Gonzales 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.
IndexGonzalesLouisianaNational
Cost of living index9291100
IndexGonzalesLouisianaNational
Goods & Services index9797100
Groceries index9997100
Health care index10195100
Housing index8882100
Transportation index8594100
Utilities index8388100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Gonzales, LA. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Gonzales, LA being 92, that puts it 1% higher than the average of Louisiana and 8% lower 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 Gonzales, LA, the price of goods and services are equal to the average of Louisiana as well as 3% lower than the nation's average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Gonzales is 1% higher than the Louisiana average.
  • The cost of living in Gonzales is 8% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Gonzales is 12% 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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Using the salary calculator lets you compare the salary you earn in Gonzales, LA to what it is in other cities. It will let you know what your earnings would have to be in another city to have the same standard of living, as determined by the cost of living in each city. For example, if the cost of living in the area you want to move to is higher than the cost of living in Gonzales, LA, you have to earn a higher income in order to still have the same standard of living. To operate the Gonzales, LA salary calculator, put in the name of the other city, then move the slider to the point that represents the current income. The salary calculator will take care of the rest and tell you how much more or less you must earn in the new city. A Total breakdown of the cost of living is also provided.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$60,694$5,058$1,416$1,821
Renters$29,167$2,431$681$875
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Gonzales, 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 Gonzales, LA homeowners, is $60,694. This would allow for a maximum of $1,416 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $29,167 which would result in a maximum of $681 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%
When assessing the complete cost of living in Gonzales, 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

ItemGonzalesNational avg.Difference
Haircut $18.40$14.5926.1%
Beauty Salon $43.79$34.6826.3%
Toothpaste $3.92$2.4758.5%
Shampoo $2.31$1.02126.0%
Movie $9.13$9.877.5%
Bowling $3.91$4.3911.0%

Groceries

ItemGonzalesNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.97$4.4811.0%
Fried Chicken $1.55$1.465.9%
Milk $2.77$2.3617.5%
Potatoes $3.11$3.061.6%
Pizza $7.99$9.2413.6%
Beer $7.92$8.638.3%

Health Care

ItemGonzalesNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $141.25$99.7841.6%
Doctor $109.50$105.034.3%
Dentist $86.60$88.702.4%
Ibuprofen $9.48$9.410.7%
Lipitor $270.45$298.509.4%

Housing

ItemGonzalesNational avg.Difference
Home Price $147,700.00$175,700.0015.9%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $912.28$1,081.0315.6%
Apartment Rent $900.00$920.002.2%

Transportation

ItemGonzalesNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.80$2.0913.9%
Tire Balancing $36.98$45.2918.3%

Utilities

ItemGonzalesNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$138.15$170.8019.1%
Phone $24.01$28.2615.0%
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.
Lemannville, LA88777-23%
Welcome, LA1,01477-23%
Union, LA1,06079-21%
Convent, LA62381-19%
Romeville, LA26281-19%
Gonzales, LA10,13792-8%

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Source: The Gonzales, LA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.