These Are The 10 Most Expensive Places In Arkansas To Raise A Family

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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There are some parts of the country where your dollar goes further. For example, a steak dinner in Little Rock costs less than a steak dinner in San Francisco.

And the cost of living can have a big impact on how far your hard earned salary stretches for you and your family. So if you have a choice in where you can live for your job, the cost of living can play a big part.

That’s where Zippia comes in; to show you the places in Arkansas that would eat up a big part of your paycheck on expenses — the San Franciscos of the world if you will. Where housing is expensive and day care will put you back a pretty penny.

These are the cities in Arkansas where the cost of living is actually higher than the national average because, for the most part, Arkansas isn’t all that expensive.

After we crunched all the numbers, we were left with this set of the most expensive places to raise a family in the Natural State:

  1. Hot Springs Village
  2. Maumelle
  3. Bella Vista
  4. Little Rock
  5. Fayetteville
  6. Bryant
  7. Farmington
  8. Conway
  9. Bentonville
  10. Sherwood

Read on to see how we determined the places that try to keep up with the Joneses a little too much.

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How we determined the least 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 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. And lucky for us, AreaVibes has such an index for us.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank the largest 62 places in Arkansas.

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 120 means it’s 20% more 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. Hot Springs Village

Hot Springs Village - Expensive Arkansas

Source: Google Maps

Population: 13,251 Housing Index: 112
Groceries Index: 98
Healthcare Index: 92

2. Maumelle

Maumelle, Arkansas

Source: Flickr

Population: 16,965Housing Index: 110
Groceries Index: 95
Healthcare Index: 85

3. Bella Vista

Bella Vista, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 26,267Housing Index: 96
Groceries Index: 92
Healthcare Index: 90

4. Little Rock

Little Rock, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 193,691Housing Index: 84
Groceries Index: 95
Healthcare Index: 85

5. Fayetteville

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 74,191Housing Index: 91
Groceries Index: 92
Healthcare Index: 90

6. Bryant

Bryant, Arkansas

Source: Flickr

Population: 17,172Housing Index: 83
Groceries Index: 95
Healthcare Index: 85

7. Farmington

Farmington, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,974Housing Index: 89
Groceries Index: 92
Healthcare Index: 90

8. Conway

Conway, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 59,664Housing Index: 82
Groceries Index: 95
Healthcare Index: 85

9. Bentonville

Bentonville, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 35,635Housing Index: 88
Groceries Index: 92
Healthcare Index: 90

10. Sherwood

Sherwood, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 29,406Housing Index: 81
Groceries Index: 95
Healthcare Index: 85

Detailed List Of Expensive Places In Arkansas

City Rank Population Housing Index Groceries Index Healthcare Index
hot springs village 1 13,251 112 98 92
maumelle 2 16,965 110 95 85
bella vista 3 26,267 96 92 90
little rock 4 193,691 84 95 85
fayetteville 5 74,191 91 92 90
bryant 6 17,172 83 95 85
farmington 7 5,974 89 92 90
conway 8 59,664 82 95 85
bentonville 9 35,635 88 92 90
sherwood 10 29,406 81 95 85
rogers 11 56,208 84 92 90
cabot 12 23,670 80 95 85
centerton 13 9,395 82 92 90
benton 14 30,736 78 95 85
white hall 15 5,434 78 95 85
east end 16 6,110 73 95 85
lowell 17 7,377 79 92 90
north little rock 18 62,817 72 95 85
hot springs 19 35,459 68 98 92
searcy 20 22,873 71 95 85
heber springs 21 7,131 71 95 85
russellville 22 28,068 67 98 92
springdale 23 70,087 75 92 90
arkadelphia 24 10,779 66 98 92
marion 25 12,166 80 91 85
jacksonville 26 28,551 67 95 85
mountain home 27 12,371 65 100 94
greenwood 28 8,940 69 92 90
beebe 29 7,347 63 95 85
siloam springs 30 15,103 66 92 90
jonesboro 31 67,550 73 92 86
fort smith 32 86,382 64 92 90
alma 33 5,384 64 92 90
van buren 34 22,722 63 92 90
stuttgart 35 9,313 54 95 85
texarkana 36 29,972 61 92 86
morrilton 37 6,753 53 95 85
malvern 38 10,468 49 98 92
mena 39 5,735 49 98 92
harrison 40 13,026 55 92 90
berryville 41 5,321 55 92 90
clarksville 42 9,170 54 92 90
magnolia 43 11,707 55 92 86
pine bluff 44 48,704 49 95 85
camden 45 12,066 45 98 92
monticello 46 9,599 53 98 91
batesville 47 10,252 61 92 86
west memphis 48 26,133 57 91 85
paragould 49 26,222 59 92 86
wynne 50 8,372 55 91 85
el dorado 51 18,882 48 98 91
crossett 52 5,493 46 98 91
osceola 53 7,726 52 91 85
forrest city 54 15,245 49 91 85
blytheville 55 15,614 50 92 86
de queen 56 6,557 43 92 86
warren 57 5,997 42 98 91
hope 58 10,085 42 92 86
trumann 59 7,218 46 92 86
helena-west helena 60 12,227 43 91 85
pocahontas 61 6,617 44 92 86
newport 62 7,848 42 92 86