Van Buren 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.
IndexVan BurenArkansasNational
Cost of living index8586100
IndexVan BurenArkansasNational
Goods & Services index9396100
Groceries index9295100
Health care index9088100
Housing index6665100
Transportation index9192100
Utilities index103102100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Van Buren, AR cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Arkansas and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Van Buren, AR is 85, which is 1% 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 Van Buren, AR are 3% lower than the average for Arkansas and 7% lower than the rest of the country.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Van Buren is 1% lower than the Arkansas average.
  • The cost of living in Van Buren is 15% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Van Buren is 34% 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$48,935$4,078$1,142$1,468
Renters$23,750$1,979$554$713
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Van Buren, 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 Van Buren, AR, the median monthly income is $48,935 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,142 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $23,750, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $554 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%
When assessing the complete cost of living in Van Buren, 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

ItemVan BurenNational avg.Difference
Haircut $13.60$14.596.8%
Beauty Salon $30.40$34.6812.3%
Toothpaste $2.45$2.470.9%
Shampoo $0.82$1.0219.8%
Movie $9.00$9.878.8%
Bowling $2.93$4.3933.3%

Groceries

ItemVan BurenNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.82$4.487.7%
Fried Chicken $1.07$1.4626.9%
Milk $2.61$2.3610.7%
Potatoes $3.39$3.0610.7%
Pizza $10.10$9.249.3%
Beer $9.30$8.637.7%

Health Care

ItemVan BurenNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $96.25$99.783.5%
Doctor $88.20$105.0316.0%
Dentist $79.75$88.7010.1%
Ibuprofen $7.97$9.4115.3%
Lipitor $295.31$298.501.1%

Housing

ItemVan BurenNational avg.Difference
Home Price $113,900.00$175,700.0035.2%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $869.39$1,081.0319.6%
Apartment Rent $618.00$920.0032.8%

Transportation

ItemVan BurenNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.80$2.0913.7%
Tire Balancing $46.33$45.292.3%

Utilities

ItemVan BurenNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$157.83$170.807.6%
Phone $33.40$28.2618.2%
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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Rudy, AR7674-26%
Belfonte, OK39076-24%
Long, OK33576-24%
Short, OK37377-23%
Moffett, OK12277-23%
Van Buren, AR22,95585-15%

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West Springfield, VA22,95614242%
Roselle, IL22,95111414%
Auburn, ME22,9601044%
Radcliff, KY22,93990-10%
Daphne, AL22,98399-1%
Van Buren, AR22,95585-15%
Source: The Van Buren, AR cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.