Westwego 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.
IndexWestwegoLouisianaNational
Cost of living index9092100
IndexWestwegoLouisianaNational
Goods & Services index9799100
Groceries index9796100
Health care index8997100
Housing index7482100
Transportation index10695100
Utilities index8791100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Westwego, LA is displayed above. In Westwego, LA, the overall cost of living index is 90, which is 2% lower than the Louisiana average and 10% 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 Westwego, LA, the city's goods and services are 2% lower than the Louisiana average and 3% lower than the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Westwego is 2% lower than the Louisiana average.
  • The cost of living in Westwego is 10% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Westwego is 26% 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$46,442$3,870$1,084$1,393
Renters$26,789$2,232$625$804
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 Westwego, 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. Westwego, LA has a median income of about $46,442 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,084 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $26,789. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $625 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%
When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Westwego, 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

ItemWestwegoNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.88$15.562.0%
Beauty Salon $37.33$36.113.4%
Toothpaste $2.44$2.471.3%
Shampoo $0.98$0.961.6%
Movie $10.61$10.134.7%
Bowling $7.13$4.7450.6%

Groceries

ItemWestwegoNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.10$3.982.9%
Fried Chicken $1.02$1.4127.3%
Milk $2.42$2.0617.4%
Potatoes $3.00$2.980.5%
Pizza $8.33$9.4712.1%
Beer $8.34$8.795.1%

Health Care

ItemWestwegoNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $92.22$101.048.7%
Doctor $78.17$107.4427.2%
Dentist $75.56$90.4216.4%
Ibuprofen $10.68$9.2815.1%
Lipitor $454.14$426.506.5%

Housing

ItemWestwegoNational avg.Difference
Home Price $126,500.00$175,700.0028.0%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,086.36$1,133.234.1%
Apartment Rent $734.00$920.0020.2%

Transportation

ItemWestwegoNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.82$1.998.9%
Tire Balancing $64.02$45.7639.9%

Utilities

ItemWestwegoNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$130.31$163.8120.5%
Phone $28.00$28.391.4%
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.
Pleasure Bend, LA33282-18%
Bridge City, LA7,16388-12%
Barataria, LA90888-12%
New Sarpy, LA1,47289-11%
Avondale, LA5,26289-11%
Westwego, LA8,53190-10%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Riverdale, UT8,53293-7%
Fair Oaks, GA8,53388-12%
Marathon, FL8,52912121%
Chillicothe, MO8,52885-15%
Franklin, VA8,534100-0%
Westwego, LA8,53190-10%
Source: The Westwego, LA cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.