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.
A general overview of the cost of living index for Baton Rouge, LA is displayed above. In Baton Rouge, LA, the overall cost of living index is 95, which is 3% higher than the Louisiana average and 5% 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 Baton Rouge, LA, the city's goods and services are 5% higher than the Louisiana average and 1% higher than the U.S. average.
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The cost of living in Baton Rouge is 3% higher than the Louisiana average.
The cost of living in Baton Rouge is 5% lower than the national average.
The cost of housing in Baton Rouge is 15% lower than the national average.
Louisiana general sales tax is 2% lower than the national average.
Louisiana state income tax is 10% lower than the national average.
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Using the salary calculator lets you compare the salary you earn in Baton Rouge, LA to what it is in other cities. It will let you know what your earnings would have to be in another city to have the same standard of living, as determined by the cost of living in each city. For example, if the cost of living in the area you want to move to is higher than the cost of living in Baton Rouge, LA, you have to earn a higher income in order to still have the same standard of living. To operate the Baton Rouge, LA salary calculator, put in the name of the other city, then move the slider to the point that represents the current income. The salary calculator will take care of the rest and tell you how much more or less you must earn in the new city. A Total breakdown of the cost of living is also provided.
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One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Baton Rouge, LA by the percentage of a person’s income that he or she spends on the monthly housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). To stay on the safe side and keep one’s head above the water, a consumer should never spend more than 28 percent of his or her gross income on housing-related expenses and costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. Homeowners in Baton Rouge, LA have a median income of $60,503. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $1,412 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $25,904, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $604.
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When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Baton Rouge, 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 12%, and the sales tax in the state of Louisiana is 5%. 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%.
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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.