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Overall 0%
Goods & Services 15%
Housing 32%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects 2019 and was released from C2ER in January, 2020; this is the most current data available.
The cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. For example, if the cost of living is 90, then it is 10% lower than average. If the cost of living is 110, then it is 10% higher than average. The breakdown for each index is as follows: goods & services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). If the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used.
IndexArlingtonTennesseeNational
Cost of living10089100
Goods & Services8693100
Groceries8995100
Health care7789100
Housing13280100
Transportation8788100
Utilities8896100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Arlington is 12% higher than the Tennessee average
  • The cost of living in Arlington is equal to the national average
  • Arlington housing is 32% higher than the national average
  • Tennessee general sales tax is 37% higher than the national average
  • Tennessee state income tax is 59% 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$98,673$8,223$2,302$2,960
      Renters$87,273$7,273$2,036$2,618
      To approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Arlington, TN, we can look at the percentage of income that is available to be spent on monthly housing, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). To stay on the safe side, a consumer should not spend more than 28% of his or her gross income on housing-related expenses and costs and not more than 36% of income on all expenses and debts. Homeowners in Arlington have a median income of $98,673. Therefore, the amount that a consumer should spend on housing costs should be no more than $2,302 per month to avoid calamity and poverty. The renters in the city have an income of about $87,273, which would make their monthly maximum allowable rental costs $2,036.

      Tennessee Sales Tax

      StateGeneral Sales TaxWith Max Surtax
      Tennessee7%9.75%

      Tennessee Income Tax

      StateIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
      Tennessee1%1%

      Goods & Services

      ItemArlingtonNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $14.50$17.4917.1%
      Beauty Salon $33.00$38.1713.5%
      Toothpaste $1.76$2.3224.2%
      Shampoo $0.79$1.0121.9%
      Movie $12.17$10.7213.5%
      Bowling $17.50$13.8626.3%

      Groceries

      ItemArlingtonNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $3.14$3.9019.5%
      Fried Chicken $0.83$1.4040.5%
      Milk $2.01$1.962.4%
      Potatoes $3.19$3.180.2%
      Pizza $8.25$10.3920.6%
      Beer $8.84$9.234.2%

      Health Care

      ItemArlingtonNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $61.66$106.3442.0%
      Doctor $74.63$115.2535.2%
      Dentist $75.17$98.3823.6%
      Ibuprofen $7.98$9.2613.8%
      Lipitor $466.06$466.470.1%

      Housing

      ItemArlingtonNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $207,800.00$184,700.0012.5%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $921.18$1,273.3227.7%
      Apartment Rent $1,679.00$949.0076.9%

      Transportation

      ItemArlingtonNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.30$2.5911.4%
      Tire Balancing $42.16$48.9013.8%

      Utilities

      ItemArlingtonNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$131.84$167.6021.3%
      Phone $182.13$163.4211.5%
      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.

      Nearby cities with low cost of living

      City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Stanton, TN43479-21%
      Mason, TN1,19177-23%
      Millington, TN11,06981-19%
      Gallaway, TN94883-17%
      Brighton, TN2,93184-16%
      Arlington, TN11,5991000%

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      City, StatePopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Elizabethtown, PA11,59898-2%
      Cottonwood, AZ11,59895-5%
      Macedonia, OH11,5951044%
      Berkley, CO11,59498-2%
      Lake Los Angeles, CA11,6091033%
      Arlington, TN11,5991000%
      Source: The Arlington, TN cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2019.