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Overall 26%
Goods & Services 15%
Housing 55%
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.
IndexPalestineArkansasNational
Cost of living7484100
Goods & Services8695100
Groceries8990100
Health care7786100
Housing4565100
Transportation8783100
Utilities8891100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Palestine is 12% lower than the Arkansas average
  • The cost of living in Palestine is 26% lower than the national average
  • Palestine housing is 55% 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$45,795$3,816$1,068$1,374
      Renters$16,250$1,354$379$488

      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

      ItemPalestineNational 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%

      Groceries

      ItemPalestineNational 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

      ItemPalestineNational 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%

      Housing

      ItemPalestineNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $75,000.00$184,700.0059.4%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $921.18$1,273.3227.7%
      Apartment Rent $513.00$949.0045.9%

      Transportation

      ItemPalestineNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.30$2.5911.4%
      Tire Balancing $42.16$48.9013.8%

      Utilities

      ItemPalestineNational 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.

      Nearby cities with low cost of living

      City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Madison, AR86669-31%
      Widener, AR32670-30%
      Colt, AR45570-30%
      Moro, AR21370-30%
      Wheatley, AR22971-29%
      Palestine, AR75174-26%

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      City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Elkton, SD75185-15%
      Star, NC75180-20%
      Miracle Valley, AZ75185-15%
      Kirtland, NM75196-4%
      Elberfeld, IN75187-13%
      Palestine, AR75174-26%
      Source: The Palestine, AR cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.