These Are The 10 Most Affordable Places In Arkansas


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:

  1. Newport
  2. Helena-West Helena
  3. Pocahontas
  4. Trumann
  5. Hope
  6. De Queen
  7. Warren
  8. Blytheville
  9. Forrest City
  10. Osceola

So listen up Maumelle as we explain how we created this ranking, you could learn some things from the rest of the state.

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How We Determined The Most Affordable Places To Live In The Natural State

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. Newport

Newport, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,848
Services: 93
Groceries: 92
Healthcare: 86
Housing: 42
Transportation: 87
Utiltiies: 92

2. Helena-West Helena

Helena-West Helena, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,227
Services: 93
Groceries: 91
Healthcare: 85
Housing: 43
Transportation: 89
Utiltiies: 97

3. Pocahontas

Pocahontas, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,617
Services: 93
Groceries: 92
Healthcare: 86
Housing: 44
Transportation: 87
Utiltiies: 92

4. Trumann

Trumann, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,218
Services: 93
Groceries: 92
Healthcare: 86
Housing: 46
Transportation: 87
Utiltiies: 92

5. Hope

Hope, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,085
Services: 114
Groceries: 92
Healthcare: 86
Housing: 42
Transportation: 89
Utiltiies: 96

6. De Queen

De Queen, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,557
Services: 114
Groceries: 92
Healthcare: 86
Housing: 43
Transportation: 89
Utiltiies: 96

7. Warren

Warren, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,997
Services: 99
Groceries: 98
Healthcare: 91
Housing: 42
Transportation: 89
Utiltiies: 82

8. Blytheville

Blytheville, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,614
Services: 93
Groceries: 92
Healthcare: 86
Housing: 50
Transportation: 87
Utiltiies: 92

9. Forrest City

Forrest City, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,245
Services: 93
Groceries: 91
Healthcare: 85
Housing: 49
Transportation: 89
Utiltiies: 97

10. Osceola

Osceola, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,726
Services: 93
Groceries: 91
Healthcare: 85
Housing: 52
Transportation: 89
Utiltiies: 97

Detailed List Of Affordable Places In Arkansas

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

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