Arkansas City 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.
IndexArkansas CityKansasNational
Cost of living index8090100
IndexArkansas CityKansasNational
Goods & Services index9399100
Groceries index9693100
Health care index9496100
Housing index4676100
Transportation index9389100
Utilities index10398100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Arkansas City, KS cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Arkansas City, KS is 80, which is 11% lower than the Kansas average and 20% 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 Arkansas City, KS are 6% lower than the Kansas average and 7% lower than the national average.

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  • The cost of living in Arkansas City is 11% lower than the Kansas average.
  • The cost of living in Arkansas City is 20% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Arkansas City is 54% lower than the national average.
  • Kansas general sales tax is 21% higher than the national average.
  • Kansas state income tax is 21% higher than the national average.

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The salary calculator is meant to help you compare your salary in Arkansas City, KS to your potential earning power in another city. This can help you deduce what your salary would need to be in any given city in order for you to live the same lifestyle that you do in your current city. In other words, if you plan on moving to a city where the cost of living is higher than in Arkansas City, KS, you'll have to make more money in the new city in order to maintain the lifestyle you currently enjoy. To use the Arkansas City, KS salary calculator, simply input the new city, then move the adjustable slider to match your current income. Once you've selected your income, the calculator will determine if that income is sufficient to support your standard of living in the new city you entered. The calculator will also supply you with a rundown of living costs in the new city.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$44,771$3,731$1,045$1,343
Renters$23,411$1,951$546$702
A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living is by simply calculating the maximum that a person should spend on housing in Arkansas City, KS, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The safest way to live in the city is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income that one earns on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Arkansas City, KS has a median income of about $44,771 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,045 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $23,411. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $546 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

Kansas Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Kansas6.15%9.65%

Kansas Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Kansas2.7%4.6%
The Kansas sales tax and Kansas income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Arkansas City, KS. 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 Kansas sales tax is 6.15% and the maximum surtax is 9.65%. 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 Kansas income tax rates range from 2.7% to 4.6%.

Goods & Services

ItemArkansas CityNational avg.Difference
Haircut $9.33$14.5936.1%
Beauty Salon $28.33$34.6818.3%
Toothpaste $2.48$2.470.3%
Shampoo $0.91$1.0211.0%
Movie $11.00$9.8711.5%
Bowling $2.99$4.3931.9%

Groceries

ItemArkansas CityNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.09$4.488.6%
Fried Chicken $1.49$1.461.8%
Milk $2.60$2.3610.3%
Potatoes $2.56$3.0616.4%
Pizza $7.99$9.2413.6%
Beer $8.23$8.634.7%

Health Care

ItemArkansas CityNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $100.00$99.780.2%
Doctor $66.67$105.0336.5%
Dentist $107.33$88.7021.0%
Ibuprofen $8.38$9.4111.0%
Lipitor $256.79$298.5014.0%

Housing

ItemArkansas CityNational avg.Difference
Home Price $63,400.00$175,700.0063.9%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $917.01$1,081.0315.2%
Apartment Rent $627.00$920.0031.8%

Transportation

ItemArkansas CityNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.88$2.099.9%
Tire Balancing $45.33$45.290.1%

Utilities

ItemArkansas CityNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$171.07$170.800.2%
Phone $29.95$28.266.0%
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.
Geuda Springs, KS19173-27%
Newkirk, OK2,29780-20%
Oxford, KS1,17884-16%
Winfield, KS12,32484-16%
Parkerfield, KS35288-12%
Arkansas City, KS12,31680-20%

Cities with similar population

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Cleveland, MS12,31884-16%
New Providence, NJ12,31415959%
Ringwood, NJ12,32013939%
Eatontown, NJ12,32314646%
Winfield, KS12,32484-16%
Arkansas City, KS12,31680-20%
Source: The Arkansas City, KS cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.