Grambling 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.
IndexGramblingLouisianaNational
Cost of living index8291100
IndexGramblingLouisianaNational
Goods & Services index9997100
Groceries index9897100
Health care index9195100
Housing index5382100
Transportation index8994100
Utilities index8288100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Grambling, LA is displayed above. In Grambling, LA, the overall cost of living index is 82, which is 10% lower than the Louisiana average and 18% 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 Grambling, LA, the city's goods and services are 2% higher than the Louisiana average and 2% lower than the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Grambling is 10% lower than the Louisiana average.
  • The cost of living in Grambling is 18% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Grambling is 47% 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$39,537$3,295$922$1,186
Renters$16,384$1,365$382$492
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Grambling, 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 Grambling, LA homeowners, is $39,537. This would allow for a maximum of $922 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $16,384 which would result in a maximum of $382 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%
One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in Grambling, LA is the Louisiana sales tax and Louisiana income tax rates. Sales taxes are taxes that are collected on most goods or services sold. Sales taxes can vary by state and can be as high as 7% and as low as 0% as not every state imposes a sales tax. The Louisiana sales tax rate is 4% and the maximum surtax that can be charged is 11%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by both the federal and state government. The income tax rates varies by individual state and will also be higher or lower depending on the applicable tax bracket. The rates of state income tax can vary from 0% to more than 9%. The Louisiana income tax rates range from 2% to 6%.

Goods & Services

ItemGramblingNational avg.Difference
Haircut $14.33$14.591.8%
Beauty Salon $27.50$34.6820.7%
Toothpaste $2.52$2.471.9%
Shampoo $0.97$1.025.1%
Movie $7.25$9.8726.5%
Bowling $4.59$4.394.5%

Groceries

ItemGramblingNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.77$4.4815.8%
Fried Chicken $1.22$1.4616.7%
Milk $2.88$2.3622.2%
Potatoes $3.82$3.0624.8%
Pizza $8.99$9.242.7%
Beer $7.74$8.6310.3%

Health Care

ItemGramblingNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $81.25$99.7818.6%
Doctor $83.67$105.0320.3%
Dentist $84.33$88.704.9%
Ibuprofen $9.47$9.410.6%
Lipitor $294.69$298.501.3%

Housing

ItemGramblingNational avg.Difference
Home Price $84,600.00$175,700.0051.8%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,067.80$1,081.031.2%
Apartment Rent $603.00$920.0034.5%

Transportation

ItemGramblingNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.98$2.095.1%
Tire Balancing $33.50$45.2926.0%

Utilities

ItemGramblingNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$131.56$170.8023.0%
Phone $25.01$28.2611.5%
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.
Chatham, LA59577-23%
Arcadia, LA2,93980-20%
Simsboro, LA1,21781-19%
Dubach, LA85782-18%
Quitman, LA15683-17%
Grambling, LA5,01582-18%

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Columbus, WI5,01498-2%
Santa Venetia, CA5,01716262%
Grambling, LA5,01582-18%
Source: The Grambling, LA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.