Overall 26%
Goods & Services 15%
Housing 54%
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.
IndexHelena-West HelenaArkansasNational
Cost of living7484100
Goods & Services8695100
Health care7786100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Helena-West Helena is 11% lower than the Arkansas average
  • The cost of living in Helena-West Helena is 26% lower than the national average
  • Helena-West Helena housing is 54% 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

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      The percentage of monthly income spent on housing related expenses can help predict the affordability of housing in Helena-West Helena, AR, as well as what the overall cost of living might be. Generally, a good rule to follow is that the debt-to-income (DTI) level you want to maintain is 28 percent or less of your income on your rent or mortgage payments and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. In Helena-West Helena, homeowners have a median income of $47,276. Using that number, a maximum of $1,103 per month should be allocated to housing expenses. For those who are renting instead of owning, the median income is $17,702, which means there is a maximum of $413 to be spent on the costs of renting a home or apartment.

      Arkansas Sales Tax

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      Goods & Services

      ItemHelena-West HelenaNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $14.50$17.4917.1%
      Beauty Salon $33.00$38.1713.5%
      Toothpaste $1.76$2.3224.2%
      Shampoo $0.79$1.0121.9%
      Movie $12.17$10.7213.5%
      Bowling $17.50$13.8626.3%


      ItemHelena-West HelenaNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $3.14$3.9019.5%
      Fried Chicken $0.83$1.4040.5%
      Milk $2.01$1.962.4%
      Potatoes $3.19$3.180.2%
      Pizza $8.25$10.3920.6%
      Beer $8.84$9.234.2%

      Health Care

      ItemHelena-West HelenaNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $61.66$106.3442.0%
      Doctor $74.63$115.2535.2%
      Dentist $75.17$98.3823.6%
      Ibuprofen $7.98$9.2613.8%
      Lipitor $466.06$466.470.1%


      ItemHelena-West HelenaNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $71,100.00$184,700.0061.5%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $921.18$1,273.3227.7%
      Apartment Rent $608.00$949.0035.9%


      ItemHelena-West HelenaNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.30$2.5911.4%
      Tire Balancing $42.16$48.9013.8%


      ItemHelena-West HelenaNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$131.84$167.6021.3%
      Phone $182.13$163.4211.5%
      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.

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      Coahoma, MS35270-30%
      LaGrange, AR5170-30%
      North Tunica, MS92671-29%
      Helena-West Helena, AR11,32574-26%

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      Chalco, NE11,32289-11%
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      Greentree, NJ11,31912626%
      Lowes Island, VA11,31616464%
      Yazoo City, MS11,33679-21%
      Helena-West Helena, AR11,32574-26%
      Source: The Helena-West Helena, AR cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.