Estelle 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.
IndexEstelleLouisianaNational
Cost of living index9291100
IndexEstelleLouisianaNational
Goods & Services index9397100
Groceries index9897100
Health care index9995100
Housing index9482100
Transportation index8694100
Utilities index8488100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Estelle, LA is displayed above. In Estelle, LA, the overall cost of living index is 92, which is 2% higher than the Louisiana average and 8% 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 Estelle, LA, the city's goods and services are 4% lower than the Louisiana average and 7% lower than the U.S. average.

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  • The cost of living in Estelle is 2% higher than the Louisiana average.
  • The cost of living in Estelle is 8% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Estelle is 6% 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$59,128$4,927$1,380$1,774
Renters$27,079$2,257$632$812
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Estelle, LA, all you must look at is the percentage of monthly income that should be spent on housing expenses, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). Generally speaking, no more than 28 percent of your total gross income should be spent on your housing expenses and not more than 36 percent of your gross income on total expenses, including debts. In Estelle, LA, the median monthly income is $59,128 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,380 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $27,079, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $632 on monthly rental expenses.

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 Estelle, 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

ItemEstelleNational 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

ItemEstelleNational 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

ItemEstelleNational 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

ItemEstelleNational avg.Difference
Home Price $145,700.00$175,700.0017.1%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,015.20$1,081.036.1%
Apartment Rent $1,106.00$920.0020.2%

Transportation

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

Utilities

ItemEstelleNational 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%
Estelle, LA15,23692-8%

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West University Place, TX15,22318383%
Estelle, LA15,23692-8%
Source: The Estelle, LA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.