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:
- Central (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Alexandria (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Natchitoches (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Pineville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Leesville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Marksville (Homes For Sale)
- Oakdale (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Covington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Mandeville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- 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.
Population: 27,035 Services: 105
Health Care: 109
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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.
Population: 47,941 Services: 112
Health Care: 108
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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 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.
Population: 18,264 Services: 112
Health Care: 108
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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.
Population: 5,679 Services: 112
Health Care: 108
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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.
Population: 8,896 Services: 97
Health Care: 99
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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.
Population: 11,827 Services: 98
Health Care: 94
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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.
Population: 27,202 Services: 98
Health Care: 94
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Slidell 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.
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:
- Health Insurance
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.
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:
- Ville Platte
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