Moss Bluff 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.
IndexMoss BluffLouisianaNational
Cost of living index9292100
IndexMoss BluffLouisianaNational
Goods & Services index9199100
Groceries index9696100
Health care index9597100
Housing index9282100
Transportation index9895100
Utilities index8991100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Moss Bluff, LA is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Moss Bluff, LA enjoy a cost of living index of 92. This index is equal to the Louisiana average, and 8% lower than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Moss Bluff, LA, the average cost of goods and services is 8% lower than it is in Louisiana, and it is 10% lower than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Moss Bluff is equal to the Louisiana average.
  • The cost of living in Moss Bluff is 8% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Moss Bluff is 8% 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$70,417$5,868$1,643$2,113
Renters$46,767$3,897$1,091$1,403
A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living is by simply calculating the maximum that a person should spend on housing in Moss Bluff, LA, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The safest way to live in the city is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income that one earns on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Moss Bluff, LA has a median income of about $70,417 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,643 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $46,767. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $1,091 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

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 Moss Bluff, 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

ItemMoss BluffNational avg.Difference
Haircut $14.97$15.563.8%
Beauty Salon $35.17$36.112.6%
Toothpaste $2.31$2.476.4%
Shampoo $1.02$0.965.7%
Movie $7.83$10.1322.6%
Bowling $6.00$4.7426.7%

Groceries

ItemMoss BluffNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.64$3.988.6%
Fried Chicken $1.12$1.4120.6%
Milk $2.36$2.0614.4%
Potatoes $2.65$2.9811.1%
Pizza $8.41$9.4711.2%
Beer $8.15$8.797.3%

Health Care

ItemMoss BluffNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $106.08$101.045.0%
Doctor $82.67$107.4423.1%
Dentist $87.45$90.423.3%
Ibuprofen $9.72$9.284.8%
Lipitor $450.92$426.505.7%

Housing

ItemMoss BluffNational avg.Difference
Home Price $161,400.00$175,700.008.1%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,080.91$1,133.234.6%
Apartment Rent $838.00$920.008.9%

Transportation

ItemMoss BluffNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.81$1.999.3%
Tire Balancing $52.85$45.7615.5%

Utilities

ItemMoss BluffNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$120.16$163.8126.6%
Phone $31.32$28.3910.3%
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.
Reeves, LA29377-23%
Gillis, LA46580-20%
DeQuincy, LA3,20180-20%
Iowa, LA3,08384-16%
Westlake, LA4,58584-16%
Moss Bluff, LA12,44392-8%

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Effingham, IL12,42885-15%
Loveland, OH12,42596-4%
Moss Bluff, LA12,44392-8%
Source: The Moss Bluff, LA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.