Heber Springs 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.
IndexHeber SpringsArkansasNational
Cost of living index8584100
IndexHeber SpringsArkansasNational
Goods & Services index8893100
Groceries index9193100
Health care index8788100
Housing index7865100
Transportation index9489100
Utilities index8297100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Heber Springs, AR is displayed above. In Heber Springs, AR, the overall cost of living index is 85, which is 1% higher than the Arkansas average and 15% lower than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Heber Springs, AR, the city's goods and services are 5% lower than the Arkansas average and 12% lower than the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Heber Springs is 1% higher than the Arkansas average.
  • The cost of living in Heber Springs is 15% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Heber Springs is 22% 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$50,697$4,225$1,183$1,521
Renters$29,847$2,487$696$895
The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Heber Springs, AR as well as the overall cost of living. As a general rule of thumb, the debt-to-income ratio (DTI) for homeowners or renters should be not more than 28 percent of gross income to be spent on housing related costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses, including debts. The median income for Heber Springs, AR homeowners, is $50,697. This would allow for a maximum of $1,183 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $29,847 which would result in a maximum of $696 to be spent on rental 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%
For those who live in Heber Springs, AR and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the Arkansas income tax rate and the Arkansas sales tax rate. By sales tax, we mean the taxes that are included whenever a person is purchasing any goods or services. The amount that is taxed depends upon the particular state, where some states have a sales tax of zero percent while others can have a tax higher than seven percent. In Arkansas, the sales tax is 6.5%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 11.625%. There is also income tax to consider, which is based upon the amount of money made in a year. Just like sales tax, income tax depends upon the particular state but also depends upon what tax bracket the person is in. Income tax for the state can be higher than nine percent in some states to zero percent in others. For those that live in Arkansas, the income tax rate ranges between 0.9% to 6.9%.

Goods & Services

ItemHeber SpringsNational 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

ItemHeber SpringsNational 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

ItemHeber SpringsNational 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

ItemHeber SpringsNational avg.Difference
Home Price $141,600.00$175,700.0019.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $864.25$1,133.2323.7%
Apartment Rent $676.00$920.0026.5%

Transportation

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

Utilities

ItemHeber SpringsNational 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.

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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Concord, AR21873-27%
Letona, AR27074-26%
Pangburn, AR65077-23%
Quitman, AR97678-22%
Tumbling Shoals, AR1,01379-21%
Heber Springs, AR7,17785-15%

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Heber Springs, AR7,17785-15%
Source: The Heber Springs, AR cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.