Lake Charles, LA Cost Of Living

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Updated: 2020-03-08
Lake Charles's Overall Cost Of Living
Lower Than The National Average
The cost of living index is set to 100 for the average place in America. An index above 100 means Lake Charles is expensive, while a number below 100 means it's a relatively cheap place to live.

What is the cost of living in Lake Charles, LA?

According to the most recent data on the cost of living, Lake Charles has an overall cost of living index of 87 which is 0.9x lower than the national index of 100.

Compared to only Louisiana, Lake Charles has a cost of living index that's 0.9x lower than Louisiana's index of 92.

The standard of living in Lake Charles ranks as #1128 most affordable out of the 6522 places we measured in Louisiana. By definition, that implies Lake Charles ranks as the #5279 most expensive place in the Pelican State.

Lake Charles Cost Of Living Vs. Louisiana

Living Expense Lake Charles Louisiana National Average
Overall 87 92 100
Services 95 96 100
Groceries 98 98 100
Health 91 98 100
Housing 75 81 100
Transportation 96 99 100
Utilities 77 88 100
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Lake Charles, LA Housing Cost Breakdown

Housing swings affordability the most between places in Louisiana, so we broke down the statistics around housing costs into more detail. It's also important to consider median household incomes to make apples-to-apples comparisons across locations.

Home and income come data comes from the most recent US Census ACS 2014-2018.

Median Home Value
Median Rent
Median Income
Statistic Lake Charles Louisiana United States
Median Home Value $149,700 $157,800 $204,900
Median Rent $803 $850 $1,023
Median Income $41,538 $47,942 $60,293
Home Value To Income 3.6x 3.3x 3.4x
Rent To Monthly Income 0.23x 0.21x 0.2x

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Cost Of Living In Cities Around Lake Charles

City Population Cost Of Living Vs. Lake Charles
Sulphur, LA 20,241 86 1.0x
Orange, TX 18,901 87 1.0x
Nederland, TX 17,371 92 1.1x
Groves, TX 15,760 88 1.0x
Port Neches, TX 12,853 93 1.1x
Moss Bluff, LA 12,034 92 1.1x
DeRidder, LA 11,050 86 1.0x
Vidor, TX 10,805 85 1.0x
Jennings, LA 10,047 81 0.9x
Prien, LA 7,976 94 1.1x

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