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Top counties were weighed based on local purchasing power, income growth, and unemployment rate. Additional details on the study, including methodology and an interactive map, can be found here: https://smartasset.com/taxes/arkansas-paycheck-calculator#arkansas/overall

 

Who doesn’t love payday? The influx of cash makes people ecstatic, but the happiness can be interrupted by the reality of having to pay off debt, rent and bills. As quickly as bank account balances go up, they go down just as fast, if not seemingly faster. Fear not though, there are places that are friendlier to your paycheck  than others.

 

SmartAsset, a financial technology company, set out to find the most paycheck friendly places in Arkansas, and Saline County made the list:

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Rank

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

County

Benton, AR

Saline, AR

Faulkner, AR

Franklin, AR

Lonoke, AR

Little River, AR

Randolph, AR

Cleveland, AR

Howard, AR

Hot Spring, AR

Semi-Monthly Paycheck

$1,591

$1,591

$1,591

$1,591

$1,591

$1,591

$1,591

$1,591

$1,591

$1,591

Purchasing Power

1.95x

1.88x

1.73x

1.44x

1.78x

1.44x

1.33x

1.49x

1.39x

1.46x

Unemployment Rate

3.1%

3.3%

4.1%

4.4%

3.6%

4.5%

5.2%

4.8%

3.4%

4.2%

Income Growth

2.3%

1.7%

2.8%

5.2%

1.0%

3.7%

5.1%

3.5%

2.8%

2.8%

Paycheck Friendliness Index

43.58

42.10

40.98

40.87

39.93

39.06

38.93

38.83

38.64

38.39

Additional details on the study, including our methodology and interactive map, can be found here: https://smartasset.com/mortgage/mortgage-calculator?year=2017#Arkansas

 

Financial technology company SmartAsset released the rankings from its third annual Healthiest Housing Markets Study  and Benton made the list. The study measures market health by the average number of years residents spend in homes, home values, ease of sale, and the costs associated with ownership.

 

For a look at how Benton compares with the Arkansas leaders, check the table below:

Rank

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

City

 

Bryant, AR

Fayetteville, AR

Benton, AR

Conway, AR

Paragould, AR

Van Buren, AR

Greenbrier, AR

Greenwood, AR

Hot Springs Village, AR

Hot Springs, AR

Average Years Living in Home

12.2

9.0

13.0

9.8

12.5

12.9

11.5

11.6

12.9

11.8

Avg. Homes with Negative Equity

7.8%

12.7%

8.7%

8.4%

10.1%

9.9%

12.7%

12.8%

8.9%

10.9%

Homes Decreasing in Value

10.6%

4.8%

12.8%

12.4%

12.4%

11.0%

15.7%

19.3%

22.4%

23.3%

Avg. Days on Market

107.8

70.9

131.5

100.6

171.7

175.2

230.6

299.8

368.6

315.7

Home Costs as % of Income

17.8%

18.1%

18.7%

18.8%

18.3%

20.7%

20.1%

17.9%

18.9%

21.7%

Healthiest Markets Index

81.81

79.80

76.56

75.20

73.08

67.43

58.65

57.24

50.95

44.98

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Planning where you’ll spend your retirement can be difficult, especially for folks who will be relying heavily on Social Security as a main source of income. There are, however, places where Social Security goes further than others and in a new study, SmartAsset has delved in the numbers to find out where. In its third annual study, SmartAsset analyzed Social Security income, cost of living data, and taxes across all counties to determine where people are getting the most mileage out of Social Security, and Saline County ranked among the top spots in Arkansas.

 

For a look at how the leaders in Arkansas compared, check out the table below:

The full study results, methodology, and interactive map can be found here:

https://smartasset.com/retirement/social-security-calculator#Arkansas