Overall 21%
Goods & Services 6%
Housing 50%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects 2020 and was released from C2ER in January, 2021; 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.
IndexEl DoradoArkansasNational
Cost of living7985100
Goods & Services9496100
Health care9587100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in El Dorado is 7% lower than the Arkansas average
  • The cost of living in El Dorado is 21% lower than the national average
  • El Dorado housing is 50% lower than the national average
  • Arkansas general sales tax is 28% higher than the national average
  • Arkansas state income tax is 19% lower than the national average

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      Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

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      The affordability of the housing market in El Dorado, AR as well as the overall cost of living can be predicted by what percent of the monthly income is spent on housing related costs. This is konwn as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The overall rule of thumb is that no more than 28% of your gross income should be spent on the overall costs related to housing and no more than 36% of gross income on all expenses and debts. Among El Dorado homeowners, the median income is $48,587. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,134 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $25,620. This indicates that renters would have a maximum of $598 for their rent related monthly costs.

      Arkansas Sales Tax

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      Goods & Services

      ItemEl DoradoNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $17.08$18.628.3%
      Beauty Salon $38.13$39.052.4%
      Toothpaste $2.09$2.3410.6%
      Shampoo $1.03$1.062.8%
      Movie $8.17$10.6823.6%
      Bowling $13.08$14.6710.8%


      ItemEl DoradoNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $4.48$4.226.1%
      Fried Chicken $1.16$1.3916.3%
      Milk $1.97$2.053.7%
      Potatoes $3.03$3.297.9%
      Pizza $10.95$10.623.1%
      Beer $8.62$9.388.1%

      Health Care

      ItemEl DoradoNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $104.00$108.574.2%
      Doctor $103.73$116.1710.7%
      Dentist $96.11$99.133.0%
      Ibuprofen $9.57$9.681.1%
      Lipitor $462.67$466.920.9%


      ItemEl DoradoNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $82,300.00$184,700.0055.4%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,048.70$1,197.4212.4%
      Apartment Rent $609.00$949.0035.8%


      ItemEl DoradoNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $1.87$2.2216.0%
      Tire Balancing $43.62$50.0712.9%


      ItemEl DoradoNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$111.98$167.6733.2%
      Phone $180.18$175.642.6%
      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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      Source: The El Dorado, AR cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2020.