De Queen 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.
IndexDe QueenArkansasNational
Cost of living index8586100
IndexDe QueenArkansasNational
Goods & Services index11496100
Groceries index9295100
Health care index8688100
Housing index4465100
Transportation index8992100
Utilities index96102100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the De Queen, AR cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Arkansas and cities across the country, the cost of living index in De Queen, AR is 85, which is 2% lower than the Arkansas average and 15% lower than that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in De Queen, AR are 19% higher than the average for Arkansas and 14% higher than the rest of the country.

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  • The cost of living in De Queen is 2% lower than the Arkansas average.
  • The cost of living in De Queen is 15% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in De Queen is 56% 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$47,547$3,962$1,109$1,427
Renters$22,793$1,899$532$684
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in De Queen, AR, all you must look at is the percentage of monthly income that should be spent on housing expenses, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). Generally speaking, no more than 28 percent of your total gross income should be spent on your housing expenses and not more than 36 percent of your gross income on total expenses, including debts. In De Queen, AR, the median monthly income is $47,547 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,109 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $22,793, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $532 on monthly rental expenses.

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 De Queen, 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

ItemDe QueenNational avg.Difference
Haircut $10.33$14.5929.2%
Beauty Salon $35.00$34.680.9%
Toothpaste $2.07$2.4716.3%
Shampoo $0.90$1.0211.9%
Movie $8.75$9.8711.3%
Bowling $3.86$4.3912.1%

Groceries

ItemDe QueenNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.63$4.483.4%
Fried Chicken $1.41$1.463.7%
Milk $2.64$2.3612.0%
Potatoes $2.61$3.0614.7%
Pizza $10.16$9.249.9%
Beer $8.72$8.631.0%

Health Care

ItemDe QueenNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $59.33$99.7840.5%
Doctor $98.00$105.036.7%
Dentist $69.50$88.7021.6%
Ibuprofen $7.67$9.4118.5%
Lipitor $291.75$298.502.3%

Housing

ItemDe QueenNational avg.Difference
Home Price $69,600.00$175,700.0060.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $826.57$1,081.0323.5%
Apartment Rent $498.00$920.0045.9%

Transportation

ItemDe QueenNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.84$2.0911.8%
Tire Balancing $42.00$45.297.3%

Utilities

ItemDe QueenNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$143.40$170.8016.0%
Phone $32.01$28.2613.3%
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.
Lockesburg, AR78083-17%
Ben Lomond, AR13983-17%
Horatio, AR1,20184-16%
Grannis, AR54084-16%
Winthrop, AR13984-16%
De Queen, AR6,67185-15%

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Opp, AL6,67579-21%
Green Hill, TN6,6671022%
De Queen, AR6,67185-15%
Source: The De Queen, AR cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.