Natchitoches 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.
IndexNatchitochesLouisianaNational
Cost of living index9392100
IndexNatchitochesLouisianaNational
Goods & Services index10599100
Groceries index9996100
Health care index10997100
Housing index7682100
Transportation index9895100
Utilities index8891100
Here we can see a simple outline of the cost of living in Natchitoches, LA. As you can see, with the average cost of living in Natchitoches, LA being 93, that puts it 1% higher than the average of Louisiana and 7% 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 Natchitoches, LA, the price of goods and services are 7% higher than the average of Louisiana as well as 5% higher than the nation's average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Natchitoches is 1% higher than the Louisiana average.
  • The cost of living in Natchitoches is 7% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Natchitoches is 24% 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$52,127$4,344$1,216$1,564
Renters$15,803$1,317$369$474
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Natchitoches, LA, as well as what the average cost of living is. Generally, a good rule to follow is that the debt-to-income (DTI) level you want to maintain is 28 percent or less of your income on your rent or mortgage payment and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. In Natchitoches, LA homeowners have a median income of $52,127. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $1,216 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $15,803, which means there is a maximum of $369 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

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 Natchitoches, 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

ItemNatchitochesNational avg.Difference
Haircut $11.31$15.5627.4%
Beauty Salon $29.75$36.1117.6%
Toothpaste $3.04$2.4723.0%
Shampoo $1.10$0.9614.0%
Movie $9.92$10.132.1%
Bowling $4.50$4.745.0%

Groceries

ItemNatchitochesNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.47$3.9812.1%
Fried Chicken $1.28$1.418.8%
Milk $3.05$2.0648.0%
Potatoes $3.52$2.9818.0%
Pizza $12.44$9.4731.3%
Beer $8.40$8.794.4%

Health Care

ItemNatchitochesNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $94.67$101.046.3%
Doctor $116.89$107.448.8%
Dentist $108.17$90.4219.6%
Ibuprofen $10.97$9.2818.3%
Lipitor $377.81$426.5011.4%

Housing

ItemNatchitochesNational avg.Difference
Home Price $140,400.00$175,700.0020.1%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,029.33$1,133.239.2%
Apartment Rent $612.00$920.0033.5%

Transportation

ItemNatchitochesNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.80$1.999.5%
Tire Balancing $52.06$45.7613.8%

Utilities

ItemNatchitochesNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$170.18$163.813.9%
Phone $19.33$28.3931.9%
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.
St. Maurice, LA49674-26%
Powhatan, LA10473-27%
Natchez, LA35880-20%
Montgomery, LA64180-20%
Clarence, LA38182-18%
Natchitoches, LA18,46093-7%

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Iselin, NJ18,45712727%
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Jasmine Estates, FL18,47085-15%
Eastlake, OH18,44894-6%
Natchitoches, LA18,46093-7%
Source: The Natchitoches, LA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.