Cost of living in Baton Rouge rising, behind only NOLA in state

The cost of living has fallen in recent years for most of Louisiana’s cities and towns, but the cost in Baton Rouge is the second-highest in the state, behind only New Orleans, according to data from McNeese State University and location comparison website BestPlaces. 

Louisiana’s overall cost of living index score has fallen more than 1% from 87.9 in 2019 to 86.9 in 2021, The Daily Advertiser reports. The cost of living index score shows how costs of certain products and services compare to the U.S. average, which is always 100. For the most part, Louisiana’s metropolitan areas are below the national average. 

Baton Rouge had an overall score of 91.7, a 1.3% increase from 2019. The cost of living fell every year for Baton Rouge from 2014 to 2019, according to the data from McNeese.  

However, most of Baton Rouge’s category scores are close to the national average. The food score is 95.3, and the housing score is 71. The utilities score is 88.8, and the miscellaneous score is 94.2.  Baton Rouge greatly exceeds the national average in transportation and health care costs, however, with scores of 111.4 and 116.2, respectively. Read the full story