Vivian 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.
IndexVivianLouisianaNational
Cost of living index7891100
IndexVivianLouisianaNational
Goods & Services index9397100
Groceries index9697100
Health care index8795100
Housing index4582100
Transportation index9794100
Utilities index7988100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Vivian, LA is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Vivian, LA enjoy a cost of living index of 78. This index is 14% lower than the Louisiana average, and 22% 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 Vivian, 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 Vivian is 14% lower than the Louisiana average.
  • The cost of living in Vivian is 22% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Vivian is 55% 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$27,260$2,272$636$818
Renters$14,420$1,202$336$433
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Vivian, LA as well as the overall cost of living. As a general rule of thumb, the debt-to-income ratio (DTI) for homeowners or renters should be not more than 28 percent of gross income to be spent on housing related costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses, including debts. The median income for Vivian, LA homeowners, is $27,260. This would allow for a maximum of $636 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $14,420 which would result in a maximum of $336 to be spent on rental costs.

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 Vivian, 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

ItemVivianNational 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%

Groceries

ItemVivianNational 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

ItemVivianNational 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%

Housing

ItemVivianNational avg.Difference
Home Price $68,900.00$175,700.0060.8%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $965.82$1,081.0310.7%
Apartment Rent $526.00$920.0042.8%

Transportation

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

Utilities

ItemVivianNational 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.
Rodessa, LA27280-20%
Ida, LA20481-19%
Oil City, LA73576-24%
Mooringsport, LA82178-22%
Hosston, LA29880-20%
Vivian, LA3,68278-22%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Hanover, IN3,68286-14%
Hainesville, IL3,6821077%
Bawcomville, LA3,68281-19%
Lloyd Harbor, NY3,684256156%
Castle Point, MO3,68088-12%
Vivian, LA3,68278-22%
Source: The Vivian, LA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.