Brownsville cost of living index

In the event that the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used. Each cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. If the amount is below 100, it is lower than the national average. If the amount is above 100, it is higher than the national average.
Cost of living index8390100
Goods & Services index10797100
Groceries index7993100
Health care index9290100
Housing index5780100
Transportation index9190100
Utilities index7692100
A general summary of the cost of living index in Brownsville, TN is shown above. Compared to the state average of Tennessee the cost of living index in Brownsville, TN is 83, which is 8% lower than the average in Tennessee and compared to the national average it is 17% lower than. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Brownsville, TN goods and services come in at 10% higher than the average in Tennessee and are 7% higher than compared to the nationwide average.

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  • The cost of living in Brownsville is 8% lower than the Tennessee average.
  • The cost of living in Brownsville is 17% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Brownsville is 43% lower than the national average.
  • Tennessee general sales tax is 37% higher than the national average.
  • Tennessee state income tax is 100% lower than the national average.

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Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

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One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Brownsville, TN by the percentage of a person’s income that he or she spends on the monthly housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). To stay on the safe side and keep one’s head above the water, a consumer should never spend more than 28 percent of his or her gross income on housing-related expenses and costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses and debts. Homeowners in Brownsville, TN have a median income of $37,366. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $872 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $21,642, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $505.

Tennessee Sales Tax

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Tennessee Income Tax

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When assessing the complete cost of living in Brownsville, TN, the Tennessee income tax and the Tennessee sales tax percentages should unquestionably be taken into consideration. Sales taxes aren't just levies imposed onto sold goods, but they also include taxes that are charged when services are provided for a fee. The rates are different from state to state and can run has high as 7 percent. Some states have no sales tax at all. The Tennessee maximum surtax is 9.75%, and the Tennessee sales tax is 7%. By contrast, income tax is an unfortunate obligation that is charged by the government against earnings. Just like sales taxes, the rates for income taxes differ from state to state. They also decrease or increase according to the individual's tax bracket. Tax rates can run as high as 9 percent, with a minimum of zero. Income tax rates range from 0% to 0% in Tennessee.

Goods & Services

ItemBrownsvilleNational avg.Difference
Haircut $13.08$15.5615.9%
Beauty Salon $33.80$36.116.4%
Toothpaste $1.25$2.4749.4%
Shampoo $1.00$0.963.6%
Movie $10.00$10.131.3%
Bowling $7.50$4.7458.4%


ItemBrownsvilleNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $2.88$3.9827.6%
Fried Chicken $1.14$1.4119.2%
Milk $1.75$2.0615.2%
Potatoes $2.43$2.9818.4%
Pizza $9.19$9.473.0%
Beer $10.28$8.7916.9%

Health Care

ItemBrownsvilleNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $106.29$101.045.2%
Doctor $119.31$107.4411.0%
Dentist $69.43$90.4223.2%
Ibuprofen $6.33$9.2831.8%
Lipitor $426.43$426.500.0%


ItemBrownsvilleNational avg.Difference
Home Price $92,200.00$175,700.0047.5%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $838.36$1,133.2326.0%
Apartment Rent $613.00$920.0033.4%


ItemBrownsvilleNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.81$1.999.1%
Tire Balancing $42.09$45.768.0%


ItemBrownsvilleNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$151.62$163.817.4%
Phone $15.32$28.3946.0%
Although the cost of living data is updated regularly, this cost of living information is to be used as estimates only as prices can change on an ongoing basis.

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Source: The Brownsville, TN cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.