These Are The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In Arkansas For 2018


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 for 2018:

  1. Hot Springs (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Russellville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Arkadelphia (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Maumelle (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Little Rock (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Bryant (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Conway (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Sherwood (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Cabot (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. White Hall (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So hopefully Helena-West Helena (the cheapest place to live in Arkansas) can show these guys how to live on a budget in the coming years. Read on for how these places had costs rise faster than inflation.

And if you already knew these places were expensive, check out the best places to live in Arkansas or the cheapest.

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How We Determined The Most Expensive 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 most 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.

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. Hot Springs

Hot Springs, Arkansas

Population: 35,459
Services: 98
Groceries: 98
Health Care: 92
Housing: 68
Transportation: 91
Utilities: 105
More on Hot Springs: Homes For Sale | Data
Hot Springs is the eleventh-largest city in the state of Arkansas and the county seat of Garland County. The city is located in the Ouachita Mountains among the U.S. Interior Highlands, and is set among several natural hot springs for which the city is named. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city had a population of 35,193. In 2015 the estimated population was 35,635.

2. Russellville

Russellville, Arkansas

Population: 28,068
Services: 98
Groceries: 98
Health Care: 92
Housing: 67
Transportation: 91
Utilities: 105
More on Russellville: Homes For Sale | Data
Russellville is the county seat and largest city in Pope County, Arkansas, United States, with a population of 27,920, according to the 2010 Census. It is home to Arkansas Tech University and Arkansas Nuclear One, Arkansas’ only nuclear power plant. Russellville borders Lake Dardanelle and the Arkansas River.

3. Arkadelphia

Arkadelphia, Arkansas

Population: 10,779
Services: 98
Groceries: 98
Health Care: 92
Housing: 66
Transportation: 91
Utilities: 105
More on Arkadelphia: Homes For Sale | Data
Arkadelphia is a city in Clark County, Arkansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 10,714. The city is the county seat of Clark County. It is situated at the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains. Two universities, Henderson State University and Ouachita Baptist University, are located there. Arkadelphia was incorporated in 1857.

4. Maumelle

Maumelle, Arkansas

Population: 16,965
Services: 98
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 85
Housing: 110
Transportation: 98
Utilities: 109
More on Maumelle: Homes For Sale | Data
Maumelle is an affluent city in Pulaski County, Arkansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 17,163. The city is located northwest of Little Rock, bordering the opposite shore of the Arkansas River and is part of the Little Rock metropolitan area.

5. Little Rock

Little Rock, Arkansas

Population: 193,691
Services: 98
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 85
Housing: 84
Transportation: 98
Utilities: 109
More on Little Rock: Homes For Sale | Data
Little Rock is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Arkansas. It is also the county seat of Pulaski County. It was incorporated on November 7, 1831, on the south bank of the Arkansas River close to the state’s geographic center. The city derives its name from a rock formation along the river, named ‘la petite roche’ by the French explorer Jean-Baptiste Bénard de la Harpe in the 1720s. The capital of the Arkansas Territory was moved to Little Rock from Arkansas Post in 1821. The city’s population was 193,524 at the 2010 census. The six county Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) is ranked 75th in terms of population in the United States with 724,385 residents according to the 2013 estimate by the United States Census Bureau.

6. Bryant

Bryant, Arkansas

Population: 17,172
Services: 98
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 85
Housing: 83
Transportation: 98
Utilities: 109
More on Bryant: Homes For Sale | Data

7. Conway

Conway, Arkansas

Population: 59,664
Services: 98
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 85
Housing: 82
Transportation: 98
Utilities: 109
More on Conway: Homes For Sale | Data
Conway is a city in the American state of Arkansas and the county seat of Faulkner County, located in the state’s most populous Metropolitan Statistical Area, Central Arkansas. Although sometimes considered a suburb of Little Rock, Conway is unique in that the majority of its residents do not commute out of the city to work. The city also serves as a regional shopping, educational, work, healthcare, sports, and cultural hub for Faulkner County and surrounding areas. Conway’s growth can be attributed to its jobs in technology and higher education with its largest employers being Acxiom, the University of Central Arkansas, Hewlett Packard, Hendrix College, Insight Enterprises, and many technology start up companies. Conway is home to three post-secondary educational institutions, earning it the nickname ‘The City of Colleges’.

8. Sherwood

Sherwood, Arkansas

Population: 29,406
Services: 98
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 85
Housing: 81
Transportation: 98
Utilities: 109
More on Sherwood: Homes For Sale | Data
Sherwood is a city in Pulaski County, Arkansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city was 29,523. It is part of the Little RockNorth Little RockConway Metropolitan Statistical Area with 699,757 people according to the 2010 census.

9. Cabot

Cabot, Arkansas

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Population: 23,670
Services: 98
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 85
Housing: 80
Transportation: 98
Utilities: 109
More on Cabot: Homes For Sale | Data

10. White Hall

White Hall, Arkansas

Population: 5,434
Services: 98
Groceries: 95
Health Care: 85
Housing: 78
Transportation: 98
Utilities: 109
More on White Hall: Homes For Sale | Data

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck

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

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

  1. Helena-West Helena
  2. Forrest City
  3. Newport

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Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Arkansas

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

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