes up to 6%.

Goods & Services

ItemBogalusaNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.65$16.092.7%
Beauty Salon $38.85$37.334.1%
Toothpaste $1.95$2.4520.2%
Shampoo $1.02$1.002.4%
Movie $10.76$10.284.7%
Bowling $4.17$4.9315.5%

Groceries

ItemBogalusaNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.67$3.803.5%
Fried Chicken $0.93$1.4033.1%
Milk $2.39$2.0119.2%
Potatoes $2.76$3.018.4%
Pizza $10.48$9.896.0%
Beer $8.50$8.904.4%

Health Care

ItemBogalusaNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $83.39$102.1618.4%
Doctor $91.54$108.3615.5%
Dentist $89.32$92.533.5%
Ibuprofen $9.38$9.281.1%
Lipitor $427.85$425.820.5%

Housing

ItemBogalusaNational avg.Difference
Home Price $67,000.00$184,700.0063.7%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,048.54$1,202.4412.8%
Apartment Rent $549.00$949.0042.1%

Transportation

ItemBogalusaNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.03$2.249.7%
Tire Balancing $54.32$46.2917.3%

Utilities

ItemBogalusaNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$151.71$165.968.6%
Phone $35.31$28.6823.1%
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.
Varnado, LA43782-18%
Angie, LA32775-25%
Sun, LA31290-10%
Hide-A-Way Lake, MS1,88396-4%
Bogalusa, LA11,96483-17%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Glenn Heights, TX11,95897-3%
Maryville, MO11,95787-13%
Freehold, NJ11,94412121%
Miller Place, NY11,98514141%
Washington, IN11,94185-15%
Bogalusa, LA11,96483-17%
Source: The Bogalusa, LA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2017.