La Follette 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.
IndexLa FolletteTennesseeNational
Cost of living index7590100
IndexLa FolletteTennesseeNational
Goods & Services index8797100
Groceries index8693100
Health care index9090100
Housing index4680100
Transportation index8290100
Utilities index8892100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the La Follette, TN cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Tennessee and cities across the country, the cost of living index in La Follette, TN is 75, which is 17% lower than the Tennessee average and 25% lower than that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. As seen above, the cost of retail goods and services in La Follette, TN are 10% lower than the average for Tennessee and 13% lower than the rest of the country.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in La Follette is 17% lower than the Tennessee average.
  • The cost of living in La Follette is 25% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in La Follette is 54% 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$39,125$3,260$913$1,174
Renters$14,266$1,189$333$428
A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living is by simply calculating the maximum that a person should spend on housing in La Follette, TN, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The safest way to live in the city is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income that one earns on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. La Follette, TN has a median income of about $39,125 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $913 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $14,266. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $333 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

Tennessee Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Tennessee7%9.75%

Tennessee Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Tennessee0%0%
For those who live in La Follette, TN and want to know what the true cost of living is, they ought to look at both the Tennessee income tax rate and the Tennessee sales tax rate. By sales tax, we mean the taxes that are included whenever a person is purchasing any goods or services. The amount that is taxed depends upon the particular state, where some states have a sales tax of zero percent while others can have a tax higher than seven percent. In Tennessee, the sales tax is 7%, while the most you'll pay in surtax is 9.75%. There is also income tax to consider, which is based upon the amount of money made in a year. Just like sales tax, income tax depends upon the particular state but also depends upon what tax bracket the person is in. Income tax for the state can be higher than nine percent in some states to zero percent in others. For those that live in Tennessee, the income tax rate ranges between 0% to 0%.

Goods & Services

ItemLa FolletteNational avg.Difference
Haircut $13.60$15.5612.6%
Beauty Salon $34.47$36.114.5%
Toothpaste $1.60$2.4735.4%
Shampoo $0.80$0.9617.4%
Movie $9.31$10.138.1%
Bowling $4.24$4.7410.5%

Groceries

ItemLa FolletteNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $3.03$3.9824.0%
Fried Chicken $0.99$1.4129.9%
Milk $1.77$2.0614.2%
Potatoes $2.67$2.9810.4%
Pizza $8.99$9.475.1%
Beer $8.57$8.792.6%

Health Care

ItemLa FolletteNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $86.60$101.0414.3%
Doctor $89.40$107.4416.8%
Dentist $80.67$90.4210.8%
Ibuprofen $8.03$9.2813.4%
Lipitor $442.65$426.503.8%

Housing

ItemLa FolletteNational avg.Difference
Home Price $75,600.00$175,700.0057.0%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $889.49$1,133.2321.5%
Apartment Rent $501.00$920.0045.5%

Transportation

ItemLa FolletteNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.80$1.999.8%
Tire Balancing $28.72$45.7637.2%

Utilities

ItemLa FolletteNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$142.53$163.8113.0%
Phone $25.23$28.3911.1%
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.
Jellico, TN2,44471-29%
Lake City, TN1,77373-27%
Fincastle, TN1,34375-25%
Caryville, TN2,63278-22%
Jacksboro, TN1,91783-17%
La Follette, TN7,30475-25%

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La Follette, TN7,30475-25%
Source: The La Follette, TN cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.