Helena-West Helena 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.
IndexHelena-West HelenaArkansasNational
Cost of living index7684100
IndexHelena-West HelenaArkansasNational
Goods & Services index8893100
Groceries index9193100
Health care index8988100
Housing index4565100
Transportation index9289100
Utilities index9197100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Helena-West Helena, AR cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Helena-West Helena, AR is 76, which is 10% lower than the Arkansas average and 24% 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 Helena-West Helena, AR are 5% lower than the Arkansas average and 12% lower than the national average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Helena-West Helena is 10% lower than the Arkansas average.
  • The cost of living in Helena-West Helena is 24% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Helena-West Helena 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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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$41,396$3,450$966$1,242
Renters$17,441$1,453$407$523
How much of your monthly income goes to housing can tell you whether or not you can afford housing in Helena-West Helena, AR, as well as what the average cost of living is. Generally, a good rule to follow is that the debt-to-income (DTI) level you want to maintain is 28 percent or less of your income on your rent or mortgage payment and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. In Helena-West Helena, AR homeowners have a median income of $41,396. Using that number, you will come up with a maximum of $966 per month that can be spent on the cost of housing. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $17,441, which means there is a maximum of $407 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

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 assessing the complete cost of living in Helena-West Helena, AR, the Arkansas income tax and the Arkansas sales tax percentages should unquestionably be taken into consideration. Sales taxes aren't just levies imposed onto sold goods, but they also include taxes that are charged when services are provided for a fee. The rates are different from state to state and can run has high as 7 percent. Some states have no sales tax at all. The Arkansas maximum surtax is 11.625%, and the Arkansas sales tax is 6.5%. By contrast, income tax is an unfortunate obligation that is charged by the government against earnings. Just like sales taxes, the rates for income taxes differ from state to state. They also decrease or increase according to the individual's tax bracket. Tax rates can run as high as 9 percent, with a minimum of zero. Income tax rates range from 0.9% to 6.9% in Arkansas.

Goods & Services

ItemHelena-West HelenaNational avg.Difference
Haircut $13.20$15.5615.2%
Beauty Salon $25.67$36.1128.9%
Toothpaste $2.06$2.4716.8%
Shampoo $0.79$0.9618.1%
Movie $10.27$10.131.4%
Bowling $3.60$4.7423.9%

Groceries

ItemHelena-West HelenaNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.87$3.983.0%
Fried Chicken $1.08$1.4123.2%
Milk $1.91$2.067.3%
Potatoes $3.73$2.9825.1%
Pizza $8.52$9.4710.0%
Beer $8.54$8.792.8%

Health Care

ItemHelena-West HelenaNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $63.32$101.0437.3%
Doctor $83.78$107.4422.0%
Dentist $86.73$90.424.1%
Ibuprofen $8.16$9.2812.1%
Lipitor $423.17$426.500.8%

Housing

ItemHelena-West HelenaNational avg.Difference
Home Price $63,500.00$175,700.0063.9%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $733.34$1,133.2335.3%
Apartment Rent $602.00$920.0034.6%

Transportation

ItemHelena-West HelenaNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.80$1.999.7%
Tire Balancing $44.12$45.763.6%

Utilities

ItemHelena-West HelenaNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$126.07$163.8123.0%
Phone $31.57$28.3911.2%
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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Rondo, AR28973-27%
Helena-West Helena, AR11,79576-24%

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Source: The Helena-West Helena, AR cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.