Nashville 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.
IndexNashvilleTennesseeNational
Cost of living index9790100
IndexNashvilleTennesseeNational
Goods & Services index10298100
Groceries index9492100
Health care index8689100
Housing index9178100
Transportation index9793100
Utilities index10291100
The above illustration supplies generalized information for the Nashville, TN cost of living index. Compared to other cities in Tennessee and cities across the country, the cost of living index in Nashville, TN is 97, which is 8% higher than the Tennessee average and 3% 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 Nashville, TN are 4% higher than the average for Tennessee and 2% higher than the rest of the country.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Nashville is 8% higher than the Tennessee average.
  • The cost of living in Nashville is 3% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Nashville is 9% 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$63,599$5,300$1,484$1,908
Renters$30,036$2,503$701$901
One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Nashville, 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 Nashville, TN have a median income of $63,599. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $1,484 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $30,036, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $701.

Tennessee Sales Tax

StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
Tennessee7%9.75%

Tennessee Income Tax

StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
Tennessee0%0%
When you are determining the total cost of living in Nashville, TN you will want to make sure you consider both the Tennessee sales tax and the Tennessee income tax rates. Sales tax come in the form of taxes levied on both services and goods that are sold. The sales tax rates are different state to state and range from zero sales tax to higher than 7%. The sales tax in Tennessee is 7%, with the highest surtax being 9.75%. Tax that is on income by the government is income tax. Different states have different income tax rates and these rates can be higher or lower dependent on the corresponding tax bracket. The state income tax rates are different state to state and range from no income tax to more than 9% income tax. The income tax rates in Tennessee have a range from 0% to 0%.

Goods & Services

ItemNashvilleNational avg.Difference
Haircut $16.40$14.5912.4%
Beauty Salon $30.40$34.6812.3%
Toothpaste $2.69$2.478.8%
Shampoo $1.05$1.022.7%
Movie $10.05$9.871.8%
Bowling $4.55$4.393.6%

Groceries

ItemNashvilleNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.49$4.480.3%
Fried Chicken $1.31$1.4610.5%
Milk $1.87$2.3620.7%
Potatoes $2.58$3.0615.7%
Pizza $10.99$9.2418.9%
Beer $8.65$8.630.2%

Health Care

ItemNashvilleNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $74.50$99.7825.3%
Doctor $78.33$105.0325.4%
Dentist $79.00$88.7010.9%
Ibuprofen $8.79$9.416.6%
Lipitor $276.00$298.507.5%

Housing

ItemNashvilleNational avg.Difference
Home Price $165,000.00$181,400.009.0%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $806.99$1,081.0325.3%
Apartment Rent $816.00$889.008.2%

Transportation

ItemNashvilleNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.11$2.091.0%
Tire Balancing $39.20$45.2913.4%

Utilities

ItemNashvilleNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$193.08$170.8013.0%
Phone $24.50$28.2613.3%
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.

Nearby cities with low cost of living

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Millersville, TN6,18195-5%
Smyrna, TN40,11895-5%
La Vergne, TN32,45895-5%
Berry Hill, TN45198-2%
Goodlettsville, TN15,960100-0%
Nashville, TN605,85997-3%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
Washington, DC605,75913636%
Denver, CO604,3561077%
Seattle, WA612,91614242%
Louisville, KY597,23192-8%
Milwaukee, WI594,32893-7%
Nashville, TN605,85997-3%
Source: The Nashville, TN cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2015.