Bristol 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 index8790100
Goods & Services index9997100
Groceries index9793100
Health care index8789100
Housing index6380100
Transportation index8590100
Utilities index10895100
A general overview of the cost of living index for Bristol, TN is displayed above. In Bristol, TN, the overall cost of living index is 87, which is 3% lower than the Tennessee average and 13% 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 Bristol, TN, the city's goods and services are 2% higher than the Tennessee average and 1% lower than the U.S. average.

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  • The cost of living in Bristol is 3% lower than the Tennessee average.
  • The cost of living in Bristol is 13% lower than the national average.
  • The cost of housing in Bristol is 37% 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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Use the salary calculator to compare your current income in Bristol, TN to any other city in the country. The calculator will tell you how much income you would need to make in a particular city to live at the same level based on the cost of living in each city. For example, if the cost of living in the city you are looking to move to is higher than that of Bristol, TN, then you would need to earn a higher salary in order to enjoy the same standard of living. To use the Bristol, TN salary calculator, enter the name of the new city, then move the slider to your current salary level. The salary calculator will do the rest and let you know if your salary would need to increase or decrease for the new city. You will also see a complete overview of the cost of living.

Median Income & Debt-To-Income Ratio

Median IncomePer YearPer MonthMax Budget (28% DTI)Max Budget (36% DTI)
A good way to judge both the affordability of the housing and the cost of living is by simply calculating the maximum that a person should spend on housing in Bristol, TN, otherwise known as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The safest way to live in the city is to avoid spending more than 28 percent of the gross income that one earns on costs that pertain to housing and no more than 36 percent on all expenses and debts. Bristol, TN has a median income of about $47,897 for people who own homes. Based on that number, a person should spend a maximum of $1,118 on expenses related to housing. Renters have a slightly different median income, which is $25,669. Based on this average, renters should spend no more than $599 on all of their rental costs if they want to maintain a non-impoverished standard of living.

Tennessee Sales Tax

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Tennessee Income Tax

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For those who live in Bristol, 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

ItemBristolNational avg.Difference
Haircut $11.70$16.0927.3%
Beauty Salon $27.50$37.3326.3%
Toothpaste $2.79$2.4513.9%
Shampoo $0.96$1.004.4%
Movie $11.15$10.288.4%
Bowling $3.50$4.9329.0%


ItemBristolNational avg.Difference
Ground Beef $4.15$3.809.2%
Fried Chicken $1.14$1.4018.4%
Milk $1.81$2.0110.0%
Potatoes $3.17$3.015.4%
Pizza $10.24$9.893.6%
Beer $9.52$8.907.0%

Health Care

ItemBristolNational avg.Difference
Optometrist $82.13$102.1619.6%
Doctor $87.50$108.3619.2%
Dentist $76.67$92.5317.1%
Ibuprofen $9.46$9.282.0%
Lipitor $414.84$425.822.6%


ItemBristolNational avg.Difference
Home Price $111,900.00$184,700.0039.4%
Avg. Mortgage Payment $865.26$1,202.4428.0%
Apartment Rent $653.00$949.0031.2%


ItemBristolNational avg.Difference
Gasoline $2.04$2.249.1%
Tire Balancing $34.29$46.2925.9%


ItemBristolNational avg.Difference
All Electricity$168.81$165.961.7%
Phone $33.32$28.6816.2%
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.
Nickelsville, VA43882-18%
Bluff City, TN1,68287-13%
Bristol, VA17,34087-13%
Blountville, TN2,60288-12%
Walnut Hill, TN2,20889-11%
Bristol, TN26,73487-13%

Cities with similar population

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East St. Louis, IL26,73179-21%
Stevens Point, WI26,71486-14%
Wooster, OH26,77386-14%
Horn Lake, MS26,78583-17%
Superior, WI26,67692-8%
Bristol, TN26,73487-13%
Source: The Bristol, TN cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2017.