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)
  2. Forrest City (Photos)
  3. Newport (Photos)
  4. Osceola (Photos)
  5. Pocahontas (Photos)
  6. Trumann (Photos)
  7. Wynne (Photos)
  8. West Memphis (Photos)
  9. Blytheville (Photos)
  10. Paragould (Photos)

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 the best places to live in Arkansas or the most expensive.

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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:

  • 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.

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1. Helena-West Helena

Helena-West Helena, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,227
Services: 93
Groceries: 91
Health Care: 85
Housing: 43
Transportation: 89
Utilities: 97
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.

2. Forrest City

Forrest City, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,245
Services: 93
Groceries: 91
Health Care: 85
Housing: 49
Transportation: 89
Utilities: 97
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’.

3. Newport

Newport, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,848
Services: 93
Groceries: 92
Health Care: 86
Housing: 42
Transportation: 87
Utilities: 92

4. Osceola

Osceola, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,726
Services: 93
Groceries: 91
Health Care: 85
Housing: 52
Transportation: 89
Utilities: 97
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.

5. Pocahontas

Pocahontas, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,617
Services: 93
Groceries: 92
Health Care: 86
Housing: 44
Transportation: 87
Utilities: 92
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.

6. Trumann

Trumann, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,218
Services: 93
Groceries: 92
Health Care: 86
Housing: 46
Transportation: 87
Utilities: 92
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.

7. Wynne

Wynne, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,372
Services: 93
Groceries: 91
Health Care: 85
Housing: 55
Transportation: 89
Utilities: 97

8. West Memphis

West Memphis, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 26,133
Services: 93
Groceries: 91
Health Care: 85
Housing: 57
Transportation: 89
Utilities: 97
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.

9. Blytheville

Blytheville, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,614
Services: 93
Groceries: 92
Health Care: 86
Housing: 50
Transportation: 87
Utilities: 92
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.

10. Paragould

Paragould, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 26,222
Services: 93
Groceries: 92
Health Care: 86
Housing: 59
Transportation: 87
Utilities: 92
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. 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.

Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In Arkansas

City Rank Population Services Groceries Health Care
Helena-West Helena 1 12,227 93 91 85
Forrest City 2 15,245 93 91 85
Newport 3 7,848 93 92 86
Osceola 4 7,726 93 91 85
Pocahontas 5 6,617 93 92 86
Trumann 6 7,218 93 92 86
Wynne 7 8,372 93 91 85
West Memphis 8 26,133 93 91 85
Blytheville 9 15,614 93 92 86
Paragould 10 26,222 93 92 86
Batesville 11 10,252 93 92 86
Marion 12 12,166 93 91 85
Jonesboro 13 67,550 93 92 86
Hope 14 10,085 114 92 86
De Queen 15 6,557 114 92 86
Magnolia 16 11,707 114 92 86
Clarksville 17 9,170 93 92 90
Berryville 18 5,321 93 92 90
Harrison 19 13,026 93 92 90
Texarkana 20 29,972 114 92 86
Van Buren 21 22,722 93 92 90
Fort Smith 22 86,382 93 92 90
Alma 23 5,384 93 92 90
Siloam Springs 24 15,103 93 92 90
Greenwood 25 8,940 93 92 90
Warren 26 5,997 99 98 91
Springdale 27 70,087 93 92 90
Crossett 28 5,493 99 98 91
Lowell 29 7,377 93 92 90
El Dorado 30 18,882 99 98 91
Centerton 31 9,395 93 92 90
Rogers 32 56,208 93 92 90
Monticello 33 9,599 99 98 91
Bentonville 34 35,635 93 92 90
Farmington 35 5,974 93 92 90
Fayetteville 36 74,191 93 92 90
Bella Vista 37 26,267 93 92 90
Pine Bluff 38 48,704 98 95 85
Morrilton 39 6,753 98 95 85
Stuttgart 40 9,313 98 95 85
Beebe 41 7,347 98 95 85
Camden 42 12,066 98 98 92
Jacksonville 43 28,551 98 95 85
Mountain Home 44 12,371 99 100 94
Searcy 45 22,873 98 95 85
Heber Springs 46 7,131 98 95 85
Mena 47 5,735 98 98 92
Malvern 48 10,468 98 98 92
North Little Rock 49 62,817 98 95 85
Benton 50 30,736 98 95 85
White Hall 51 5,434 98 95 85
Cabot 52 23,670 98 95 85
Sherwood 53 29,406 98 95 85
Conway 54 59,664 98 95 85
Bryant 55 17,172 98 95 85
Little Rock 56 193,691 98 95 85
Maumelle 57 16,965 98 95 85
Arkadelphia 58 10,779 98 98 92
Russellville 59 28,068 98 98 92
Hot Springs 60 35,459 98 98 92

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