Lafayette 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.
Cost of living index9491100
Goods & Services index9397100
Groceries index9597100
Health care index8595100
Housing index9482100
Transportation index9494100
Utilities index9588100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Lafayette, LA is shown above. Compared to the state average of Louisiana the cost of living index in Lafayette, LA is 94, which is 3% higher than the average in Louisiana and compared to the national average it is 6% lower than. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Lafayette, LA goods and services come in at 4% lower than the average in Louisiana and are 7% lower than compared to the nationwide average.

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  • The cost of living in Lafayette is 3% higher than the Louisiana average.
  • The cost of living in Lafayette is 6% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Lafayette 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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The salary calculator is used in order to provide a comparison of your current salary in Lafayette, LA to another city of your choice. The calculator will inform you of what your salary needs to be in any specific city in order for you to maintain your living standard based on what the city’s cost of living is. As an example, if you are seeking to move to a city that has a higher cost of living compared to Lafayette, LA, you would have to earn a higher income to maintain a standard of living that is similar. To get started with the Lafayette, LA salary calculator, input the new city’s name and then move the slider to indicate your current income. The salary calculator will now process the numbers and show you whether you need to earn more or less in the chosen city. A comprehensive breakdown of the cost of living will also be shown.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Lafayette, 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 Lafayette, LA, the median monthly income is $64,578 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,507 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $27,449, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $640 on monthly rental expenses.

Louisiana Sales Tax

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Louisiana Income Tax

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For those who live in Lafayette, 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

ItemLafayetteNational avg.Difference
Haircut $16.00$14.599.6%
Beauty Salon $37.60$34.688.4%
Toothpaste $2.52$2.471.9%
Shampoo $0.95$1.027.0%
Movie $9.00$9.878.8%
Bowling $5.25$4.3919.5%


ItemLafayetteNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.74$4.485.9%
Fried Chicken $1.29$1.4611.9%
Milk $2.60$2.3610.3%
Potatoes $3.16$3.063.2%
Pizza $8.94$9.243.3%
Beer $8.31$8.633.7%

Health Care

ItemLafayetteNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $79.20$99.7820.6%
Doctor $71.00$105.0332.4%
Dentist $76.40$88.7013.9%
Ibuprofen $9.52$9.411.1%
Lipitor $289.82$298.502.9%


ItemLafayetteNational avg.Difference
Home Price $171,700.00$175,700.002.3%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $894.89$1,081.0317.2%
Apartment Rent $786.00$920.0014.6%


ItemLafayetteNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.87$2.0910.8%
Tire Balancing $48.00$45.296.0%


ItemLafayetteNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$154.21$170.809.7%
Phone $28.73$28.261.7%
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.
Cankton, LA71370-30%
St. Martinville, LA6,10978-22%
Duson, LA1,80178-22%
Arnaudville, LA1,23879-21%
Grand Coteau, LA91479-21%
Lafayette, LA123,52894-6%

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Denton, TX122,7421022%
Kent, WA122,62011616%
Carrollton, TX124,5011066%
Enterprise, NV124,56411313%
Lafayette, LA123,52894-6%
Source: The Lafayette, LA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.