Oak Ridge 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.
IndexOak RidgeTennesseeNational
Cost of living index8690100
IndexOak RidgeTennesseeNational
Goods & Services index8797100
Groceries index8693100
Health care index9090100
Housing index8580100
Transportation index8290100
Utilities index8892100
An overview of the general cost of living index for Oak Ridge, TN is displayed above for your reference. Residents in Oak Ridge, TN enjoy a cost of living index of 86. This index is 5% lower than the Tennessee average, and 14% 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 Oak Ridge, TN, the average cost of goods and services is 10% lower than it is in Tennessee, and it is 13% lower than the national average.

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  • The cost of living in Oak Ridge is 5% lower than the Tennessee average.
  • The cost of living in Oak Ridge is 14% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Oak Ridge is 15% 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$76,984$6,415$1,796$2,310
Renters$26,647$2,221$622$799
One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Oak Ridge, 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 Oak Ridge, TN have a median income of $76,984. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $1,796 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $26,647, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $622.

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 Oak Ridge, 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

ItemOak RidgeNational 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

ItemOak RidgeNational 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

ItemOak RidgeNational 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

ItemOak RidgeNational avg.Difference
Home Price $152,000.00$175,700.0013.5%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $889.49$1,133.2321.5%
Apartment Rent $738.00$920.0019.8%

Transportation

ItemOak RidgeNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.80$1.999.8%
Tire Balancing $28.72$45.7637.2%

Utilities

ItemOak RidgeNational 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.
Petros, TN55670-30%
Lake City, TN1,77373-27%
Oliver Springs, TN3,06378-22%
Coalfield, TN2,47581-19%
Lenoir City, TN8,86781-19%
Oak Ridge, TN29,30186-14%

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Kent, OH29,36792-8%
Oak Ridge, TN29,30186-14%
Source: The Oak Ridge, TN cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for the fourth quarter of 2016.