Overall 7%
Goods & Services 5%
Housing 18%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects 2020 and was released from C2ER in January, 2021; 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.
IndexJohnson CityTennesseeNational
Cost of living9388100
Goods & Services10594100
Health care8890100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Johnson City is 5% higher than the Tennessee average
  • The cost of living in Johnson City is 7% lower than the national average
  • Johnson City housing is 18% lower 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)
      The affordability of the housing market in Johnson City, TN as well as the overall cost of living can be predicted by what percent of the monthly income is spent on housing related costs. This is konwn as the debt-to-income ratio (DTI). The overall rule of thumb is that no more than 28% of your gross income should be spent on the overall costs related to housing and no more than 36% of gross income on all expenses and debts. Among Johnson City homeowners, the median income is $60,414. This indicates that a monthly maximum of $1,410 should be spent by homeowners on all housing related costs. Renters have a median income of $22,602. This indicates that renters would have a maximum of $527 for their rent related monthly costs.

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      Goods & Services

      ItemJohnson CityNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $15.91$18.6214.6%
      Beauty Salon $34.81$39.0510.9%
      Toothpaste $2.24$2.344.5%
      Shampoo $0.94$1.0611.0%
      Movie $12.70$10.6818.9%
      Bowling $16.44$14.6712.1%


      ItemJohnson CityNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $4.40$4.224.2%
      Fried Chicken $1.04$1.3924.7%
      Milk $1.92$2.056.1%
      Potatoes $4.04$3.2922.8%
      Pizza $10.80$10.621.7%
      Beer $9.95$9.386.1%

      Health Care

      ItemJohnson CityNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $77.65$108.5728.5%
      Doctor $78.41$116.1732.5%
      Dentist $95.06$99.134.1%
      Ibuprofen $9.21$9.684.8%
      Lipitor $480.74$466.923.0%


      ItemJohnson CityNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $158,700.00$184,700.0014.1%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,319.00$1,197.4210.2%
      Apartment Rent $696.00$949.0026.7%


      ItemJohnson CityNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $1.91$2.2214.1%
      Tire Balancing $41.96$50.0716.2%


      ItemJohnson CityNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$141.46$167.6715.6%
      Phone $184.96$175.645.3%
      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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      Watauga, TN30083-17%
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      Johnson City, TN65,41593-7%

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      Source: The Johnson City, TN cost of living data displayed above is derived from the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) for 2020.