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 (Photos | 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 (Photos | 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 some more reading about Louisiana and the cheapest places in the country:

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

Map Of The Cheapest Places To Live In Louisiana
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.

Ville Platte, LA

Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 7,464
Services: 93
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 85
Housing: 40
Transportation: 94
Utilities: 95
More on Ville Platte: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Springhill, LA

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 5,273
Services: 93
Groceries: 96
Health Care: 87
Housing: 46
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 79
More on Springhill: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Jeanerette, LA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,573
Services: 93
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 85
Housing: 46
Transportation: 94
Utilities: 95
More on Jeanerette: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Mansfield, LA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,061
Services: 93
Groceries: 96
Health Care: 87
Housing: 50
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 79
More on Mansfield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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Opelousas, LA

Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 16,941
Services: 93
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 85
Housing: 48
Transportation: 94
Utilities: 95
More on Opelousas: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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. 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.

Abbeville, LA

Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 12,267
Services: 93
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 85
Housing: 49
Transportation: 94
Utilities: 95
More on Abbeville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Abbeville is a city in and the parish seat of Vermilion Parish, Louisiana, United States, 150 miles west of New Orleans and 60 miles southwest of Baton Rouge. The population was 12,257 at the 2010 census.

Rayne, LA

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 7,972
Services: 93
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 85
Housing: 52
Transportation: 94
Utilities: 95
More on Rayne: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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Eunice, LA

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 10,339
Services: 93
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 85
Housing: 52
Transportation: 94
Utilities: 95
More on Eunice: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Minden, LA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 13,062
Services: 93
Groceries: 96
Health Care: 87
Housing: 54
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 79
More on Minden: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Minden is a small city in and the parish seat of Webster Parish in northwestern Louisiana, United States. It is located twenty-eight miles 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.

Crowley, LA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 13,280
Services: 93
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 85
Housing: 54
Transportation: 94
Utilities: 95
More on Crowley: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Crowley 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. Louisiana 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.

Here’s a look at the most expensive cities in Louisiana according to the data:

  1. Central
  2. Alexandria
  3. Natchitoches

For more Louisiana reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In Louisiana

Rank City CheapScore Population Services Groceries Health Care
1 Ville Platte 18.58 7,464 93 95 85
2 Springhill 18.83 5,273 93 96 87
3 Jeanerette 19.33 5,573 93 95 85
4 Mansfield 19.58 5,061 93 96 87
5 Opelousas 19.75 16,941 93 95 85
6 Abbeville 19.92 12,267 93 95 85
7 Rayne 20.33 7,972 93 95 85
8 Eunice 20.33 10,339 93 95 85
9 Minden 20.75 13,062 93 96 87
10 Crowley 21.25 13,280 93 95 85
11 Breaux Bridge 21.83 8,161 93 95 85
12 New Iberia 22.25 30,808 93 95 85
13 Scott 23.08 8,607 93 95 85
14 Shreveport 23.58 200,099 93 96 87
15 Bastrop 23.83 11,348 99 98 91
16 Carencro 23.83 7,704 93 95 85
17 Tallulah 24.0 7,378 99 98 91
18 Bossier City 24.42 62,208 93 96 87
19 Houma 24.92 33,719 96 94 83
20 Broussard 26.08 8,138 93 95 85
21 Lafayette 26.75 120,757 93 95 85
22 West Monroe 27.33 13,085 99 98 91
23 Westwego 27.33 8,615 93 98 99
24 Monroe 27.5 49,027 99 98 91
25 Franklin 27.67 7,638 95 95 105
26 Jennings 27.67 10,365 90 98 95
27 Youngsville 27.92 8,172 93 95 85
28 Donaldsonville 28.75 7,483 95 95 105
29 Morgan City 29.0 12,326 95 95 105
30 Plaquemine 29.0 7,098 97 99 101
31 Gretna 29.42 17,720 93 98 99
32 Ruston 29.67 21,805 99 98 91
33 Bogalusa 30.0 12,254 98 94 94
34 Patterson 30.0 6,063 95 95 105
35 Port Allen 30.17 5,154 97 99 101
36 New Orleans 30.33 341,407 93 98 99
37 Sulphur 30.42 20,268 90 98 95
38 Kenner 30.58 66,748 93 98 99
39 Lake Charles 30.75 72,204 90 98 95
40 Harahan 31.17 9,279 93 98 99
41 Baker 31.92 13,868 97 99 101
42 Thibodaux 32.0 14,582 95 95 105
43 Denham Springs 33.25 10,212 97 99 101
44 Walker 33.25 6,126 97 99 101
45 Baton Rouge 33.75 229,174 97 99 101
46 Gonzales 34.0 9,837 97 99 101
47 Zachary 34.92 14,954 97 99 101
48 Hammond 36.83 19,986 97 96 99
49 Ponchatoula 36.83 6,577 97 96 99
50 Slidell 37.5 27,202 98 94 94
51 Mandeville 38.67 11,827 98 94 94
52 Covington 39.17 8,896 97 96 99
53 Oakdale 42.33 7,785 112 100 108
54 Marksville 44.33 5,679 112 100 108
55 Leesville 44.83 6,540 112 100 108
56 Pineville 46.67 14,535 112 100 108
57 Natchitoches 47.08 18,264 112 100 108
58 Alexandria 48.08 47,941 112 100 108
59 Central 56.67 27,035 105 106 109

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