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Overall 26%
Goods & Services 6%
Housing 66%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects 2019 and was released from C2ER in January, 2020; this is the most current data available.
The cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. For example, if the cost of living is 90, then it is 10% lower than average. If the cost of living is 110, then it is 10% higher than average. The breakdown for each index is as follows: goods & services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). If the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used.
IndexCaleArkansasNational
Cost of living7484100
Goods & Services9495100
Groceries9390100
Health care9486100
Housing3465100
Transportation8583100
Utilities9091100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Cale is 11% lower than the Arkansas average
  • The cost of living in Cale is 26% lower than the national average
  • Cale housing is 66% lower than the national average
  • Arkansas general sales tax is 28% higher than the national average
  • Arkansas state income tax is 10% 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$0$0$0$0
      Renters$0$0$0$0

      Arkansas Sales Tax

      StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
      Arkansas6.5%11.625%

      Arkansas Income Tax

      StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
      Arkansas2%6.6%

      Goods & Services

      ItemCaleNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $12.33$17.4929.5%
      Beauty Salon $31.30$38.1718.0%
      Toothpaste $2.10$2.329.5%
      Shampoo $0.98$1.013.2%
      Movie $7.51$10.7230.0%
      Bowling $14.25$13.862.8%

      Groceries

      ItemCaleNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $4.36$3.9011.8%
      Fried Chicken $1.02$1.4026.9%
      Milk $2.03$1.963.5%
      Potatoes $2.98$3.186.4%
      Pizza $10.25$10.391.4%
      Beer $9.26$9.230.3%

      Health Care

      ItemCaleNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $68.00$106.3436.1%
      Doctor $87.50$115.2524.1%
      Dentist $106.67$98.388.4%
      Ibuprofen $9.08$9.262.0%
      Lipitor $477.20$466.472.3%

      Housing

      ItemCaleNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $62,000.00$184,700.0066.4%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $913.16$1,273.3228.3%
      Apartment Rent $0.00$949.00100.0%

      Transportation

      ItemCaleNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.30$2.5911.4%
      Tire Balancing $39.75$48.9018.7%

      Utilities

      ItemCaleNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$138.08$167.6017.6%
      Phone $181.89$163.4211.3%
      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.
      Bodcaw, AR15768-32%
      Whelen Springs, AR2973-27%
      Reader, AR15574-26%
      Bluff City, AR9375-25%
      Chidester, AR29475-25%
      Cale, AR9774-26%

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      Source: The Cale, AR cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.