New Orleans, LA Cost Of Living

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Updated: 2020-03-08
New Orleans's Overall Cost Of Living
Lower Than The National Average
The cost of living index is set to 100 for the average place in America. An index above 100 means New Orleans is expensive, while a number below 100 means it's a relatively cheap place to live.

What is the cost of living in New Orleans, LA?

According to the most recent data on the cost of living, New Orleans has an overall cost of living index of 100 which is 1.0x lower than the national index of 100.

Compared to only Louisiana, New Orleans has a cost of living index that's 1.1x higher than Louisiana's index of 92.

The standard of living in New Orleans ranks as #3201 most affordable out of the 6522 places we measured in Louisiana. By definition, that implies New Orleans ranks as the #3205 most expensive place in the Pelican State.

New Orleans Cost Of Living Vs. Louisiana

Living Expense New Orleans Louisiana National Average
Overall 100 92 100
Services 98 96 100
Groceries 103 98 100
Health 117 98 100
Housing 104 81 100
Transportation 104 99 100
Utilities 80 88 100
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New Orleans, LA Housing Cost Breakdown

Housing swings affordability the most between places in Louisiana, so we broke down the statistics around housing costs into more detail. It's also important to consider median household incomes to make apples-to-apples comparisons across locations.

Home and income come data comes from the most recent US Census ACS 2014-2018.

Median Home Value
Median Rent
Median Income
Statistic New Orleans Louisiana United States
Median Home Value $219,600 $157,800 $204,900
Median Rent $973 $850 $1,023
Median Income $39,576 $47,942 $60,293
Home Value To Income 5.5x 3.3x 3.4x
Rent To Monthly Income 0.3x 0.21x 0.2x

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Cost Of Living In Cities Around New Orleans

City Population Cost Of Living Vs. New Orleans
Metairie, LA 143,481 102 1.0x
Kenner, LA 66,910 97 1.0x
Marrero, LA 32,088 91 0.9x
Terrytown, LA 24,244 96 1.0x
Chalmette, LA 23,602 92 0.9x
Harvey, LA 20,712 93 0.9x
Gretna, LA 17,797 95 0.9x
Estelle, LA 17,099 95 0.9x
Timberlane, LA 10,192 97 1.0x
Westwego, LA 8,499 91 0.9x

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