Dunlap 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.
IndexDunlapTennesseeNational
Cost of living index8990100
IndexDunlapTennesseeNational
Goods & Services index9697100
Groceries index9393100
Health care index10690100
Housing index7280100
Transportation index9090100
Utilities index10092100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Dunlap, TN is displayed above. In Dunlap, TN, the overall cost of living index is 89, which is 2% lower than the Tennessee average and 11% lower than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Dunlap, TN, the city's goods and services are 1% lower than the Tennessee average and 4% lower than the U.S. average.

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  • The cost of living in Dunlap is 2% lower than the Tennessee average.
  • The cost of living in Dunlap is 11% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Dunlap is 28% 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

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
Owners$45,087$3,757$1,052$1,353
Renters$21,227$1,769$495$637
If you want to find a good determining factor for the cost of living and the general affordability of housing in Dunlap, TN, all you must look at is the percentage of monthly income that should be spent on housing expenses, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). Generally speaking, no more than 28 percent of your total gross income should be spent on your housing expenses and not more than 36 percent of your gross income on total expenses, including debts. In Dunlap, TN, the median monthly income is $45,087 for those who own their own homes. Under the standard rule, that income level would allow for $1,052 to be budgeted for housing expenses each month, at the most. Renters, on the other hand, earn about $21,227, per the median income in the area. That would allow for renters to spend up to $495 on monthly rental expenses.

Tennessee Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Tennessee7%9.75%

Tennessee Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Tennessee0%0%
The Tennessee sales tax and Tennessee income tax rates should definitely be considered when determining the overall cost of living in Dunlap, TN. Sales taxes are taxes that are imposed onto goods and services sold. Sales taxes do vary by state and can range from no tax at all to upwards of 7%. The Tennessee sales tax is 7% and the maximum surtax is 9.75%. Income tax is the tax imposed on income by the government. The income tax rates will vary by state and will also increase or decrease depending on the corresponding tax bracket. State income tax rates can range from anywhere from no tax at all to more than 9%. The Tennessee income tax rates range from 0% to 0%.

Goods & Services

ItemDunlapNational avg.Difference
Haircut $14.07$15.569.6%
Beauty Salon $48.33$36.1133.9%
Toothpaste $2.54$2.472.6%
Shampoo $0.88$0.969.2%
Movie $10.98$10.138.5%
Bowling $4.99$4.745.4%

Groceries

ItemDunlapNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.94$3.981.1%
Fried Chicken $1.09$1.4122.8%
Milk $1.99$2.063.6%
Potatoes $3.13$2.984.8%
Pizza $8.99$9.475.1%
Beer $8.64$8.791.7%

Health Care

ItemDunlapNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $97.79$101.043.2%
Doctor $127.67$107.4418.8%
Dentist $90.33$90.420.1%
Ibuprofen $8.81$9.285.0%
Lipitor $459.47$426.507.7%

Housing

ItemDunlapNational avg.Difference
Home Price $131,900.00$175,700.0024.9%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,094.28$1,133.233.4%
Apartment Rent $603.00$920.0034.5%

Transportation

ItemDunlapNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.72$1.9913.8%
Tire Balancing $45.60$45.760.4%

Utilities

ItemDunlapNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$148.10$163.819.6%
Phone $32.00$28.3912.7%
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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City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Gruetli-Laager, TN1,64681-19%
Palmer, TN73882-18%
Whitwell, TN2,13982-18%
Powells Crossroads, TN1,64586-14%
Soddy-Daisy, TN13,10989-11%
Dunlap, TN4,95389-11%

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