Red Chute 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.
IndexRed ChuteLouisianaNational
Cost of living index9691100
IndexRed ChuteLouisianaNational
Goods & Services index9397100
Groceries index9697100
Health care index8795100
Housing index10682100
Transportation index9794100
Utilities index7988100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Red Chute, LA is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Red Chute, LA enjoy a cost of living index of 96. This index is 6% higher than the Louisiana average, and 4% 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 Red Chute, LA, the average cost of goods and services is 3% lower than it is in Louisiana, and it is 7% lower than the national average.

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  • The cost of living in Red Chute is 6% higher than the Louisiana average.
  • The cost of living in Red Chute is 4% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Red Chute is 6% higher 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 meant to help you compare your salary in Red Chute, LA to your potential earning power in another city. This can help you deduce what your salary would need to be in any given city in order for you to live the same lifestyle that you do in your current city. In other words, if you plan on moving to a city where the cost of living is higher than in Red Chute, LA, you'll have to make more money in the new city in order to maintain the lifestyle you currently enjoy. To use the Red Chute, LA salary calculator, simply input the new city, then move the adjustable slider to match your current income. Once you've selected your income, the calculator will determine if that income is sufficient to support your standard of living in the new city you entered. The calculator will also supply you with a rundown of living costs in the new city.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
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 Red Chute, 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. Red Chute, LA has a median income of about $72,900 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,701 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $43,242. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $1,009 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

Louisiana Sales Tax

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Louisiana Income Tax

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When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Red Chute, LA, it's important to take into account the sales tax for Louisiana, as well as the rate for income tax in Louisiana. Goods and services sold to consumers in any state have some form of sales tax. Each state has its own tax code, which means that sales tax rates vary from state to state, ranging from over 7% in some states to as low as 0% in others. The maximum surtax for Louisiana is 11%, and the sales tax in the state of Louisiana is 4%. Alternatively, the tax imposed on your income by the state government is known as income tax. The rate for this tax also varies from state to state, and your rate is affected by your tax bracket, which is determined by your level of income. Income tax rates might be as high as 9%, down to as low as 0%. The range for income tax rates in Louisiana starts from 2% and goes up to 6%.

Goods & Services

ItemRed ChuteNational avg.Difference
Haircut $11.50$14.5921.2%
Beauty Salon $35.38$34.682.0%
Toothpaste $2.31$2.476.6%
Shampoo $0.90$1.0211.9%
Movie $9.50$9.873.7%
Bowling $4.88$4.3911.1%


ItemRed ChuteNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.30$4.483.9%
Fried Chicken $1.20$1.4618.0%
Milk $2.47$2.364.8%
Potatoes $3.00$3.062.0%
Pizza $10.59$9.2414.6%
Beer $7.93$8.638.1%

Health Care

ItemRed ChuteNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $73.49$99.7826.3%
Doctor $96.50$105.038.1%
Dentist $75.90$88.7014.4%
Ibuprofen $9.52$9.411.1%
Lipitor $250.79$298.5016.0%


ItemRed ChuteNational avg.Difference
Home Price $155,900.00$175,700.0011.3%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $965.82$1,081.0310.7%
Apartment Rent $1,332.00$920.0044.8%


ItemRed ChuteNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.83$2.0912.4%
Tire Balancing $55.96$45.2923.6%


ItemRed ChuteNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$127.57$170.8025.3%
Phone $23.95$28.2615.2%
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.
Doyline, LA99978-22%
Benton, LA1,87882-18%
Haughton, LA3,45884-16%
Shreveport, LA200,69287-13%
Belcher, LA25387-13%
Red Chute, LA6,64396-4%

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Manorhaven, NY6,63816565%
Trinity, NC6,64888-12%
Cochituate, MA6,63716464%
Red Chute, LA6,64396-4%
Source: The Red Chute, LA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.