These Are The 10 Most Affordable Places In Louisiana


We used data and science to determine which places in Louisiana go easy on your wallet.

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A wise sage once said “she works hard for the money” and these places in Louisiana definitely treat her right.

You see, these are the places in Louisiana where the cost of living is the lowest; where your salary goes the furthest. And when if you have the luxury of choosing where to live in the Pelican State, then the cost of living should play a role in the decision.

So we did the hard for you and crunched the numbers to find the cities that have lower food, energy, and housing costs. After the dust settled on our analysis of the 60 largest places in Louisiana, we were left with this set of the best value for your money:

  1. Ville Platte
  2. Springhill
  3. Jeanerette
  4. Bastrop
  5. Tallulah
  6. Opelousas
  7. Mansfield
  8. Abbeville
  9. Eunice
  10. Rayne

So listen up Central as we explain how we created this ranking, you could learn some things from the rest of the state.

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How We Determined The Most Affordable Places To Live In The Pelican State

There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Gas
  • Health Insurance
  • Utilities
  • Transportation

You can then compare the cost of these things in each of the places in Louisiana to figure out which is the least expensive.

What you are left with is a “Cost of Living Index” that normalizes to 100 for an average place in the United States.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 60 places in Louisiana that have more than 5,000 people.

And just so you can better understand how the cost of living index works, 100 is the average cost of a place in the United States. A score of 90 means that the place cost 10% less than average. A score of 90 means it’s 10% less expensive.

San Francisco has a score of 243 meaning it’s almost 2.5 times as expensive as the average place in the country.

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1. Ville Platte

Ville Platte, Louisiana

Source: Flickr

Population: 7,464
Services: 93
Groceries: 95
Healthcare: 85
Housing: 40
Transportation: 94
Utiltiies: 95

2. Springhill

Springhill, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,273
Services: 93
Groceries: 96
Healthcare: 87
Housing: 46
Transportation: 97
Utiltiies: 79

3. Jeanerette

Jeanerette, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,573
Services: 93
Groceries: 95
Healthcare: 85
Housing: 46
Transportation: 94
Utiltiies: 95

4. Bastrop

Bastrop, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,348
Services: 99
Groceries: 98
Healthcare: 91
Housing: 44
Transportation: 89
Utiltiies: 82

5. Tallulah

Tallulah, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,378
Services: 99
Groceries: 98
Healthcare: 91
Housing: 45
Transportation: 89
Utiltiies: 82

6. Opelousas

Opelousas, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,941
Services: 93
Groceries: 95
Healthcare: 85
Housing: 48
Transportation: 94
Utiltiies: 95

7. Mansfield

Mansfield, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,061
Services: 93
Groceries: 96
Healthcare: 87
Housing: 50
Transportation: 97
Utiltiies: 79

8. Abbeville

Abbeville, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,267
Services: 93
Groceries: 95
Healthcare: 85
Housing: 49
Transportation: 94
Utiltiies: 95

9. Eunice


Population: 10,339
Services: 93
Groceries: 95
Healthcare: 85
Housing: 52
Transportation: 94
Utiltiies: 95

10. Rayne

Rayne, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,972
Services: 93
Groceries: 95
Healthcare: 85
Housing: 52
Transportation: 94
Utiltiies: 95

Detailed List Of Affordable Places In Louisiana

City Rank Population Services Grociers Healthcare
Ville Platte 1 7,464 93 95 85
Springhill 2 5,273 93 96 87
Jeanerette 3 5,573 93 95 85
Bastrop 4 11,348 99 98 91
Tallulah 5 7,378 99 98 91
Opelousas 6 16,941 93 95 85
Mansfield 7 5,061 93 96 87
Abbeville 8 12,267 93 95 85
Eunice 9 10,339 93 95 85
Rayne 10 7,972 93 95 85
Minden 11 13,062 93 96 87
Crowley 12 13,280 93 95 85
Breaux Bridge 13 8,161 93 95 85
Bogalusa 14 12,254 98 94 94
New Iberia 15 30,808 93 95 85
Plaquemine 16 7,098 97 99 101
Franklin 17 7,638 95 95 105
Jennings 18 10,365 90 98 95
West Monroe 19 13,085 99 98 91
Donaldsonville 20 7,483 95 95 105
Monroe 21 49,027 99 98 91
Morgan City 22 12,326 95 95 105
Scott 23 8,607 93 95 85
Oakdale 24 7,785 112 100 108
Port Allen 25 5,154 97 99 101
Shreveport 26 200,099 93 96 87
Carencro 27 7,704 93 95 85
Deridder 28 10,586 90 98 95
Bossier City 29 62,208 93 96 87
Westwego 30 8,615 93 98 99
Patterson 31 6,063 95 95 105
Sulphur 32 20,268 90 98 95
Ruston 33 21,805 99 98 91
Lake Charles 34 72,204 90 98 95
Marksville 35 5,679 112 100 108
Houma 36 33,719 96 94 83
Baker 37 13,868 97 99 101
Leesville 38 6,540 112 100 108
Broussard 39 8,138 93 95 85
Gretna 40 17,720 93 98 99
Lafayette 41 120,757 93 95 85
Thibodaux 42 14,582 95 95 105
Denham Springs 43 10,212 97 99 101
Walker 44 6,126 97 99 101
Baton Rouge 45 229,174 97 99 101
Hammond 46 19,986 97 96 99
Gonzales 47 9,837 97 99 101
Ponchatoula 48 6,577 97 96 99
Pineville 49 14,535 112 100 108
Natchitoches 50 18,264 112 100 108
New Orleans 51 341,407 93 98 99
Kenner 52 66,748 93 98 99
Alexandria 53 47,941 112 100 108
Youngsville 54 8,172 93 95 85
Zachary 55 14,954 97 99 101
Slidell 56 27,202 98 94 94
Harahan 57 9,279 93 98 99
Covington 58 8,896 97 96 99
Mandeville 59 11,827 98 94 94
Central 60 27,035 105 106 109

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