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Rankings: Shreveport-Bossier among most affordable cities

The Shreveport-Bossier City area once again ranks among the most affordable places to live in Louisiana, according to the cost-of-living index report published by the Council for Community and Economic Research. (Source: KSLA News 12) The Shreveport-Bossier City area once again ranks among the most affordable places to live in Louisiana, according to the cost-of-living index report published by the Council for Community and Economic Research. (Source: KSLA News 12)
Quality of life is a big factor when companies consider making the Shreveport-Bossier City area their home, says Angie White, of North Louisiana Economic Partnership. (Source: KSLA News 12) Quality of life is a big factor when companies consider making the Shreveport-Bossier City area their home, says Angie White, of North Louisiana Economic Partnership. (Source: KSLA News 12)
MIckey "The Hot Dog Man" Davis says the mood of people on the streets of downtown Shreveport  "don't change much." (Source: KSLA News 12) MIckey "The Hot Dog Man" Davis says the mood of people on the streets of downtown Shreveport "don't change much." (Source: KSLA News 12)
This is the third consecutive year that the Shreveport area's cost of living has crept up. (Source: KSLA News 12) This is the third consecutive year that the Shreveport area's cost of living has crept up. (Source: KSLA News 12)
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

If it seems like your money goes a bit further in Northwest Louisiana, that's not your imagination.

But now comes the challenge of turning a positive ranking into a long-term benefit for the area.

All too often, we hear about rankings that put Louisiana at or near the bottom of lists like access to health care and then at or near the top when it comes to issues like domestic violence.

This time, the Shreveport-Bossier City area once again ranks among the most affordable places to live in Louisiana.

That's according to the cost-of-living index report published by the Council for Community and Economic Research.

That index shows the cost of living is nearly 10 percent less in the Shreveport metro area compared to the national average.

The ranking weighed several factors, including the cost of housing, groceries, health care, transportation and utilities.

"I would say housing and utilities are our strongest points by far," explained Angie White, senior vice president of workforce strategy at North Louisiana Economic Partnership.

But if you're looking for that personal touch in helping gauge the mood of Shreveport and its people, you need look no further than MIckey "The Hot Dog Man" Davis.

He says he's been a common fixture in downtown Shreveport for the past two decades.

So we asked Davis if he could notice changes in the public mood.

Davis turned his head and said: "It don't change much," referring to Shreveport.

The area's low cost-of-living ranking is more than just about bragging rights, especially compared to places like a Dallas or a Houston.

It's also about using it as a marketing tool to attract talented individuals and big companies to this area, White said.

And when it comes to companies considering this area as their new home, she added, quality of life is a big factor.

"They want to know that where they're asking these people to move they're going to be comfortable, they'll be able to afford it, that they'll be happy there and settle easily."

Back at the hot dog stand, Davis isn't convinced that the area's relatively low cost of living actually improves the quality of life here.

"No, because I think the wages are lower, too."

This also marks the third year in a row that Shreveport's cost of living has crept up ever so slightly compared to the national average.

Click here to see how Shreveport's cost of living compares with that of other U.S. cities.

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