These Are The 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Louisiana For 2018


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 59 largest places in Louisiana, we were left with this set of the best value for your money.

Here are the 10 cheapest places to live in Louisiana for 2018:

  1. Ville Platte (Homes For Sale)
  2. Springhill (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Jeanerette (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Mansfield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Opelousas (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Abbeville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Rayne (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Eunice (Homes For Sale)
  9. Minden (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Crowley (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So listen up Central (the most expensive place in Louisiana) as we explain how we created this ranking. You could learn some things from the rest of the state.

And if you already knew these places were cheap, check out the best places to live in Louisiana or the most expensive.

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How We Determined The Cheapest Places To Live In The Pelican State For 2018

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 59 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

Population: 7,464
Services: 93
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 85
Housing: 40
Transportation: 94
Utilities: 95
More on Ville Platte: Homes For Sale | Data
Ville Platte is a city in, and the parish seat of, Evangeline Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 7,430 at the 2010 census, down from 8,145 in 2000. The city’s name is of French origin, roughly translating to ‘flat city’, in reference to its relatively flat topography in contrast to the more hilly terrain north of the area.

2. Springhill

Springhill, Louisiana

Population: 5,273
Services: 93
Groceries: 96
Health Care: 87
Housing: 46
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 79
More on Springhill: Homes For Sale | Data
Springhill is a city in northernmost Webster Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 5,279 at the 2010 census, a decrease of 160 since 2000. Springhill is part of the Minden Micropolitan Statistical Area though it is thirty miles north of Minden, the seat of government of Webster Parish. The Springhill population is 34 percent African American, compared to 25 percent minority in 2000.

3. Jeanerette

Jeanerette, Louisiana

Population: 5,573
Services: 93
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 85
Housing: 46
Transportation: 94
Utilities: 95
More on Jeanerette: Homes For Sale | Data
Jeanerette is a small city in Iberia Parish, Louisiana, United States. Known as ‘Sugar City’, it had a population of 5,530 at the 2010 census, a decrease of 467 from the 2000 tabulation of 5,997. It is two thirds African American, many of them Creoles of color.

4. Mansfield

Mansfield, Louisiana

Population: 5,061
Services: 93
Groceries: 96
Health Care: 87
Housing: 50
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 79
More on Mansfield: Homes For Sale | Data

5. Opelousas

Opelousas, Louisiana

Population: 16,941
Services: 93
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 85
Housing: 48
Transportation: 94
Utilities: 95
More on Opelousas: Homes For Sale | Data
Opelousas (French: les Opelousas) is a small city in and the parish seat of St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, United States. It lies at the junction of Interstate 49 and U.S. Route 190. The population was 22,860 at the 2000 census. Although the 2006 population estimate was 23,222, a 2004 annexation should have put the city’s population above 25,000.[citation needed] In the 2010 census, however, the population shrank to 16,634. Opelousas is the principal city for the Opelousas-Eunice Micropolitan Statistical Area, which had an estimated population of 92,178 in 2008. Opelousas is also the third largest city in the Lafayette-Acadiana Combined Statistical Area, which has a population of 537,947.

6. Abbeville

Abbeville, Louisiana

Population: 12,267
Services: 93
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 85
Housing: 49
Transportation: 94
Utilities: 95
More on Abbeville: Homes For Sale | Data
Abbeville is a city in and the parish seat of Vermilion Parish, Louisiana, United States, 150 miles (240 km) west of New Orleans and 60 miles (97 km) southwest of Baton Rouge. The population was 12,257 at the 2010 census.

7. Rayne

Rayne, Louisiana

Population: 7,972
Services: 93
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 85
Housing: 52
Transportation: 94
Utilities: 95
More on Rayne: Homes For Sale | Data

8. Eunice

Eunice, Louisiana

Population: 10,339
Services: 93
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 85
Housing: 52
Transportation: 94
Utilities: 95
More on Eunice: Homes For Sale | Data
Eunice is a city in Acadia and St. Landry parishes in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The 2010 census placed the population at 10,398, a decrease of 1,101, or 9.5 percent, from the 2000 tabulation of 11,499.

9. Minden

Minden, Louisiana

Population: 13,062
Services: 93
Groceries: 96
Health Care: 87
Housing: 54
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 79
More on Minden: Homes For Sale | Data
Minden is a small city in and the parish seat of Webster Parish in northwestern Louisiana, United States. It is located twenty-eight miles (45 km) east of Shreveport in Caddo Parish. The population has been relatively stable since 1960, when it was 12,786. Minden is 51.7 percent African American.

10. Crowley

Crowley, Louisiana

Population: 13,280
Services: 93
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 85
Housing: 54
Transportation: 94
Utilities: 95
More on Crowley: Homes For Sale | Data
Crowley (Local pronunciation: /kræli/) is a city in and the parish seat of Acadia Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 13,265 at the 2010 census but 14,225 in 2000, a loss of nearly a thousand persons. It is 63.8 percent Non-Hispanic White.

There You Have It Mr. Or Mrs. Cheapskate

If you’re looking at the cost of living numbers in Louisiana, this is an accurate list of the cheapest places to call home.

Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In Louisiana

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

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