Warren 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.
IndexWarrenArkansasNational
Cost of living index8086100
IndexWarrenArkansasNational
Goods & Services index9996100
Groceries index9895100
Health care index9188100
Housing index4565100
Transportation index8992100
Utilities index82102100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Warren, AR is displayed above. In Warren, AR, the overall cost of living index is 80, which is 8% lower than the Arkansas average and 20% 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 Warren, AR, the city's goods and services are 3% higher than the Arkansas average and 2% lower than the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Warren is 8% lower than the Arkansas average.
  • The cost of living in Warren is 20% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Warren 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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Use the salary calculator to compare your current salary in Warren, AR to any other city. The salary calculator will tell you how much you would need to earn in any given city to maintain the same standard of living based on the cost of living in each city. For example, if the cost of living in the city you are looking to relocate to is higher than the cost of living in Warren, AR, then you would need to earn more income in order to maintain the same standard of living. To use the Warren, AR salary calculator, simply enter in the name of the new city, then adjust the slider to your current income. The salary calculator will do the rest and let you know if you need to earn more or less in the new city. You will also see a complete breakdown of the cost of living.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$35,357$2,946$825$1,061
Renters$15,900$1,325$371$477
A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living is by simply calculating the maximum that a person should spend on housing in Warren, AR, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The safest way to live in the city is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income that one earns on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Warren, AR has a median income of about $35,357 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $825 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $15,900. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $371 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

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 Warren, 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

ItemWarrenNational avg.Difference
Haircut $14.33$14.591.8%
Beauty Salon $27.50$34.6820.7%
Toothpaste $2.52$2.471.9%
Shampoo $0.97$1.025.1%
Movie $7.25$9.8726.5%
Bowling $4.59$4.394.5%

Groceries

ItemWarrenNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.77$4.4815.8%
Fried Chicken $1.22$1.4616.7%
Milk $2.88$2.3622.2%
Potatoes $3.82$3.0624.8%
Pizza $8.99$9.242.7%
Beer $7.74$8.6310.3%

Health Care

ItemWarrenNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $81.25$99.7818.6%
Doctor $83.67$105.0320.3%
Dentist $84.33$88.704.9%
Ibuprofen $9.47$9.410.6%
Lipitor $294.69$298.501.3%

Housing

ItemWarrenNational avg.Difference
Home Price $63,900.00$175,700.0063.6%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,067.80$1,081.031.2%
Apartment Rent $610.00$920.0033.7%

Transportation

ItemWarrenNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.98$2.095.1%
Tire Balancing $33.50$45.2926.0%

Utilities

ItemWarrenNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$131.56$170.8023.0%
Phone $25.01$28.2611.5%
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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Banks, AR16174-26%
Hermitage, AR87577-23%
New Edinburg, AR35681-19%
Wilmar, AR42579-21%
Rye, AR11287-13%
Warren, AR5,91880-20%

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