West Monroe 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.
IndexWest MonroeLouisianaNational
Cost of living index8591100
IndexWest MonroeLouisianaNational
Goods & Services index9997100
Groceries index9897100
Health care index9195100
Housing index6482100
Transportation index8994100
Utilities index8288100
A general overview of the cost of living index for West Monroe, LA is displayed above. In West Monroe, LA, the overall cost of living index is 85, which is 6% lower than the Louisiana average and 15% 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 West Monroe, LA, the city's goods and services are 2% higher than the Louisiana average and 2% lower than the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in West Monroe is 6% lower than the Louisiana average.
  • The cost of living in West Monroe is 15% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in West Monroe is 36% 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

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If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in West Monroe, 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 West Monroe, LA, the median monthly income is $49,569 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,157 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $21,347, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $498 on monthly rental expenses.

Louisiana Sales Tax

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Louisiana Income Tax

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When you are determining the total cost of living in West Monroe, LA you will want to make sure you consider both the Louisiana sales tax and the Louisiana income tax rates. Sales tax come in the form of taxes levied on both services and goods that are sold. The sales tax rates are different state to state and range from zero sales tax to higher than 7%. The sales tax in Louisiana is 4%, with the highest surtax being 11%. Tax that is on income by the government is income tax. Different states have different income tax rates and these rates can be higher or lower dependent on the corresponding tax bracket. The state income tax rates are different state to state and range from no income tax to more than 9% income tax. The income tax rates in Louisiana have a range from 2% to 6%.

Goods & Services

ItemWest MonroeNational avg.Difference
Haircut $14.33$14.591.8%
Beauty Salon $27.50$34.6820.7%
Toothpaste $2.52$2.471.9%
Shampoo $0.97$1.025.1%
Movie $7.25$9.8726.5%
Bowling $4.59$4.394.5%


ItemWest MonroeNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.77$4.4815.8%
Fried Chicken $1.22$1.4616.7%
Milk $2.88$2.3622.2%
Potatoes $3.82$3.0624.8%
Pizza $8.99$9.242.7%
Beer $7.74$8.6310.3%

Health Care

ItemWest MonroeNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $81.25$99.7818.6%
Doctor $83.67$105.0320.3%
Dentist $84.33$88.704.9%
Ibuprofen $9.47$9.410.6%
Lipitor $294.69$298.501.3%


ItemWest MonroeNational avg.Difference
Home Price $102,500.00$175,700.0041.7%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,067.80$1,081.031.2%
Apartment Rent $722.00$920.0021.5%


ItemWest MonroeNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.98$2.095.1%
Tire Balancing $33.50$45.2926.0%


ItemWest MonroeNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$131.56$170.8023.0%
Phone $25.01$28.2611.5%
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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Bawcomville, LA3,68281-19%
Calhoun, LA72982-18%
Sterlington, LA1,82184-16%
West Monroe, LA13,07385-15%

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Source: The West Monroe, LA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.