Ville Platte 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.
IndexVille PlatteLouisianaNational
Cost of living index7991100
IndexVille PlatteLouisianaNational
Goods & Services index9397100
Groceries index9597100
Health care index8595100
Housing index4682100
Transportation index9494100
Utilities index9588100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Ville Platte, LA cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Ville Platte, LA is 79, which is 13% lower than the Louisiana average and 21% lower than the national average. The cost of living index is created from the following categories: goods/services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). As you can see, goods/services and housing make up the majority of the overall cost of living index. Everyday goods and services can be a good indicator of the general cost of goods in a given city. In this case, the goods and services in Ville Platte, LA are 4% lower than the Louisiana average and 7% lower than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Ville Platte is 13% lower than the Louisiana average.
  • The cost of living in Ville Platte is 21% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Ville Platte is 54% 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$32,083$2,674$749$963
Renters$14,539$1,212$339$436
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 Ville Platte, 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. Ville Platte, LA has a median income of about $32,083 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $749 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $14,539. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $339 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 Ville Platte, 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

ItemVille PlatteNational 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%

Groceries

ItemVille PlatteNational 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

ItemVille PlatteNational 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%

Housing

ItemVille PlatteNational avg.Difference
Home Price $76,300.00$175,700.0056.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $894.89$1,081.0317.2%
Apartment Rent $479.00$920.0047.9%

Transportation

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

Utilities

ItemVille PlatteNational 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.
Mamou, LA3,21176-24%
Chataignier, LA43577-23%
Pine Prairie, LA1,50287-13%
Lawtell, LA1,30680-20%
Eunice, LA10,32581-19%
Ville Platte, LA7,33679-21%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Wedgefield, FL7,3371077%
Canal Winchester, OH7,33492-8%
Middletown, KY7,3331011%
Helena Valley Southeast, MT7,34099-1%
Northgate, OH7,33290-10%
Ville Platte, LA7,33679-21%
Source: The Ville Platte, LA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.