A wise sage once said:
“She works hard for the money…”
And these places in Arkansas definitely treat her right.
You see, these are the places in Arkansas where the cost of living is the lowest; where your salary goes the furthest. And when if you have the luxury of choosing where to live in the Natural State, then the cost of living should play a role in the decision.
So we did the hard for you and crunched the numbers to find the cities that have lower food, energy, and housing costs. After the dust settled on our analysis of the 60 largest places in Arkansas, we were left with this set of the best value for your money.
- Helena-West Helena (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Forrest City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Newport (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Osceola (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Pocahontas (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Trumann (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Wynne (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- West Memphis (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Blytheville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Paragould (Photos | Homes For Sale)
So listen up Hot Springs (the most expensive place in Arkansas) as we explain how we created this ranking. You could learn some things from the rest of the state.
And if you already knew these places were cheap, check out some more reading about Arkansas and the cheapest places in the country:
How We Determined The Cheapest Places To Live In The Natural State For 2018
There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:
- Health Insurance
You can then compare the cost of these things in each of the places in Arkansas to figure out which is the least expensive.
What you are left with is a “Cost of Living Index” that normalizes to 100 for an average place in the United States.
So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 60 places in Arkansas that have more than 5,000 people.
And just so you can better understand how the cost of living index works, 100 is the average cost of a place in the United States. A score of 90 means that the place cost 10% less than average. A score of 90 means it’s 10% less expensive.
San Francisco has a score of 243 meaning it’s almost 2.5 times as expensive as the average place in the country.
Helena-West Helena is the county seat of and the largest city within Phillips County, Arkansas, United States. The current city was consolidated, effective January 1, 2006, from the two Arkansas cities of Helena and West Helena. Helena is sited on lowlands between the Mississippi River and the eastern side of Crowley’s Ridge. West Helena is located on the western side of Crowley’s Ridge, a geographic anomaly in the typically flat Arkansas Delta. The Helena Bridge, one of Arkansas’ four Mississippi River bridges, carries U.S. Route 49 across to Mississippi. The combined population of the two cities was 15,012 at the 2000 census and at the 2010 census, the official population was 12,282.
Forrest City is a city in St. Francis County, Arkansas, United States, and the county seat. It was named for General Nathan Bedford Forrest, who used the location as a campsite for a construction crew completing a railroad between Memphis and Little Rock, shortly after the Civil War. The population was 15,371 at the 2010 census, an increase from 14,774 in 2000. The city refers to itself as the “Jewel of the Delta”.
Osceola is a city in and one of the two county seats of Mississippi County, Arkansas, United States. Located along the Mississippi River within the Arkansas delta, the settlement was founded in 1837 and incorporated in 1853. Occupying an important location on the river, the city’s economy grew as steamboat traffic increased. Timber and cotton harvesting would develop, and the city experienced rapid growth and development throughout the early 20th century. The city’s economy has since diversified to include a robust industrial sector. The population was 7,757 at the 2010 census.
Pocahontas is a city in Randolph County, Arkansas, United States, along the Black River. According to 2006 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the city was 6,765. The city is the county seat of Randolph County.
Trumann is a city in Poinsett County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 7,243 at the 2010 census. It is included in the Jonesboro, Arkansas Metropolitan Statistical Area.
West Memphis is the largest city in Crittenden County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 26,245 at the 2010 census, ranking it as the state’s 18th largest city, behind Bella Vista. It is part of the Memphis metropolitan area, and is located directly across the Mississippi River from Memphis.
Blytheville is the largest city in Mississippi County, Arkansas, United States. Blytheville is approximately 60 miles north of West Memphis. The population was 18,272 at the 2000 census.
Paragould is the county seat of Greene County, and the 19th-largest city in Arkansas, in the United States. The city is located in northeastern Arkansas on the eastern edge of Crowley’s Ridge, a geologic anomaly contained within the Arkansas delta.
There You Have It Mr. Or Mrs. Arkansas Cheapskate
If you’re looking at the cost of living numbers in Arkansas, this is an accurate list of the cheapest places to call home.
Here’s a look at the most expensive cities in Arkansas according to the data:
- Hot Springs
For more Arkansas reading, check out:
- These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Arkansas For 2018
- 10 Safest Places In Arkansas
- These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Arkansas
Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In Arkansas
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