Arkadelphia cost of living index

In the event that the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used. Each cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. If the amount is below 100, it is lower than the national average. If the amount is above 100, it is higher than the national average.
IndexArkadelphiaArkansasNational
Cost of living index8786100
IndexArkadelphiaArkansasNational
Goods & Services index9896100
Groceries index9895100
Health care index9288100
Housing index6165100
Transportation index9192100
Utilities index105102100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Arkadelphia, AR cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Arkadelphia, AR is 87, which is 1% higher than the Arkansas average and 13% lower than the national average. The cost of living index is created from the following categories: goods/services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). As you can see, goods/services and housing make up the majority of the overall cost of living index. Everyday goods and services can be a good indicator of the general cost of goods in a given city. In this case, the goods and services in Arkadelphia, AR are 3% higher than the Arkansas average and 2% lower than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Arkadelphia is 1% higher than the Arkansas average.
  • The cost of living in Arkadelphia is 13% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Arkadelphia is 39% lower than the national average.
  • Arkansas general sales tax is 28% higher than the national average.
  • Arkansas state income tax is 60% lower than the national average.

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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$62,841$5,237$1,466$1,885
Renters$16,226$1,352$379$487
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Arkadelphia, AR, as well as what the average cost of living is. Generally, a good rule to follow is that the debt-to-income (DTI) level you want to maintain is 28 percent or less of your income on your rent or mortgage payment and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. In Arkadelphia, AR homeowners have a median income of $62,841. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $1,466 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $16,226, which means there is a maximum of $379 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

Arkansas Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Arkansas6.5%11.625%

Arkansas Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Arkansas0.9%6.9%
The Arkansas sales tax and Arkansas income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Arkadelphia, AR. Sales taxes are taxes that are imposed onto goods and services sold. Sales taxes do vary by state and can range from no tax at all to upwards of 7%. The Arkansas sales tax is 6.5% and the maximum surtax is 11.625%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by the government. The income tax rates will vary by state and will also increase or decrease depending on the corresponding tax bracket. State income tax rates can range from anywhere from no tax at all to more than 9%. The Arkansas income tax rates range from 0.9% to 6.9%.

Goods & Services

ItemArkadelphiaNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.25$14.594.5%
Beauty Salon $28.00$34.6819.3%
Toothpaste $1.85$2.4725.2%
Shampoo $0.98$1.024.1%
Movie $9.75$9.871.2%
Bowling $3.75$4.3914.6%

Groceries

ItemArkadelphiaNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.77$4.486.6%
Fried Chicken $1.39$1.465.1%
Milk $2.22$2.365.8%
Potatoes $2.55$3.0616.7%
Pizza $9.55$9.243.3%
Beer $8.54$8.631.1%

Health Care

ItemArkadelphiaNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $125.00$99.7825.3%
Doctor $100.00$105.034.8%
Dentist $76.00$88.7014.3%
Ibuprofen $8.71$9.417.5%
Lipitor $265.06$298.5011.2%

Housing

ItemArkadelphiaNational avg.Difference
Home Price $105,400.00$175,700.0040.0%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $859.33$1,081.0320.5%
Apartment Rent $588.00$920.0036.1%

Transportation

ItemArkadelphiaNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.00$2.094.4%
Tire Balancing $35.40$45.2921.8%

Utilities

ItemArkadelphiaNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$150.51$170.8011.9%
Phone $36.01$28.2627.4%
Although the cost of living data is updated regularly, this cost of living information is to be used as estimates only as prices can change on an ongoing basis.

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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Sparkman, AR47877-23%
Donaldson, AR30079-21%
Gurdon, AR2,33280-20%
Gum Springs, AR12381-19%
Midway town, AR44685-15%
Arkadelphia, AR10,70387-13%

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Source: The Arkadelphia, AR cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.