Cost of Living
The American dream is still alive in North Louisiana, where the low cost of living allows a higher standard of living. Many who move here can afford to purchase their first home or buy a larger home for the money. Once you experience North Louisiana, you'll never live elsewhere.

North Louisiana’s Cost of Living

North Louisiana residents enjoy a low cost of living, low housing costs and low unemployment rates which allow for a high standard of living.  Both the Monroe-West Monroe Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) and the Shreveport-Bossier MSA deliver a cost of living below the national average.
Shreveport-Bossier City residents enjoy a cost of living that's only 89.5 percent of the national average, according to the 2016 Annual Average Cost of Living Index. The cost of living in the Monroe MSA is just 96.4 percent of the national average. The Cost of Living Index compiled by the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) is based on more than 90,000 prices collected during the same period of time by chambers of commerce, economic development organizations, and universities in 265 participating urban areas. NLEP gathers the pricing information for the Shreveport-Bossier MSA, and the ULM Center for Business and Economic Research gathers the data for the Monroe MSA
Use the following calculator to compare the cost of living in North Louisiana to other communities in the United States.

North Louisiana's Cost of Living Components (Q3 2016)

MSA Composite (100%) Grocery (13.24%) Housing (28.04%) Utilities (10.31%) Transp. (11.16%) Health Care (4.36%) Misc. Gd & Svc (32.89%)
U.S. 100 100 100 100 100 100 100
Monroe 96.4 93.1 89.7 89.3 88.0 91.6 107.9
 Shreveport Bossier 89.5 95.7 84.3 79.0 88.1 92.1 94.2
Source:  C2ER Cost of Living Index 2016 Annual Average

North La. Housing Market

Property values in North Louisiana have remained stable or continued to grow.  The American dream of owning your home is still within reach in North Louisiana with median home list prices range from $120,000 to $141,000.  

MSA Median Listing Price Price per square foot Median Closing Cost
Shreveport Bossier $141,000 $78 $162,000
Monroe $120,000 $57 $152,000
Source:, Real Estate Market Trends (Q3 2016)

Houses Sold/Average Days on the Market (Sept. - Oct. 2015)

  Northeast LA Area Northwest LA Area Natchitoches Area
Total Number of Houses Sold 369 756 45
Average Days on the Market 127.5 69.5 132
Source: Louisiana Realtor, Real Estate Snapshot (October 2015)