These Are The 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Arkansas For 2018


We used data and science to determine which places in Arkansas go easy on your wallet.

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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.

Here are the 10 cheapest places to live in Arkansas for 2018:

  1. Helena-West Helena (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Forrest City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Newport (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Osceola (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Pocahontas (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Trumann (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Wynne (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. West Memphis (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Blytheville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. 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

Map Of The Cheapest Places To Live In Arkansas
There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Gas
  • Health Insurance
  • Utilities
  • Transportation

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, AR

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

1
/10

Population: 12,227
Services: 93
Groceries: 91
Health Care: 85
Housing: 43
Transportation: 89
Utilities: 97
More on Helena-West Helena: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, AR

Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 15,245
Services: 93
Groceries: 91
Health Care: 85
Housing: 49
Transportation: 89
Utilities: 97
More on Forrest City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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”.

Newport, AR

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,848
Services: 93
Groceries: 92
Health Care: 86
Housing: 42
Transportation: 87
Utilities: 92
More on Newport: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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Osceola, AR

Overall SnackAbility

1
/10

Population: 7,726
Services: 93
Groceries: 91
Health Care: 85
Housing: 52
Transportation: 89
Utilities: 97
More on Osceola: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, AR

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,617
Services: 93
Groceries: 92
Health Care: 86
Housing: 44
Transportation: 87
Utilities: 92
More on Pocahontas: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, AR

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 7,218
Services: 93
Groceries: 92
Health Care: 86
Housing: 46
Transportation: 87
Utilities: 92
More on Trumann: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Wynne, AR

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 8,372
Services: 93
Groceries: 91
Health Care: 85
Housing: 55
Transportation: 89
Utilities: 97
More on Wynne: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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West Memphis, AR

Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 26,133
Services: 93
Groceries: 91
Health Care: 85
Housing: 57
Transportation: 89
Utilities: 97
More on West Memphis: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, AR

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 15,614
Services: 93
Groceries: 92
Health Care: 86
Housing: 50
Transportation: 87
Utilities: 92
More on Blytheville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, AR

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 26,222
Services: 93
Groceries: 92
Health Care: 86
Housing: 59
Transportation: 87
Utilities: 92
More on Paragould: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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:

  1. Hot Springs
  2. Russellville
  3. Arkadelphia

For more Arkansas reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In Arkansas

Rank City CheapScore Population Services Groceries Health Care
1 Helena-West Helena 11.42 12,227 93 91 85
2 Forrest City 12.75 15,245 93 91 85
3 Newport 13.0 7,848 93 92 86
4 Osceola 13.33 7,726 93 91 85
5 Pocahontas 13.67 6,617 93 92 86
6 Trumann 14.08 7,218 93 92 86
7 Wynne 14.42 8,372 93 91 85
8 West Memphis 14.83 26,133 93 91 85
9 Blytheville 15.17 15,614 93 92 86
10 Paragould 17.0 26,222 93 92 86
11 Batesville 17.25 10,252 93 92 86
12 Marion 18.75 12,166 93 91 85
13 Jonesboro 19.83 67,550 93 92 86
14 Hope 22.92 10,085 114 92 86
15 De Queen 23.33 6,557 114 92 86
16 Magnolia 26.33 11,707 114 92 86
17 Clarksville 26.58 9,170 93 92 90
18 Berryville 27.08 5,321 93 92 90
19 Harrison 27.08 13,026 93 92 90
20 Texarkana 27.17 29,972 114 92 86
21 Van Buren 28.25 22,722 93 92 90
22 Fort Smith 28.58 86,382 93 92 90
23 Alma 28.58 5,384 93 92 90
24 Siloam Springs 29.08 15,103 93 92 90
25 Greenwood 29.83 8,940 93 92 90
26 Warren 30.0 5,997 99 98 91
27 Springdale 30.67 70,087 93 92 90
28 Crossett 31.08 5,493 99 98 91
29 Lowell 31.17 7,377 93 92 90
30 El Dorado 31.33 18,882 99 98 91
31 Centerton 31.92 9,395 93 92 90
32 Rogers 32.42 56,208 93 92 90
33 Monticello 32.58 9,599 99 98 91
34 Bentonville 32.67 35,635 93 92 90
35 Farmington 32.83 5,974 93 92 90
36 Fayetteville 33.0 74,191 93 92 90
37 Bella Vista 33.17 26,267 93 92 90
38 Pine Bluff 35.17 48,704 98 95 85
39 Morrilton 36.0 6,753 98 95 85
40 Stuttgart 36.33 9,313 98 95 85
41 Beebe 38.0 7,347 98 95 85
42 Camden 38.92 12,066 98 98 92
43 Jacksonville 39.17 28,551 98 95 85
44 Mountain Home 39.67 12,371 99 100 94
45 Searcy 39.83 22,873 98 95 85
46 Heber Springs 39.83 7,131 98 95 85
47 Mena 39.83 5,735 98 98 92
48 Malvern 39.83 10,468 98 98 92
49 North Little Rock 40.08 62,817 98 95 85
50 Benton 40.67 30,736 98 95 85
51 White Hall 40.67 5,434 98 95 85
52 Cabot 41.17 23,670 98 95 85
53 Sherwood 41.42 29,406 98 95 85
54 Conway 41.67 59,664 98 95 85
55 Bryant 41.92 17,172 98 95 85
56 Little Rock 42.17 193,691 98 95 85
57 Maumelle 43.08 16,965 98 95 85
58 Arkadelphia 43.5 10,779 98 98 92
59 Russellville 43.83 28,068 98 98 92
60 Hot Springs 44.08 35,459 98 98 92

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