Camden 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.
IndexCamdenArkansasNational
Cost of living index8286100
IndexCamdenArkansasNational
Goods & Services index9896100
Groceries index9895100
Health care index9288100
Housing index4565100
Transportation index9192100
Utilities index105102100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Camden, AR is shown above. Compared to the state average of Arkansas the cost of living index in Camden, AR is 82, which is 5% lower than the average in Arkansas and compared to the national average it is 18% lower than. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Camden, AR goods and services come in at 3% higher than the average in Arkansas and are 2% lower than compared to the nationwide average.

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  • The cost of living in Camden is 5% lower than the Arkansas average.
  • The cost of living in Camden is 18% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Camden is 55% 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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Using the salary calculator lets you compare the salary you earn in Camden, AR to what it is in other cities. It will let you know what your earnings would have to be in another city to have the same standard of living, as determined by the cost of living in each city. For example, if the cost of living in the area you want to move to is higher than the cost of living in Camden, AR, you have to earn a higher income in order to still have the same standard of living. To operate the Camden, AR salary calculator, put in the name of the other city, then move the slider to the point that represents the current income. The salary calculator will take care of the rest and tell you how much more or less you must earn in the new city. A Total breakdown of the cost of living is also provided.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$40,601$3,383$947$1,218
Renters$16,783$1,399$392$504
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 Camden, AR, 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. Camden, AR has a median income of about $40,601 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $947 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $16,783. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $392 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

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%
When you are determining the total cost of living in Camden, AR you will want to make sure you consider both the Arkansas sales tax and the Arkansas income tax rates. Sales tax come in the form of taxes levied on both services and goods that are sold. The sales tax rates are different state to state and range from zero sales tax to higher than 7%. The sales tax in Arkansas is 6.5%, with the highest surtax being 11.625%. Tax that is on income by the government is income tax. Different states have different income tax rates and these rates can be higher or lower dependent on the corresponding tax bracket. The state income tax rates are different state to state and range from no income tax to more than 9% income tax. The income tax rates in Arkansas have a range from 0.9% to 6.9%.

Goods & Services

ItemCamdenNational 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

ItemCamdenNational 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

ItemCamdenNational 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

ItemCamdenNational avg.Difference
Home Price $70,600.00$175,700.0059.8%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $859.33$1,081.0320.5%
Apartment Rent $532.00$920.0042.2%

Transportation

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

Utilities

ItemCamdenNational 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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Reader, AR2198-2%
Chidester, AR21877-23%
Stephens, AR94581-19%
Louann, AR14377-23%
Bearden, AR1,05380-20%
Camden, AR11,86182-18%

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Westwood Lakes, FL11,86011111%
Fortuna, CA11,86312222%
Pennsville, NJ11,8641044%
Beachwood, OH11,85512121%
Florida City, FL11,85396-4%
Camden, AR11,86182-18%
Source: The Camden, AR cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.