These Are The 10 Most Expensive Cities In Arkansas


We used science and data to determine which cities in Arkansas that will put a big dent in your wallet.

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Everyone wants a home that mixes affordability with comfort and Arkansas does this very well. Families love the Natural State’s beaches, midlands, and mountains as tourists before moving here and calling it home.

But before you decide to relocate, you have to do some research into the exact cost of living around the state — and that’s how we’re going to help you.

These are the places in Arkansas that cost a pretty penny — the most expensive cities in the state. After we saved up for months and could finally afford it, we landed on this list of the ten most expensive cities in Arkansas:

  1. Maumelle (Photos)
  2. Bella Vista (Photos)
  3. Fayetteville (Photos)
  4. Little Rock (Photos)
  5. Bryant (Photos)
  6. Farmington (Photos)
  7. Conway (Photos)
  8. Bentonville (Photos)
  9. Sherwood (Photos)
  10. Rogers (Photos)

If you’re wondering, Newport is the most affordable city in Arkansas.

Read on to see why these places cost so much more than average. Or check out the most affordable places in Arkansas.

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How We Determined The Most Expensive Cities 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 most expensive.

For reference, the United State averages a cost of living 100. A score below 100 means that the city has a below average cost of living while a score over 100 has a high cost of living for that category.

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.

The city with the highest cost of living index, Maumelle, rank as being the most expensive.

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1. Maumelle

Maumelle, Arkansas

Source: Flickr

Population: 17,565
Services Index: 98
Groceries Index: 95
Housing Index: 110
Healthcare Index: 85
Transportation Index: 98
Utilities Index: 109

2. Bella Vista

Bella Vista, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,273
Services Index: 93
Groceries Index: 92
Housing Index: 96
Healthcare Index: 90
Transportation Index: 91
Utilities Index: 103

3. Fayetteville

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 77,264
Services Index: 93
Groceries Index: 92
Housing Index: 91
Healthcare Index: 90
Transportation Index: 91
Utilities Index: 103

4. Little Rock

Little Rock, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 196,188
Services Index: 98
Groceries Index: 95
Housing Index: 84
Healthcare Index: 85
Transportation Index: 98
Utilities Index: 109

5. Bryant

Bryant, Arkansas

Source: Flickr

Population: 18,497
Services Index: 98
Groceries Index: 95
Housing Index: 83
Healthcare Index: 85
Transportation Index: 98
Utilities Index: 109

6. Farmington

Farmington, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,208
Services Index: 93
Groceries Index: 92
Housing Index: 89
Healthcare Index: 90
Transportation Index: 91
Utilities Index: 103

7. Conway

Conway, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 62,455
Services Index: 98
Groceries Index: 95
Housing Index: 82
Healthcare Index: 85
Transportation Index: 98
Utilities Index: 109

8. Bentonville

Bentonville, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 38,572
Services Index: 93
Groceries Index: 92
Housing Index: 88
Healthcare Index: 90
Transportation Index: 91
Utilities Index: 103

9. Sherwood

Sherwood, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,061
Services Index: 98
Groceries Index: 95
Housing Index: 81
Healthcare Index: 85
Transportation Index: 98
Utilities Index: 109

10. Rogers

Rogers, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 58,944
Services Index: 93
Groceries Index: 92
Housing Index: 84
Healthcare Index: 90
Transportation Index: 91
Utilities Index: 103

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck

Well there you have it, the places in Arkansas that have the highest cost of living, with Maumelle ranking as the most exensive city in the Natural State.

If you’re curious, here are the most least expensive cities in Arkansas:

  1. Newport
  2. Helena-West Helena
  3. Pocahontas

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Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Arkansas

City Rank Population Services Groceries Healthcare Housing Transportation Utilities
Maumelle 1 17,565 98 95 85 110 98 109
Bella Vista 2 27,273 93 92 90 96 91 103
Fayetteville 3 77,264 93 92 90 91 91 103
Little Rock 4 196,188 98 95 85 84 98 109
Bryant 5 18,497 98 95 85 83 98 109
Farmington 6 6,208 93 92 90 89 91 103
Conway 7 62,455 98 95 85 82 98 109
Bentonville 8 38,572 93 92 90 88 91 103
Sherwood 9 30,061 98 95 85 81 98 109
Rogers 10 58,944 93 92 90 84 91 103
Cabot 11 24,768 98 95 85 80 98 109
Centerton 12 10,278 93 92 90 82 91 103
White Hall 13 5,392 98 95 85 78 98 109
Benton 14 32,208 98 95 85 78 98 109
Lowell 15 7,756 93 92 90 79 91 103
North Little Rock 16 64,731 98 95 85 72 98 109
Hot Springs 17 35,486 98 98 92 68 91 105
Russellville 18 28,581 98 98 92 67 91 105
Heber Springs 19 7,177 98 95 85 71 98 109
Springdale 20 73,789 93 92 90 75 91 103
Searcy 21 23,524 98 95 85 71 98 109
Arkadelphia 22 10,703 98 98 92 66 91 105
Marion 23 12,354 93 91 85 80 89 97
Jacksonville 24 28,728 98 95 85 67 98 109
Mountain Home 25 12,338 99 100 94 65 83 103
Greenwood 26 9,222 93 92 90 69 91 103
Siloam Springs 27 15,614 93 92 90 66 91 103
Beebe 28 7,688 98 95 85 63 98 109
Jonesboro 29 70,217 93 92 86 73 87 92
Alma 30 5,514 93 92 90 64 91 103
Fort Smith 31 87,193 93 92 90 64 91 103
Van Buren 32 22,955 93 92 90 63 91 103
Stuttgart 33 9,269 98 95 85 54 98 109
Texarkana 34 30,015 114 92 86 61 89 96
Morrilton 35 6,764 98 95 85 53 98 109
Malvern 36 10,695 98 98 92 49 91 105
Mena 37 5,701 98 98 92 49 91 105
Harrison 38 13,103 93 92 90 55 91 103
Berryville 39 5,329 93 92 90 55 91 103
Clarksville 40 9,286 93 92 90 54 91 103
Magnolia 41 11,681 114 92 86 55 89 96
Monticello 42 9,718 99 98 91 53 89 82
Camden 43 11,861 98 98 92 45 91 105
Pine Bluff 44 47,058 98 95 85 49 98 109
Batesville 45 10,386 93 92 86 61 87 92
West Memphis 46 25,767 93 91 85 57 89 97
Paragould 47 26,859 93 92 86 59 87 92
Wynne 48 8,296 93 91 85 55 89 97
El Dorado 49 18,590 99 98 91 48 89 82
Crossett 50 5,389 99 98 91 46 89 82
Osceola 51 7,535 93 91 85 52 89 97
Blytheville 52 15,251 93 92 86 50 87 92
Forrest City 53 15,122 93 91 85 49 89 97
De Queen 54 6,671 114 92 86 43 89 96
Warren 55 5,918 99 98 91 42 89 82
Hope 56 10,033 114 92 86 42 89 96
Trumann 57 7,222 93 92 86 46 87 92
Pocahontas 58 6,543 93 92 86 44 87 92
Helena-West Helena 59 11,795 93 91 85 43 89 97
Newport 60 7,817 93 92 86 42 87 92

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