Most Expensive Places To Live In Louisiana For 2020


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the most expensive places to live in Louisiana.

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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 for 2020.

So where is the most expensive place to live in Louisiana? That would be New Orleans.
the 2014-2018 American Community Survey for the 62 places in Louisiana with more than 5,000 people.

What's the most expensive place to live in Louisiana? Well, HomeSnacks crunched the numbers and discovered that New Orleans is the most expensive place to live in Louisiana.

So hopefully Abbeville (the cheapest place to live in Louisiana) can show these guys how to live on a budget in the coming years. Read on for how these places had costs rise faster than inflation.

And if you already knew these places were expensive, check out some more reading about Louisiana and the most expensive cities in the country:

The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In Louisiana For 2020

New Orleans, LA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 389,648
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 5.5x (3rd most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 40.7x (11th most expensive)
More on New Orleans: Real Estate | Data | Photos

New Orleans ) is a major United States port and the largest city and metropolitan area in the state of Louisiana.

The median income in New Orleans comes in at $39,576 and the median home value is $219,600 for 2020.

Natchitoches, LA

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Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 18,080
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 7.1x (1st most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 32.6x (1st most expensive)
More on Natchitoches: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Natchitoches is a small city and the parish seat of Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, United States. Established in 1714 by Louis Juchereau de St. Denis as part of French Louisiana, the community was named after the indigenous Natchitoches people.

The median income in Natchitoches comes in at $21,854 and the median home value is $156,000 for 2020.

Ruston, LA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 22,055
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 5.6x (2nd most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 42.8x (16th most expensive)
More on Ruston: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ruston is a small city and the parish seat of Lincoln Parish, Louisiana, United States. it is the largest city in the Eastern Ark-La-Tex region. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 21,859, reflecting an increase of 6.4 percent from the count of 20,546 counted in the 2000 Census. Ruston is near the eastern border of the Ark-La-Tex region and is the home of Louisiana Tech University. Its economy is therefore based on its college population. Ruston hosts the annual Peach Festival.

The median income in Ruston comes in at $30,119 and the median home value is $168,600 for 2020.

Baton Rouge, LA

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 225,362
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 3)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.1x (11th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 48.6x (27th most expensive)
More on Baton Rouge: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Baton Rouge ) is the capital of the U.S. state of Louisiana and its second-largest city. It forms the parish seat of East Baton Rouge Parish and is located on the eastern bank of the Mississippi River.

The median income in Baton Rouge comes in at $41,761 and the median home value is $169,200 for 2020.

Westwego, LA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 8,499
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 4)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.2x (10th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 33.0x (2nd most expensive)
More on Westwego: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Westwego is a city in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, United States, and a suburb of New Orleans. The population was 8,534 at the 2010 census. It lies along the west bank of the Mississippi River.

The median income in Westwego comes in at $29,854 and the median home value is $125,500 for 2020.

Thibodaux, LA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 14,515
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.4x (7th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 45.1x (20th most expensive)
More on Thibodaux: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Thibodaux is a city in and the parish seat of Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, United States, along the banks of Bayou Lafourche in the northwestern part of the parish. The population was 14,567 at the 2010 census. Thibodaux is a principal city of the Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The median income in Thibodaux comes in at $34,375 and the median home value is $152,500 for 2020.

Monroe, LA

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 48,663
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.8x (5th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 43.2x (17th most expensive)
More on Monroe: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Monroe is the eighth-largest city in the U.S. state of Louisiana. It is the parish seat of Ouachita Parish. In the official 2010 census, Monroe had a population of 48,815. The municipal population declined by 8.1 percent over the past decade; it was 53,107 in the 2000 census. After a recheck in 2012, the Census Bureau changed the 2010 population from 48,815 to 49,147. Mayor Jamie Mayo, however, maintains that the Monroe population is more than 50,000 and indicated that he will pursue a continued challenge to the count.

The median income in Monroe comes in at $30,009 and the median home value is $142,600 for 2020.

Donaldsonville, LA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 8,090
Rank Last Year: 55 (Up 48)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.9x (4th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 36.8x (7th most expensive)
More on Donaldsonville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Donaldsonville is a small city in and the parish seat of Ascension Parish in south Louisiana, United States, located along the River Road of the west bank of the Mississippi River. The population was 7,436 at the 2010 census, a decrease of more than 150 from the 7,605 tabulation in 2000. Donaldsonville is part of the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The median income in Donaldsonville comes in at $22,716 and the median home value is $110,800 for 2020.

Plaquemine, LA

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,726
Rank Last Year: 44 (Up 35)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.8x (14th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 47.4x (24th most expensive)
More on Plaquemine: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Plaquemine is a city in and the parish seat of Iberville Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 7,064 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The median income in Plaquemine comes in at $41,185 and the median home value is $156,300 for 2020.

Grambling, LA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,187
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.5x (6th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 38.7x (8th most expensive)
More on Grambling: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Grambling comes in at $24,505 and the median home value is $109,700 for 2020.

How We Determined The Most Expensive Places To Live In The Pelican State For 2020

Map Of The Cheapest Places To Live In Louisiana
The two most important things to think about when it comes to being able to afford if you can live comes down to:

  1. How much do money do I make?
  2. How much do I have spend to live there?

You need to understand your costs in the context of how much money you make.

For example, if the median household earns $100,000 and spends $40,000 on housing it's actually cheaper to live there than a place with a median income of $50,000 and housing costs of $21,000. You might spend more on housing, but you have more money overall to play with.

With that example in mind, we derived several statistics from the latest Census American Community Survey 2014-2018 around incomes and costs. They are:

  • Median Home Price / Median Income (lower is better)
  • Median Income / Median Rent (Higher is better)
  • Median Home Price

We added simply median home price because high home prices generally correlate with higher expenses for all costs related to homes (heating, electricity, etc).

You can then compare these metrics in each of the places in Louisiana to figure out which is the most expensive.

What you are left with is a "Cost of Living Index" by taking the average rank of each of these metrics for each city.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 62 places in Louisiana that have more than 5,000 people.

The place with the highest cost of living in Louisiana according to the data is New Orleans. You can download the data here.

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck In Louisiana For 2020

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

Here's a look at the most affordable cities in Louisiana according to the data:

  1. Abbeville
  2. Oakdale
  3. Patterson

For more Louisiana reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Louisiana

Rank City ExpensiveScore Population Home/Income Ratio Income/Rent Ratio
1 New Orleans 6.0 389,648 5.5x 40.7x
2 Natchitoches 7.33 18,080 7.1x 32.6x
3 Ruston 10.33 22,055 5.6x 42.8x
4 Baton Rouge 16.67 225,362 4.1x 48.6x
5 Westwego 17.0 8,499 4.2x 33.0x
6 Thibodaux 17.33 14,515 4.4x 45.1x
7 Monroe 17.67 48,663 4.8x 43.2x
8 Donaldsonville 17.67 8,090 4.9x 36.8x
9 Plaquemine 18.67 6,726 3.8x 47.4x
10 Grambling 19.0 5,187 4.5x 38.7x
11 Gretna 21.0 17,797 3.8x 51.9x
12 Opelousas 21.67 16,399 4.4x 36.6x
13 Carencro 22.0 8,775 4.2x 51.2x
14 Lafayette 23.0 126,515 3.8x 57.4x
15 Shreveport 23.33 193,785 3.8x 47.3x
16 Mandeville 23.33 12,252 3.9x 68.6x
17 West Monroe 24.0 12,756 3.8x 44.2x
18 Harahan 24.67 9,309 3.7x 61.1x
19 Hammond 25.0 20,444 3.8x 49.7x
20 Minden 26.0 12,442 3.6x 35.0x
21 Covington 26.0 10,133 3.8x 63.2x
22 Crowley 26.67 12,960 3.7x 39.9x
23 Bastrop 27.33 10,521 3.7x 35.8x
24 Breaux Bridge 28.0 8,299 3.6x 53.7x
25 Ville Platte 28.33 7,196 3.7x 35.6x
26 Lake Charles 29.33 76,267 3.6x 51.7x
27 Houma 29.67 33,520 3.6x 54.2x
28 Ponchatoula 30.0 7,131 3.5x 51.5x
29 Alexandria 30.0 47,539 3.5x 49.3x
30 Kenner 30.33 66,910 3.3x 56.0x
31 Marksville 31.67 5,476 3.4x 42.6x
32 Bossier City 31.67 67,935 3.2x 54.3x
33 Jennings 33.67 10,047 3.5x 47.9x
34 Slidell 34.33 27,769 2.9x 53.8x
35 Youngsville 34.67 12,753 2.6x 55.3x
36 Pineville 35.67 14,313 3.4x 62.6x
37 St. Martinville 35.67 6,014 3.3x 46.3x
38 Port Allen 36.0 5,051 2.9x 48.1x
39 Broussard 36.67 11,412 2.9x 74.8x
40 Jeanerette 36.67 5,410 2.9x 42.3x
41 Morgan City 37.0 11,452 3.3x 53.9x
42 St. Gabriel 37.33 7,200 3.0x 72.0x
43 Zachary 37.67 17,056 2.8x 74.6x
44 Eunice 37.67 10,407 3.3x 50.4x
45 Gonzales 37.67 10,677 2.8x 57.3x
46 Leesville 37.67 6,055 2.8x 41.7x
47 Bogalusa 38.33 11,793 2.9x 40.8x
48 Baker 39.67 13,557 2.7x 49.1x
49 Central 40.33 28,577 2.8x 84.0x
50 New Iberia 40.67 29,992 2.8x 50.2x
51 Deridder 40.67 11,050 3.1x 58.5x
52 Walker 42.67 6,250 2.8x 78.4x
53 Denham Springs 43.33 9,991 2.8x 63.0x
54 Richwood 44.67 5,013 2.1x 40.5x
55 Rayne 45.0 8,075 3.1x 62.4x
56 Scott 45.33 8,761 2.7x 60.0x
57 Tallulah 46.33 6,929 2.3x 43.5x
58 Franklin 46.67 7,097 2.2x 47.4x
59 Sulphur 48.67 20,241 2.6x 64.1x
60 Patterson 49.0 6,012 2.5x 58.3x
61 Oakdale 50.67 7,640 2.7x 52.4x
62 Abbeville 52.0 12,286 2.4x 54.9x

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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