Morristown 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 index8791100
Goods & Services index10098100
Groceries index9192100
Health care index8989100
Housing index6680100
Transportation index9493100
Utilities index9891100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Morristown, TN is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Morristown, TN enjoy a cost of living index of 87. This index is 3% lower than the Tennessee average, and 13% lower than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Morristown, TN, the average cost of goods and services is 2% higher than it is in Tennessee, and it is equal to the national average.

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  • The cost of living in Morristown is 3% lower than the Tennessee average.
  • The cost of living in Morristown is 13% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Morristown is 34% 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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The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Morristown, TN as well as the overall cost of living. As a general rule of thumb, the debt-to-income ratio (DTI) for homeowners or renters should be not more than 28 percent of gross income to be spent on housing related costs and not more than 36 percent of income on all expenses, including debts. The median income for Morristown, TN homeowners, is $47,026. This would allow for a maximum of $1,097 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $21,420 which would result in a maximum of $500 to be spent on rental costs.

Tennessee Sales Tax

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Tennessee Income Tax

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When considering the overall cost of living expenses in Morristown, TN, it's important to take into account the sales tax for Tennessee, as well as the rate for income tax in Tennessee. Goods and services sold to consumers in any state have some form of sales tax. Each state has its own tax code, which means that sales tax rates vary from state to state, ranging from over 7% in some states to as low as 0% in others. The maximum surtax for Tennessee is 9.75%, and the sales tax in the state of Tennessee is 7%. Alternatively, the tax imposed on your income by the state government is known as income tax. The rate for this tax also varies from state to state, and your rate is affected by your tax bracket, which is determined by your level of income. Income tax rates might be as high as 9%, down to as low as 0%. The range for income tax rates in Tennessee starts from 0% and goes up to 0%.

Goods & Services

ItemMorristownNational avg.Difference
Haircut $11.00$14.5924.6%
Beauty Salon $32.33$34.686.8%
Toothpaste $2.18$2.4711.9%
Shampoo $0.98$1.024.1%
Movie $10.50$9.876.4%
Bowling $3.85$4.3912.3%


ItemMorristownNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.67$4.484.3%
Fried Chicken $1.15$1.4621.5%
Milk $2.46$2.364.4%
Potatoes $3.31$3.068.1%
Pizza $11.49$9.2424.3%
Beer $8.58$8.630.6%

Health Care

ItemMorristownNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $101.67$99.781.9%
Doctor $89.33$105.0315.0%
Dentist $85.33$88.703.8%
Ibuprofen $7.97$9.4115.3%
Lipitor $246.50$298.5017.4%


ItemMorristownNational avg.Difference
Home Price $112,400.00$175,700.0036.0%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $818.14$1,081.0324.3%
Apartment Rent $645.00$920.0029.9%


ItemMorristownNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.04$2.092.6%
Tire Balancing $39.00$45.2913.9%


ItemMorristownNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$153.53$170.8010.1%
Phone $30.65$28.268.5%
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.
Rutledge, TN1,39382-18%
Parrottsville, TN24783-17%
Bulls Gap, TN60684-16%
Mooresburg, TN1,12485-15%
Bean Station, TN3,07285-15%
Morristown, TN29,15287-13%

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Morristown, TN29,15287-13%
Source: The Morristown, TN cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.