Overall 3%
Goods & Services 2%
Housing 0%
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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.
Cost of living9789100
Goods & Services9893100
Health care9391100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Murfreesboro is 10% higher than the Tennessee average
  • The cost of living in Murfreesboro is 3% lower than the national average
  • Murfreesboro housing is equal to 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

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      The percent of monthly income spent on housing can be a good indicator of the affordability of housing in Murfreesboro, 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 Murfreesboro homeowners, is $80,447. This would allow for a maximum of $1,877 per month to be spent on housing costs. For renters, the median monthly income is $36,260 which would result in a maximum of $846 to be spent on rental costs.

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      Goods & Services

      ItemMurfreesboroNational avg.Difference
      Haircut $20.02$20.271.3%
      Beauty Salon $35.66$40.3911.7%
      Toothpaste $1.91$2.3619.2%
      Shampoo $0.95$1.0811.7%
      Movie $12.04$10.999.6%
      Bowling $20.32$15.4931.2%


      ItemMurfreesboroNational avg.Difference
      Ground Beef $4.91$4.3014.3%
      Fried Chicken $1.09$1.4022.3%
      Milk $2.09$2.205.3%
      Potatoes $3.08$3.224.3%
      Pizza $10.16$10.745.4%
      Beer $9.71$9.601.2%

      Health Care

      ItemMurfreesboroNational avg.Difference
      Optometrist $93.44$109.7314.8%
      Doctor $100.75$118.3414.9%
      Dentist $99.76$100.941.2%
      Ibuprofen $9.16$9.937.7%
      Lipitor $457.47$469.532.6%


      ItemMurfreesboroNational avg.Difference
      Home Price $186,200.00$184,700.000.8%
      Avg. Mortgage Payment $1,133.48$1,229.627.8%
      Apartment Rent $925.00$949.002.5%


      ItemMurfreesboroNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline $2.51$2.717.5%
      Tire Balancing $53.50$51.863.2%


      ItemMurfreesboroNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity$142.75$170.8416.4%
      Phone $189.02$187.181.0%
      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

      CityPopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Eagleville, TN726937.3%
      La Vergne, TN34,451927.5%
      Smyrna, TN45,369936.7%
      Walterhill, TN355945.5%
      Christiana, TN2,627964.5%
      Murfreesboro, TN122,007972.6%

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      Abilene, TX122,6128911.4%
      Victorville, CA121,3201065.9%
      Santa Clara, CA122,72519089.6%
      Athens, GA120,813946.3%
      Evansville, IN120,1568415.6%
      Murfreesboro, TN122,007972.6%
      Source: This data reflects 2021 and was released from C2ER in January, 2022; this is the most current data available.