Cost of living in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district $12
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) $7
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast $3.69
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk $1.05
12 eggs, large $2.90
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes $3.24
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese $5.22
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples $3.23
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes $1.60
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket $2.60
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality $16
2 liters of Coca-Cola $1.65
Bread for 2 people for 1 day $1.82
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area $1,403
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area $999
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat $149
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area $1,120
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area $804
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio $105
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) $53
40” flat screen TV $428
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) $125
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) $9
Hourly rate for cleaning help $14
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) $43
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) $30
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) $79
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes $90
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new $22,022
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas $0.54
Monthly ticket public transport $55
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) $15
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) $5.72
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) $33
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) $107
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) $5.73
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) $3.18
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) $4.05
4 rolls of toilet paper $3.46
Tube of toothpaste $2.04
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city $21
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub $45
2 tickets to the movies $21
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) $88
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert $84
1 cocktail drink in downtown club $9
Cappuccino in expat area of the city $5.11
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) $6
iPod nano 16GB $172
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) $1.00
1 month of gym membership in business district $56
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes $5.32
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 349 prices entered by 22 different people.
Latest price update: June 23, 2017.

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