These Are The 10 Most Expensive Cities In Louisiana


We used science and data to determine which cities in Louisiana that will put a big dent in your wallet.

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Everyone wants a home that mixes affordability with comfort and Louisiana does this very well. Families love the Pelican State’s beaches, midlands, and mountains as tourists before moving here and calling it home.

But before you decide to relocate, you have to do some research into the exact cost of living around the state — and that’s how we’re going to help you.

These are the places in Louisiana that cost a pretty penny — the most expensive cities in the state. After we saved up for months and could finally afford it, we landed on this list of the ten most expensive cities in Louisiana:

  1. Central (Photos)
  2. Mandeville (Photos)
  3. Covington (Photos)
  4. Harahan (Photos)
  5. Slidell (Photos)
  6. Youngsville (Photos)
  7. Zachary (Photos)
  8. Alexandria (Photos)
  9. Kenner (Photos)
  10. New Orleans (Photos)

If you’re wondering, Ville Platte is the most affordable city in Louisiana.

Read on to see why these places cost so much more than average. Or check out the most affordable places in Louisiana.

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How We Determined The Most Expensive Cities 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 most expensive.

For reference, the United State averages a cost of living 100. A score below 100 means that the city has a below average cost of living while a score over 100 has a high cost of living for that category.

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.

The city with the highest cost of living index, Central, rank as being the most expensive.

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1. Central

Central, Louisiana

Source: Flickr

Population: 27,505
Services Index: 105
Groceries Index: 106
Housing Index: 91
Healthcare Index: 109
Transportation Index: 120
Utilities Index: 112

2. Mandeville

Mandeville, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,102
Services Index: 98
Groceries Index: 94
Housing Index: 135
Healthcare Index: 94
Transportation Index: 97
Utilities Index: 97

3. Covington

Covington, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,151
Services Index: 97
Groceries Index: 96
Housing Index: 110
Healthcare Index: 99
Transportation Index: 92
Utilities Index: 98

4. Harahan

Harahan, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,324
Services Index: 93
Groceries Index: 98
Housing Index: 121
Healthcare Index: 99
Transportation Index: 86
Utilities Index: 84

5. Slidell

Slidell, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,372
Services Index: 98
Groceries Index: 94
Housing Index: 96
Healthcare Index: 94
Transportation Index: 97
Utilities Index: 97

6. Youngsville

Youngsville, Louisiana

Source: Flickr

Population: 9,358
Services Index: 93
Groceries Index: 95
Housing Index: 117
Healthcare Index: 85
Transportation Index: 94
Utilities Index: 95

7. Zachary

Zachary, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,579
Services Index: 97
Groceries Index: 99
Housing Index: 103
Healthcare Index: 101
Transportation Index: 85
Utilities Index: 83

8. Alexandria

Alexandria, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 47,983
Services Index: 112
Groceries Index: 100
Housing Index: 75
Healthcare Index: 108
Transportation Index: 101
Utilities Index: 84

9. Kenner

Kenner, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 66,926
Services Index: 93
Groceries Index: 98
Housing Index: 103
Healthcare Index: 99
Transportation Index: 86
Utilities Index: 84

10. New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 368,471
Services Index: 93
Groceries Index: 98
Housing Index: 102
Healthcare Index: 99
Transportation Index: 86
Utilities Index: 84

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck

Well there you have it, the places in Louisiana that have the highest cost of living, with Central ranking as the most exensive city in the Pelican State.

If you’re curious, here are the most least expensive cities in Louisiana:

  1. Ville Platte
  2. Springhill
  3. Jeanerette

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Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Louisiana

City Rank Population Services Groceries Healthcare Housing Transportation Utilities
Central 1 27,505 105 106 109 91 120 112
Mandeville 2 12,102 98 94 94 135 97 97
Covington 3 9,151 97 96 99 110 92 98
Harahan 4 9,324 93 98 99 121 86 84
Slidell 5 27,372 98 94 94 96 97 97
Youngsville 6 9,358 93 95 85 117 94 95
Zachary 7 15,579 97 99 101 103 85 83
Alexandria 8 47,983 112 100 108 75 101 84
Kenner 9 66,926 93 98 99 103 86 84
New Orleans 10 368,471 93 98 99 102 86 84
Natchitoches 11 18,460 112 100 108 69 101 84
Pineville 12 14,486 112 100 108 68 101 84
Ponchatoula 13 6,751 97 96 99 82 92 98
Gonzales 14 10,137 97 99 101 87 85 83
Hammond 15 20,207 97 96 99 82 92 98
Baton Rouge 16 229,353 97 99 101 85 85 83
Lafayette 17 123,528 93 95 85 90 94 95
Denham Springs 18 10,148 97 99 101 83 85 83
Walker 19 6,176 97 99 101 83 85 83
Thibodaux 20 14,570 95 95 105 81 100 80
Gretna 21 17,801 93 98 99 85 86 84
Broussard 22 9,041 93 95 85 84 94 95
Leesville 23 6,656 112 100 108 54 101 84
Marksville 24 5,635 112 100 108 53 101 84
Baker 25 13,838 97 99 101 75 85 83
Houma 26 33,807 96 94 83 82 95 86
Lake Charles 27 73,503 90 98 95 71 96 95
Ruston 28 22,149 99 98 91 76 89 82
Sulphur 29 20,275 90 98 95 69 96 95
Westwego 30 8,531 93 98 99 74 86 84
Patterson 31 6,100 95 95 105 68 100 80
Bossier City 32 64,895 93 96 87 78 97 79
Deridder 33 10,846 90 98 95 67 96 95
Port Allen 34 5,150 97 99 101 66 85 83
Carencro 35 8,084 93 95 85 71 94 95
Shreveport 36 200,692 93 96 87 72 97 79
Oakdale 37 7,741 112 100 108 43 101 84
Monroe 38 49,455 99 98 91 65 89 82
Morgan City 39 12,153 95 95 105 60 100 80
Scott 40 8,775 93 95 85 68 94 95
Donaldsonville 41 7,507 95 95 105 57 100 80
West Monroe 42 13,073 99 98 91 64 89 82
Plaquemine 43 7,055 97 99 101 56 85 83
Franklin 44 7,483 95 95 105 53 100 80
Jennings 45 10,265 90 98 95 53 96 95
New Iberia 46 30,750 93 95 85 62 94 95
Bogalusa 47 12,071 98 94 94 47 97 97
Breaux Bridge 48 8,232 93 95 85 57 94 95
Crowley 49 13,219 93 95 85 54 94 95
Minden 50 12,988 93 96 87 54 97 79
Eunice 51 10,325 93 95 85 52 94 95
Rayne 52 7,984 93 95 85 52 94 95
Mansfield 53 5,012 93 96 87 50 97 79
Abbeville 54 12,341 93 95 85 49 94 95
Opelousas 55 16,668 93 95 85 48 94 95
Tallulah 56 7,267 99 98 91 45 89 82
Bastrop 57 11,075 99 98 91 44 89 82
Jeanerette 58 5,547 93 95 85 46 94 95
Springhill 59 5,239 93 96 87 46 97 79
Ville Platte 60 7,336 93 95 85 40 94 95

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