Inglewood Harvest Barn Farmer's Market in Alexandria
Alexandria, LA VS Cities Around the Nation

Total Cost of Living

Relative to the average of all other metropolitan/non-metropolitan areas that comprise the cost of living index (average equals 100)

Cost of Living in Central Louisiana

Comfort and affordable living in Central Louisiana.

The cost of living in Central Louisiana has a composite score of 95.1 as calculated by the Council for Community and Economic Research, making the region a place where every dollar goes further than other areas across the U.S.

The region's many neighborhoods and housing styles vary from area to area, but generally carry a much lower cost when compared to other regions in the South. Many who move to Central Louisiana are pleasantly surprised to learn about the state's homestead exemption, which means property owners do not pay taxes on the first $75,000 of their primary residence.

Homeowner-friendly tax policies and a stable housing market work together to make owning a home in Central Louisiana an easy and affordable process — Alexandria's housing costs are lower than nearby cities such as Beaumont, Little Rock and Houston.

In addition, the region's presence in a state with a strong, energy-producing focus provides residents with access to cheaper fuel and utilities. Transportation costs that include everyday expenses such as gasoline and auto repairs are far less in Alexandria than in cities like Jackson, Atlanta, Dallas and Fort Worth. Similar to fuel- and travel-related expenses, utility costs ranging from home energy to basic telephone bills are also much lower in Alexandria. Utilities in cities like Corpus Christi and Mobile cost, on average, 24 percent more than they do in Alexandria.

Central Louisiana's competitive location offers companies a number of logistical and distribution advantages, which in turn help drive down the costs of goods and services. From higher grocery costs in Birmingham to more expensive basic household essentials in Dallas, Alexandria has competitors beat when it comes to daily living expenses — making Central Louisiana both an enjoyable, and affordable, place to live.

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Houston, TX
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Mobile, AL
Gas & Auto
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Denver, CO
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Corpus Christi, TX
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Sarasota, FL
Misc. Goods & Services
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Dallas, TX


Source – Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) Cost of Living Index, 2017 Annual Report