Vidalia 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 index8892100
Goods & Services index10599100
Groceries index9996100
Health care index10997100
Housing index5982100
Transportation index9895100
Utilities index8891100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Vidalia, LA is displayed above. In Vidalia, LA, the overall cost of living index is 88, which is 4% lower than the Louisiana average and 12% 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 Vidalia, LA, the city's goods and services are 7% higher than the Louisiana average and 5% higher than the U.S. average.

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  • The cost of living in Vidalia is 4% lower than the Louisiana average.
  • The cost of living in Vidalia is 12% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Vidalia is 41% 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)
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Vidalia, 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 Vidalia, LA, the median monthly income is $48,911 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,141 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $30,231, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $705 on monthly rental expenses.

Louisiana Sales Tax

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Louisiana Income Tax

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When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Vidalia, 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

ItemVidaliaNational 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%


ItemVidaliaNational 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

ItemVidaliaNational 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%


ItemVidaliaNational avg.Difference
Home Price $98,000.00$175,700.0044.2%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,029.33$1,133.239.2%
Apartment Rent $606.00$920.0034.1%


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


ItemVidaliaNational 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.

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Clayton, LA71879-21%
Minorca, LA1,86682-18%
Ridgecrest, LA63084-16%
Ferriday, LA3,47984-16%
Cloverdale, MS65286-14%
Vidalia, LA4,23888-12%

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Presidio, TX4,23774-26%
Mountain Lakes, NJ4,23519494%
Isle of Palms, SC4,24118787%
Del Mar, CA4,242275175%
Vidalia, LA4,23888-12%
Source: The Vidalia, LA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.