Bunkie 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.
IndexBunkieLouisianaNational
Cost of living index8692100
IndexBunkieLouisianaNational
Goods & Services index10599100
Groceries index9996100
Health care index10997100
Housing index5182100
Transportation index9895100
Utilities index8891100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Bunkie, LA cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Bunkie, LA is 86, which is 7% lower than the Louisiana average and 14% lower than the national average. The cost of living index is created from the following categories: goods/services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). As you can see, goods/services and housing make up the majority of the overall cost of living index. Everyday goods and services can be a good indicator of the general cost of goods in a given city. In this case, the goods and services in Bunkie, LA are 7% higher than the Louisiana average and 5% higher than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Bunkie is 7% lower than the Louisiana average.
  • The cost of living in Bunkie is 14% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Bunkie is 49% 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)
Owners$34,525$2,877$806$1,036
Renters$20,228$1,686$472$607
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Bunkie, LA as well as the overall cost of living. As a general rule of thumb, the debt-to-income ratio (DTI) for homeowners or renters should be not more than 28 percent of gross income to be spent on housing related costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses, including debts. The median income for Bunkie, LA homeowners, is $34,525. This would allow for a maximum of $806 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $20,228 which would result in a maximum of $472 to be spent on rental costs.

Louisiana Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Louisiana4%11%

Louisiana Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Louisiana2%6%
For those who live in Bunkie, LA and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the Louisiana income tax rate and the Louisiana sales tax rate. By sales tax, we mean the taxes that are included whenever a person is purchasing any goods or services. The amount that is taxed depends upon the particular state, where some states have a sales tax of zero percent while others can have a tax higher than seven percent. In Louisiana, the sales tax is 4%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 11%. There is also income tax to consider, which is based upon the amount of money made in a year. Just like sales tax, income tax depends upon the particular state but also depends upon what tax bracket the person is in. Income tax for the state can be higher than nine percent in some states to zero percent in others. For those that live in Louisiana, the income tax rate ranges between 2% to 6%.

Goods & Services

ItemBunkieNational avg.Difference
Haircut $11.31$15.5627.4%
Beauty Salon $29.75$36.1117.6%
Toothpaste $3.04$2.4723.0%
Shampoo $1.10$0.9614.0%
Movie $9.92$10.132.1%
Bowling $4.50$4.745.0%

Groceries

ItemBunkieNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.47$3.9812.1%
Fried Chicken $1.28$1.418.8%
Milk $3.05$2.0648.0%
Potatoes $3.52$2.9818.0%
Pizza $12.44$9.4731.3%
Beer $8.40$8.794.4%

Health Care

ItemBunkieNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $94.67$101.046.3%
Doctor $116.89$107.448.8%
Dentist $108.17$90.4219.6%
Ibuprofen $10.97$9.2818.3%
Lipitor $377.81$426.5011.4%

Housing

ItemBunkieNational avg.Difference
Home Price $74,600.00$175,700.0057.5%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,029.33$1,133.239.2%
Apartment Rent $651.00$920.0029.2%

Transportation

ItemBunkieNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.80$1.999.5%
Tire Balancing $52.06$45.7613.8%

Utilities

ItemBunkieNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$170.18$163.813.9%
Phone $19.33$28.3931.9%
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.
Fifth Ward, LA87382-18%
Cheneyville, LA49082-18%
Plaucheville, LA17484-16%
Evergreen, LA30384-16%
Pine Prairie, LA1,50285-15%
Bunkie, LA4,12786-14%

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Argo, AL4,12790-10%
Kalaheo, HI4,12717676%
Heritage Village, CT4,12611414%
Ellenville, NY4,1261055%
Red Oaks Mill, NY4,12813838%
Bunkie, LA4,12786-14%
Source: The Bunkie, LA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.