Arlington 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 index10089100
Goods & Services index8693100
Groceries index8995100
Health care index7789100
Housing index13280100
Transportation index8788100
Utilities index8896100
Displayed above is a general overview of the Arlington, TN cost of living index. The overall cost of living index in Arlington, TN is 100, which is 12% higher than the Tennessee average and equal to the national average. The cost of living index is created from the following categories: goods/services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). As you can see, goods/services and housing make up the majority of the overall cost of living index. Everyday goods and services can be a good indicator of the general cost of goods in a given city. In this case, the goods and services in Arlington, TN are 8% lower than the Tennessee average and 15% lower than the national average.
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  • 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.
  • The cost of housing in Arlington is 32% higher than the national average.
  • Tennessee general sales tax is 37% higher than the national average.
  • Tennessee state income tax is 170% higher 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)
One can approximate the cost of living and the housing affordability in Arlington, 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 Arlington, TN 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

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Tennessee Income Tax

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For those who live in Arlington, 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 6% to 6%.

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%


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%


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%


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


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%

Cities with similar population

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.
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