Cost of Living in Cherry Valley, Arkansas

Cost of Living in Cherry Valley, Arkansas

Cherry Valley is a city in Cross County, Arkansas, with a population of 789. The total cost of housing, food, child care, transportation, health care, taxes, and other necessities for a single adult in Cherry Valley is $32,623 a year — about the same as the annual cost of living for Arkansas of $32,443 yet less than the national figure of $38,433.

Using cost of living data from the nonprofift think tank Economic Policy Institute, 24/7 Wall St. estimated the cost of living in Cherry Valley and over 29,000 other cities and towns in the US.

Housing Costs in Cherry Valley, Arkansas

Housing is one of the largest components of cost of living. In Cherry Valley, the median home value is $60,600, less than the national median home value of $204,900.

Renting is a sometimes lower cost alternative to homeownership. In Cherry Valley, some 36.20% of occupied homes are rented, about the same as the 36.2% national renter rate. The typical renter in Cherry Valley spends $633 a month on housing, about the same as the $1,023 national median monthly rent.

In addition to home value, one of the largest determinants of housing affordability is area income. While nationwide the price of a typical U.S. home is 3.4 times the $60,293 U.S. median household income, housing affordability ratios range from approximately 1.0 in the least expensive cities to more than 10.0 in the country's most expensive markets. In Cherry Valley, the median household income is $50,096, 1.2 times the median home value.

Transportation Costs in Cherry Valley, Arkansas

Transportation can also be a significant component of cost of living. In Cherry Valley, 94.40% of commuters drive to work, compared to 85.5% of commuters nationwide. An estimated 90.10% of workers commute to jobs outside of Cherry Valley, a larger share than the 43.7% share of commuters nationwide who live and work in different cities. The average commute in Cherry Valley is 25.8 minutes long, compared to the 26.6-minute average commute nationwide. Taking into account the cost of gas, as well as public transit and car maintenance, the EPI estimates that a single person in Cherry Valley spends $10,818 a year on transportation, more than the national average of $9,760.

Health Care Costs in Cherry Valley, Arkansas

Out-of-pocket health care costs and insurance premiums — assuming at least a basic level of health insurance coverage — are far lower than they are on average nationwide in Cherry Valley but in line with what they are across Arkansas as a whole.

For a single adult living in the area, average health care costs come out to $3,601 per year, compared to an average of $3,769 across Arkansas and $4,266 nationwide.

Child care Costs in Cherry Valley, Arkansas

For families with children, child care adds thousands of dollars to overall annual spending. In Cherry Valley, the average annual cost of child care for two children — one 4 year old and one 8 year old — is $8,753, about $2,400 less than the comparable average of $11,139 across all of Arkansas. Meanwhile, across the U.S. as a whole, childcare expenses for two children averages $15,853 per year.

Food Costs in Cherry Valley, Arkansas

Food is another every day expense that has a significant impact on overall cost of living. Data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows that the cost of food varies from city to city and town to town.

In Cherry Valley, a single adult spends an average of $2,870 on food annually, and a family of four spends $8,287 on average. For context, average annual food expenditure across Arkansas and the U.S., respectively, are $2,988 and $3,240 for a single adult, and $8,630 and $9,354 for a family of four. These estimates are calculated for a nutritionally adequate diet of food purchased at a grocery store for at-home preparation.

Taxes in Cherry Valley, Arkansas

Few expenses vary as much from city to city and town to town as taxes. Accounting for state and federal income taxes, as well as Social Security contributions and Medicare payroll taxes, the average adult working in Cherry Valley, Arkansas pays $5,419 annually — closely in line with the statewide average of $5,387.

It is important to note that these calculations do not include other common taxes such as property, sales, and excise taxes. Accounting for these taxes, while excluding taxes levied at the federal level, Cherry Valley residents live in a state with a modest average tax burden. Per capita state tax collections in Arkansas total $3,266 per year, compared to the $3,151 average across all states.

Methodology

To estimate the cost of housing, food, transportation, health care, child care, taxes, and other necessities, 24/7 Wall St. assigned county-level Economic Policy Institute data to cities, towns, villages and Census-designated places based on boundary definitions from the U.S. Census Bureau. For places that span multiple counties, data was aggregated based on the percentage of boundary overlap.


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