Athens 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 index8590100
Goods & Services index8997100
Groceries index10593100
Health care index8589100
Housing index6980100
Transportation index8790100
Utilities index9295100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Athens, TN is displayed above. In Athens, TN, the overall cost of living index is 85, which is 6% lower than the Tennessee average and 15% lower than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Athens, TN, the city's goods and services are 8% lower than the Tennessee average and 11% lower than the U.S. average.

Did you know?

  • The cost of living in Athens is 6% lower than the Tennessee average.
  • The cost of living in Athens is 15% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Athens is 31% lower than the national average.
  • Tennessee general sales tax is 37% higher than the national average.
  • Tennessee state income tax is 125% higher 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 Athens, 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 Athens, TN homeowners, is $48,971. This would allow for a maximum of $1,143 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $18,121 which would result in a maximum of $423 to be spent on rental costs.

Tennessee Sales Tax

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Tennessee Income Tax

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For those who live in Athens, 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 5% to 5%.

Goods & Services

ItemAthensNational avg.Difference
Haircut $15.67$16.092.6%
Beauty Salon $21.89$37.3341.4%
Toothpaste $2.38$2.452.8%
Shampoo $0.91$1.009.0%
Movie $10.92$10.286.2%
Bowling $4.00$4.9318.9%


ItemAthensNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.26$3.8012.1%
Fried Chicken $1.75$1.4025.5%
Milk $2.56$2.0127.5%
Potatoes $3.62$3.0120.2%
Pizza $8.99$9.899.1%
Beer $9.15$8.902.8%

Health Care

ItemAthensNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $123.11$102.1620.5%
Doctor $73.67$108.3632.0%
Dentist $75.06$92.5318.9%
Ibuprofen $9.48$9.282.2%
Lipitor $419.13$425.821.6%


ItemAthensNational avg.Difference
Home Price $131,700.00$184,700.0028.7%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $973.70$1,202.4419.0%
Apartment Rent $606.00$949.0036.1%


ItemAthensNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $1.98$2.2411.8%
Tire Balancing $39.21$46.2915.3%


ItemAthensNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$136.32$165.9617.9%
Phone $29.99$28.684.6%
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.
Englewood, TN1,78578-22%
Etowah, TN3,49379-21%
Riceville, TN84980-20%
Niota, TN1,07180-20%
Decatur, TN1,42981-19%
Athens, TN13,65185-15%

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Source: The Athens, TN cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2017.