Searcy 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.
Cost of living index9286100
Goods & Services index9896100
Groceries index9595100
Health care index8588100
Housing index7565100
Transportation index9892100
Utilities index109102100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Searcy, AR is shown above. Compared to the state average of Arkansas the cost of living index in Searcy, AR is 92, which is 6% higher than the average in Arkansas and compared to the national average it is 8% 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 Searcy, 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 Searcy is 6% higher than the Arkansas average.
  • The cost of living in Searcy is 8% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Searcy is 25% 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)
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Searcy, 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 Searcy, AR, the median monthly income is $58,804 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,372 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $24,368, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $569 on monthly rental expenses.

Arkansas Sales Tax

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Arkansas Income Tax

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When assessing the complete cost of living in Searcy, 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

ItemSearcyNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.20$14.594.2%
Beauty Salon $39.80$34.6814.8%
Toothpaste $1.68$2.4732.1%
Shampoo $0.90$1.0211.9%
Movie $9.50$9.873.7%
Bowling $3.95$4.3910.1%


ItemSearcyNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.95$4.4811.8%
Fried Chicken $1.21$1.4617.4%
Milk $2.33$2.361.1%
Potatoes $2.84$3.067.2%
Pizza $7.99$9.2413.6%
Beer $8.82$8.632.2%

Health Care

ItemSearcyNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $86.00$99.7813.8%
Doctor $90.50$105.0313.8%
Dentist $65.00$88.7026.7%
Ibuprofen $7.98$9.4115.2%
Lipitor $295.98$298.500.8%


ItemSearcyNational avg.Difference
Home Price $138,100.00$175,700.0021.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,047.71$1,081.033.1%
Apartment Rent $628.00$920.0031.7%


ItemSearcyNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.17$2.093.7%
Tire Balancing $37.25$45.2917.7%


ItemSearcyNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$150.55$170.8011.9%
Phone $39.29$28.2639.0%
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.
Russell, AR24171-29%
Kensett, AR1,65579-21%
Garner, AR17480-20%
McRae, AR80681-19%
Letona, AR27081-19%
Searcy, AR23,52492-8%

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Searcy, AR23,52492-8%
Source: The Searcy, AR cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.