Dardanelle 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.
IndexDardanelleArkansasNational
Cost of living index7984100
IndexDardanelleArkansasNational
Goods & Services index8893100
Groceries index9193100
Health care index8788100
Housing index5965100
Transportation index9489100
Utilities index8297100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Dardanelle, AR is shown above. Compared to the state average of Arkansas the cost of living index in Dardanelle, AR is 79, which is 6% lower than the average in Arkansas and compared to the national average it is 21% 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 Dardanelle, AR goods and services come in at 5% lower than the average in Arkansas and are 12% lower than compared to the nationwide average.

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  • The cost of living in Dardanelle is 6% lower than the Arkansas average.
  • The cost of living in Dardanelle is 21% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Dardanelle is 41% 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$38,788$3,232$905$1,164
Renters$22,517$1,876$525$676
The affordability of the housing market in Dardanelle, AR as well as the overall cost of living can be indicated accurately by what percent of the monthly income is spent on housing related costs. This is konwn as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The overall rule of thumb is that no more than 28% of your gross income should ever be used on the overall costs related to housing and no more than 36% of gross income on all expenses and debts. Among Dardanelle, AR homeowners, the median income is $38,788. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $905 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $22,517. This indicates that renters should have a maximum of $525 used for their rent related monthly costs.

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%
One thing to keep in mind when considering the cost of living in Dardanelle, AR is the Arkansas sales tax and Arkansas income tax rates. Sales taxes are taxes that are collected on most goods or services sold. Sales taxes can vary by state and can be as high as 7% and as low as 0% as not every state imposes a sales tax. The Arkansas sales tax rate is 6.5% and the maximum surtax that can be charged is 11.625%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by both the federal and state government. The income tax rates varies by individual state and will also be higher or lower depending on the applicable tax bracket. The rates of state income tax can vary from 0% to more than 9%. The Arkansas income tax rates range from 0.9% to 6.9%.

Goods & Services

ItemDardanelleNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.00$15.563.6%
Beauty Salon $32.83$36.119.1%
Toothpaste $1.65$2.4733.3%
Shampoo $0.75$0.9621.9%
Movie $7.40$10.1326.9%
Bowling $3.99$4.7415.7%

Groceries

ItemDardanelleNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.81$3.984.5%
Fried Chicken $1.19$1.4115.7%
Milk $2.15$2.064.3%
Potatoes $3.21$2.987.5%
Pizza $8.99$9.475.1%
Beer $8.51$8.793.2%

Health Care

ItemDardanelleNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $90.36$101.0410.6%
Doctor $103.33$107.443.8%
Dentist $67.72$90.4225.1%
Ibuprofen $7.97$9.2814.1%
Lipitor $410.50$426.503.8%

Housing

ItemDardanelleNational avg.Difference
Home Price $104,300.00$175,700.0040.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $864.25$1,133.2323.7%
Apartment Rent $520.00$920.0043.5%

Transportation

ItemDardanelleNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.82$1.998.7%
Tire Balancing $46.20$45.761.0%

Utilities

ItemDardanelleNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$115.73$163.8129.4%
Phone $27.95$28.391.5%
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.
Casa, AR13272-28%
Ola, AR1,18182-18%
Danville, AR2,68683-17%
Corinth, AR7484-16%
London, AR93778-22%
Dardanelle, AR4,69979-21%

Cities with similar population

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Fort Lee, VA4,7001099%
Meadows Place, TX4,7011055%
Alamo, GA4,70175-25%
South Greeley, WY4,70279-21%
Madisonville, TN4,70379-21%
Dardanelle, AR4,69979-21%
Source: The Dardanelle, AR cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.