Cost of Living in Arkansas

The cost of living in Arkansas is 8% lower than the national average
Cost of Living in Arkansas Compared to National Average
Housing (Buy and Rent) 22% lower
Utilities (Monthly) 6% lower
Food 4% lower
Healthcare 11% lower
Transportation 7% lower
Goods & Services 1% higher
Summary

The cost of living in Arkansas is 8% lower than the national average. Housing is 22% lower than the national average, while utilities are 6% lower. When it comes to basic necessities such as food and clothing, groceries are around 1% higher than in the rest of the country, while clothing costs 1% higher.

Healthcare services such as doctor check-ups and dentistry cost 11% lower in Arkansas compared to the national average. At the same time, non-necessary expenses such as entertainment and grooming services are 1% higher.

The Cost of Living in Arkansas Largest Cities Compared to the National Average

This is how much pricier or cheaper it is to live in Arkansas’s 8 largest cities compared to the national average.
The cost of living in Arkansas varies depending on the city you live in. The priciest city in Arkansas is Paragould, where the cost of living is 14% higher compared to the state average and 4% higher than in the rest of the U.S. The cheapest major city in Arkansas is Conway, with a cost of living 10% lower below the state average and 17% lower than the national average.
City, State Compared to State Average Compared to National Average
Paragould, AR 14% higher 4% higher
Little Rock, AR 3% higher 5% lower
Fayetteville, AR 1% higher 7% lower
Bentonville, AR 1% higher 7% lower
Hot Springs, AR 1% lower 9% lower
Hot Springs Village, AR 1% lower 9% lower
Jonesboro, AR 8% lower 16% lower
Conway, AR 10% lower 17% lower
What is a cost of living calculator?

The cost of living calculator tells you how much money you need to maintain your current standard of living in a different city. The cost of living comparison is based on your income and the price of basic necessities such as housing, transportation or food in the two cities you selected. Use the calculator to find out what income you will need in a new city and how much more or less you’ll need to budget for basic expenses.

Where does the data come from?

Consumer goods, services and home prices are sourced from The Cost of Living Index published by the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER).
The data on this page is updated bi-annually and it was last published in March 2024.

Average rent data is our in-house proprietary data from Yardi Matrix, where available. For the remaining locations, C2ER rent data was used. Yardi Matrix is a business development and asset management tool for brokers, sponsors, banks and equity sources underwriting investments in the multifamily, office, industrial and self-storage sectors, a division of Yardi Systems, Inc.

Household income data is sourced from the U.S. Census Bureau’s most recent estimates.