These Are The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In Louisiana For 2018


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 for 2018:

  1. Central (Homes For Sale)
  2. Alexandria (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Natchitoches (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Pineville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Leesville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Marksville (Homes For Sale)
  7. Oakdale (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Covington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Mandeville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Slidell (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So hopefully Ville Platte (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 the best places to live in Louisiana or the cheapest.

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How We Determined The Most Expensive 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 most 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.

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. Central

Central, Louisiana

Population: 27,035
Services: 105
Groceries: 106
Health Care: 109
Housing: 91
Transportation: 120
Utilities: 112
More on Central: Homes For Sale | Data
Central is the thirteenth-largest city in the U.S. state of Louisiana. It is the second largest city in East Baton Rouge Parish. Central became the state’s newest city in April 2005. It is part of the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population of Central was 26,864 as of the 2010 census.

2. Alexandria

Alexandria, Louisiana

Population: 47,941
Services: 112
Groceries: 100
Health Care: 108
Housing: 75
Transportation: 101
Utilities: 84
More on Alexandria: Homes For Sale | Data
Alexandria is the ninth-largest city in the state of Louisiana and is the parish seat of Rapides Parish, Louisiana, United States. It lies on the south bank of the Red River in almost the exact geographic center of the state. It is the principal city of the Alexandria metropolitan area (population 153,922) which encompasses all of Rapides and Grant parishes. Its neighboring city is Pineville. In 2010, the population was 47,723, an increase of 3 percent from the 2000 census.

3. Natchitoches

Natchitoches, Louisiana

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Population: 18,264
Services: 112
Groceries: 100
Health Care: 108
Housing: 69
Transportation: 101
Utilities: 84
More on Natchitoches: Homes For Sale | Data
Natchitoches (/nækt/ NAK–tsh; French: Les 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.

4. Pineville

Pineville, Louisiana

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Population: 14,535
Services: 112
Groceries: 100
Health Care: 108
Housing: 68
Transportation: 101
Utilities: 84
More on Pineville: Homes For Sale | Data

5. Leesville

Leesville, Louisiana

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Population: 6,540
Services: 112
Groceries: 100
Health Care: 108
Housing: 54
Transportation: 101
Utilities: 84
More on Leesville: Homes For Sale | Data

6. Marksville


Population: 5,679
Services: 112
Groceries: 100
Health Care: 108
Housing: 53
Transportation: 101
Utilities: 84
More on Marksville: Homes For Sale | Data
Marksville is a small city in and the parish seat of Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 5,702 at the 2010 census, an increase of 165 over the 2000 tabulation of 5,537.

7. Oakdale

Oakdale, Louisiana

Population: 7,785
Services: 112
Groceries: 100
Health Care: 108
Housing: 43
Transportation: 101
Utilities: 84
More on Oakdale: Homes For Sale | Data

8. Covington

Covington, Louisiana

Population: 8,896
Services: 97
Groceries: 96
Health Care: 99
Housing: 110
Transportation: 92
Utilities: 98
More on Covington: Homes For Sale | Data
Covington is a city in, and the parish seat of, St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 8,765 at the 2010 census. It is located at a fork of the Bogue Falaya and the Tchefuncte River.

9. Mandeville

Mandeville, Louisiana

Population: 11,827
Services: 98
Groceries: 94
Health Care: 94
Housing: 135
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 97
More on Mandeville: Homes For Sale | Data
Mandeville is a small city in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 11,560 at the 2010 census. Mandeville is located on the North Shore of Lake Pontchartrain, south of Interstate 12. It is across the lake from the city of New Orleans and its southshore suburbs. It is part of the New Orleans?Metairie?Kenner metropolitan area.

10. Slidell

Slidell, Louisiana

Population: 27,202
Services: 98
Groceries: 94
Health Care: 94
Housing: 96
Transportation: 97
Utilities: 97
More on Slidell: Homes For Sale | Data
Slidell /sladl/ is the largest city situated on the northeast shore of Lake Pontchartrain and St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 27,068 at the 2010 census. Greater Slidell has a population of about 90,000. It is part of the New OrleansMetairieKenner Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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 expensive city in the Pelican State.

If you’re curious, here are the 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

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

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